Is there anything interesting about its design?
View the current XV and its replacement from side-on, and you genuinely won't be able to tell the difference; they appear to be exactly the same size. From the front and rear, though, you'll be able to pick the two apart – if you know what to look for.
A headlight array with LED foglights, as well as a new horizontal tail-light makeover, complement new front and rear bumpers and a new, darker grille design.
Subaru says the XV's exterior is inspired by the ubiquitous G-Shock watch, which uses rubber bumpers to protect its glass surfaces. There's certainly nothing beige about it.
The XV gets what the car industry calls a new 'top hat' over Subaru's new SGP (Subaru Global Platform) chassis, which debuted late last year under the new generation Impreza. The upper 'glasshouse' section of the car is the same as the Impreza, but the body sides are unique to the XV.
Interior photos show a layout that's largely the same as the Impreza, save for different seat designs with contrasting orange stitching, as well as an XV-specific monitor option on the touchscreen multimedia system.
Subaru tore up the playbook with the interior of its new Impreza, and those updates have made their way directly into the XV.
This means 26mm more legroom and a 100mm wider cargo area than the last car. The XV's maximum width of 2019mm from mirror-to-mirror hasn't changed, but the actual car is wider by 20mm to 1800mm, reflecting its Impreza donor's measurements.
'Cool Grey Khaki' (which is more like a pale blue) and 'Sunshine Orange' (check) are the two new colours for the XV, adding to white, black, blue and grey. Sadly, the red seen in our pics isn't available locally, while colours like green and yellow are off the list, too.