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Subaru XV

Subaru is famous for its range of rough and ready off roaders like the Outback and Forester, but the small, high-riding XV is cut from a different cloth.

Based on the popular Impreza, the XV compact SUV shares its 2.0-litre petrol 'boxer' engine and its all-wheel drive capability, but cloaks it in an off-road flavoured bodyshell that's both practical and a little bit groovy. While it was a slow burner when it launched in 2012, the XV has steadily grown to become one of Subaru's stronger performers. It's not perfect – the 2.0-litre atmo engine is a bit underdone, and the styling can polarise – but the new generation car launched in 2017 will be a solid seller.

Current prices range from $29,690 to $40,790 for the XV 2.0I AWD and XV Hybrid S AWD.

This vehicle is also known as Subaru Impreza, Crosstrek.

Subaru XV Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Subaru XV varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $22,100 and going to $40,790 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2021 SUV 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $22,100 $38,940
2021 SUV 2.0L, PULP, CVT AUTO $29,690 $40,790
2020 SUV 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $22,100 $38,940
2019 SUV 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $20,700 $36,410
2018 SUV 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $18,300 $33,220
2017 SUV 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $16,000 $29,260
See All Subaru XV Pricing and Specs

Subaru XV Colours

The XV Hybrid is available in two new colours for 2021 - Lagoon Blue and Plasma Yellow - while Cool Grey, Ice Silver, Pure Red, Crystal Black, Magnetite Grey, Horizon Blue, Dark Blue and Crystal White are also on offer.

  • Lagoon Blue Pearl
  • Plasma Yellow Pearl
  • Pure Red
  • Dark Blue Pearl
  • Horizon Blue Pearl
  • Cool Grey
  • Crystal Black Silica
  • Magnetite Grey Metallic
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Crystal White Pearl
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Subaru XV Accessories

The XV Hybrid L includes AWD, adaptive cruise control, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Sway Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Lead Vehicle Start Alert, Pre-Collision Braking System, Pre-Collision Brake Assist (essentially Subaru’s Autonomous Emergency Braking system that falls under the proprietary ‘EyeSight’ technology), Pre-Collision Throttle Management, Brake Light Recognition, rain-sensing wipers, auto-on/off headlights and front fog lights.

There’s also an 8.0-inch touchscreen, reverse camera, digital radio, climate-control air-con, leather-trimmed steering wheel, power-folding mirrors and 17-inch alloy wheels – though no spare due to the hybrid system taking up space under the boot floor.

A puncture-repair kit is your lot.

Subaru XV Interior

Entry/egress through the front doors is easy. Wide doors and a sizeable aperture allow for that. High cushions and loads of seat travel also make finding the right driving position a piece of cake while thin pillars and a low dash cowl enhance forward and side vision, aided of course by large mirrors and a reverse camera.

The dash is generic modern-day Subaru, down to the clean and clear dials, rudimentary climate control system and very straightforward multimedia system. The latter is simple but a little clunky and dated, but gets the job done as far as functionality is concerned.

There’s no escaping the acres of well-made but slightly sheeny plastics, but they don’t rattle or zizz. They’re also quite soft to touch, so don’t seem cheapo either.

Ventilation is ample, and there is plenty of storage, including for smaller bottles in the doors, a medium-sized glovebox and a large centre bin between the front seats.

Meanwhile, sat comfortably high in the back seat, occupants enjoy an airy environment offering more head and legroom than the compact crossover proportions suggest, backed by exceptionally long doors (they open to almost 90 degrees), a sturdy centre armrest with cupholders, and storage in the doors for small bottles and phones.

What is missing are overhead reading lights – though the central ceiling item isn’t too far out of reach – and face-level air vents – but, again, the huge dash-sited ones have no problem reaching the second row. And, the windows wind all the way down too to boot.

Speaking of which, the cargo area is defined by its width and craftsmanship, but not depth due to the hybrid gear lurking underneath the near boot-lip level floor height.

Subaru XV Dimensions

The dimensions of the Subaru XV SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2021 SUV 1615x1800x4465 mm 220 mm
2020 SUV 1615x1800x4465 mm 220 mm
2019 SUV 1615x1800x4465 mm 220 mm
2018 SUV 1615x1780x4450 mm 220 mm
2017 SUV 1615x1780x4450 mm 220 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Subaru XV Dimensions

Subaru XV Boot Space

The 345-litre cargo area wins with its width and craftsmanship, but loses valuable depth due to the hybrid gear lurking underneath the near boot-lip level floor height. Capacity stretches to 919L with the split/fold backrests dropped down. A tyre-inflation kit is fitted in lieu of a spare wheel.

Subaru XV Boot space

Subaru XV Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Subaru XV here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • What small all-wheel drive hatchback should I buy?

    Small all-wheel drive hatchbacks are rare in Australia, as only a comparatively tiny number of people live in the sort of environments that require the added traction and surety that AWD provides.

    Also, most Australian consumers seeking AWD tend to go for smaller SUVs, since they are easier to get in and out of, offer a higher seating position and generally enjoy better resale values. On the flipside, SUVs cost more to buy and run, are not as stable at increased speeds due to their higher centre of gravity and are larger to manoeuvre in tighter parking spots than a small hatchback.

    The Subaru Impreza remains the least expensive small AWD hatchback you can buy new, as well as the sole mainstream-branded model starting at under $30,000.

    However, while the latest-generation Impreza launched in 2016 it's a huge improvement over previous iterations (with service intervals finally extended  to 12 months/12,500km), there are a few more compelling alternatives in small crossovers – that is, the in-between segment between small cars and SUVs; they boast a few extra centimetres of ground clearance without the bulk. Note only a few crossovers offer AWD as an option.

    A recent stint in the new Impreza-derived XV 2.0L Hybrid revealed it to be a powerful and economical crossover with excellent handling and road-holding capabilities. The same applies to the Mazda3-based CX-30 AWD, the Toyota C-HR 1.2L-turbo AWD and Volkswagen T-Roc 140TSI 4Motion - though none are as frugal as the Subaru.

    If you're not sold on the idea of an crossover AWD and prefer a small AWD hatchback, then your only other option is to stretch to premium European hatchbacks like the Mercedes-Benz A250 4Matic, BMW M135i xDrive, Audi A3 quattro and Volkswagen Golf R. But all generally cost upwards of $60,000 drive-away - and that's before some of the more desirable options fitted.

    Finally, unless you are travelling hundreds of kilometres ever week, there is probably no benefit choosing diesel over petrol, as the former fuel is dirtier for the environment and not as quiet and refined as the latter. Additionally, diesels are falling out of favour with buyers due to their harmful emissions, and most companies are switching to petrol/electric hybrids as a solution. Again, this means the Subaru XV Hybrid AWD.

    A long response we know, Jan, but we hope this helps.

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  • What car should I replace my 2011 Hyundai i20 with?

    You’ve layed out some challenging requirements here. You’d like a small SUV with a bit of ride comfort and clearly a bit of performance too, given your question about the i30 N.
    I think you’ll find the ride harsh on the i30 N, especially since you found the ride on the Kona harsh already. Keep in mind the i30 N is a hot hatch and has the suspension to match.
    I find the Subaru XV has very nice ride comfort for the small SUV segment, but I also feel that you will be disappointed with the performance from its 2.0-litre engine. You may also want to consider the new Hybrid Toyota C-HR. The Hybrid drive gives it a smidge of extra kick and it’s a fuel consumption hero, too.
    For a better blend of performance and ride, really only the Volkswagen T-Roc and Skoda Karoq are going to excel in the small SUV crowd. In terms of ownership both now have five year warranties, and you can (and should) pre-package five years of servicing on top at a discount.

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  • Does the 2014 Subaru XV come with a service log book?

    It certainly would have had a service schedule book in the glove-box when it was delivered new, Denis. These books are important pieces of a car’s history as they show (or don’t show) that the car has been serviced correctly throughout its life. It’s one of the first things switched-on buyers look for in a second-hand car.

    Unfortunately, because it’s a paper book and not a plastic or metal piece of the car, these books tend to go missing pretty often. Usually it’s just a simple case of somebody cleaning out the glove-box and throwing the book away or – more commonly – storing it somewhere safe where it will never be found again. If you want to take the more cynical view, `losing’ the service log-book is a great way of getting rid of evidence of shoddy servicing over the years.

    You can approach a Subaru dealer to see if you can get a new log book, but even then it won’t show the car’s service history, only what’s been done since you obtained the new book. Even then, I’d grab a normal softcover exercise book that fits in the glove-box and use that to record each service or repair as time goes by. That will certainly be better than nothing to the person who eventually buys the car from you.

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  • Subaru XV 2014: Why is my car randomly beeping?

    A lot of cars have warning chimes, buzzers and bells to warn you of all sorts of things you have never even imagined going wrong. The Japanese manufacturers seem especially keen on them.

    It could be an actual fault with a door-ajar or seat-belt warning chime or it could be a new habit the sat-nav has picked up. Have you checked the oil level and the level of coolant in the overflow-tank? Plenty of cars will warn you when these items need attention, and, since they’re not everyday events, this could be the first time you’ve experienced them.

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Subaru XV Towing Capacity

The Subaru XV has maximum towing capacity of 1400kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2021 SUV 1250kg 1400kg
2020 SUV 1250kg 1400kg
2019 SUV 1270kg 1400kg
2018 SUV 1400kg 1400kg
2017 SUV 1400kg 1400kg
See All Towing Capacity for Subaru XV

Subaru XV Wheel Size

The Subaru XV has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 225x60 R17 9 for SUV in 2021 with a wheel size that spans from —.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 SUV 225x60 R17 9 225x60 R17 9
2020 SUV 225x60 R17 9 17x7 inches 225x60 R17 9 17x7 inches
2019 SUV 225x60 R17 9 17x7 inches 225x60 R17 9 17x7 inches
2018 SUV 225x55 R17 17x7 inches 225x55 R17 17x7 inches
2017 SUV 225x55 R17 17x7 inches 225x55 R17 17x7 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Subaru XV Wheel Sizes

Subaru XV Fuel Consumption

The Subaru XV is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Hyb/PULP, PULP, Hyb/ULP and ULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 6.5L/100km for SUV /Hyb/PULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2021 SUV 6.5L/100km 2.0L Hyb/PULP CVT AUTO
2021 SUV 7L/100km 2.0L PULP CVT AUTO
2020 SUV 6.5L/100km 2.0L Hyb/PULP CVT AUTO
2020 SUV 6.5L/100km 2.0L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2020 SUV 7L/100km 2.0L PULP CVT AUTO
2020 SUV 7L/100km 2.0L ULP CVT AUTO
2019 SUV 6.5L/100km 2.0L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2019 SUV 7L/100km 2.0L ULP CVT AUTO
2018 SUV 7L/100km 2.0L ULP CVT AUTO
2017 SUV 7.3L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Subaru XV Pricing and Specs for 2021

Subaru XV Speed

Subaru states that the XV Hybrid L in European-specification can hit 100km/h from standstill in 10.7 seconds, on the way to a 200km/h top speed.

Subaru XV Seats

High cushions and loads of seat travel also make finding the right driving position a piece of cake, on seats that are wide and flat but not uncomfortable. They recline all the way back, offer plenty of legroom up front, and provide sufficient lumbar support

Meanwhile, sat comfortably high in the back seat, the backrest is at a pleasant angle, the cushion has sufficient under-thigh support and there's a decent amount of legroom.