Subaru XV Pricing and Specs
Subaru's pint-sized XV might technically play in the small SUV sandpit, but it's actually more a high-riding hatch-cum-wagon, with the original based heavily on the brand's Impreza small car. Its rugged and capable looks are matched by Subaru's all-wheel drive system and decent ground clearance, ensuring light off-road duties are covered off in the XV's CV. Launched in 2012, an all-new model riding on a new global platform hit our shores in 2017, powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder 'boxer' engine paired with a continuously variable transmission. Stylish and practical, the XV is traditionally a strong seller for the Japanese brand.
This vehicle is also known as Subaru Impreza, Crosstrek.
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Subaru XV FAQs
Check out real-world situations relating to the Subaru XV here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.
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.Show more
What small or mid-sized SUV should I buy?
For a start, some owners are not mad about the Subaru’s CVT transmission. It’s not that it’s necessarily unreliable, they just don’t like the way it works with an occasional hesitation and a slight jerkiness at light throttle applications. Some people never notice it, but others find it a real distraction. The Kia meanwhile, has been getting good reviews across the trade, largely thanks to the Australian-input into the model’s suspension settings.
Of course, you need to personally drive all three cars on your short-list as there will be things you like and dislike about each one, some of which will be deal-breakers.
The SsangYong is certainly the unknown quantity, but mainly because of the brand’s on-again-off-again relationship with the Australian market. But now, with head-office support (the Australian operation is the only factory-owned distributorship outside the brand’s native South Korea) things are looking a bit brighter for buyers and that’s backed up by the factory seven-year/unlimited kilometre warranty that also includes fixed price servicing and roadside-assistance for seven years. That’s got to represent peace of mind.Show more
Subaru XV 2014: Engine making unknown noise
The auto in your car is a continuously variable one, and the sound you describe sounds like the noise you get from a CVT. If it has become louder in recent times it might be a good idea to have the transmission replaced.Show more