The recently launched 2018 Subaru XV embodies the latest advancements, being constructed on the innovative Subaru Global Platform, ensuring elevated levels of performance, safety, capability, and comfort. This exhilarating XV model seamlessly blends a striking new aesthetic with an exceptionally adept chassis, catering to diverse driving environments, whether conquering off-road terrain or navigating city streets. The Subaru XV is a mainstay title in the Best Compact SUVs list, and this refresh further solidifies its place in the highly competitive segment.

Marking a significant expansion in size compared to its 2016 predecessor, the XV embraces Subaru’s contemporary design philosophy, termed “Dynamic x Solid.” Offering an enriched multimedia experience, it incorporates standard features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, along with Near Field Communication for simplified Bluetooth pairing. The adoption of Active Torque Vectoring, initially introduced in the WRX and WRX STI, now comes standard across all trim levels. This system actively mitigates understeer, ensuring the vehicle adheres to the driver’s intended cornering trajectory.

The new XV will be available in distinct trim levels: base, Premium, and Limited. This diverse range caters to varying preferences and showcases Subaru’s commitment to delivering a compelling driving experience across different lifestyles.

The all-new XV showcases a revamped exterior design that seamlessly integrates the brand’s distinctive hexagonal grille and hawk-eye headlights onto a more artistically sculpted body. Its robust presence is underscored by prominent wheel arches and fluid lines, creating a visually compelling aesthetic. The addition of black side- and wheel-arch cladding, lower-rocker panels, and roof rails introduces a striking contrast to the body color, enhancing the XV’s rugged appeal.

This striking exterior transformation extends into the interior, where a dynamic design philosophy unfolds with an outward-flow layout echoing the front of the car. Boasting a 104.9-inch wheelbase, a 1.2-inch increase over the previous generation, the 2018 XV maintains its nimble size. Despite being only 0.6 inches longer and 0.9 inches wider than its predecessor, the XV achieves a more spacious cabin, providing added roominess for occupants. The inclusion of a 60/40 split flat-folding rear seat and a wider rear gate opening contributes to an expanded cargo area, enhancing overall utility.

Exceptional all-around visibility, coupled with a high ground clearance of 8.7 inches, 17-inch alloy wheels, and leading interior volume within its compact SUV category, defines the XV as a versatile and agile vehicle. This comprehensive package delivers a compelling combination of style, functionality, and performance, solidifying XV’s position as a standout choice in the compact SUV segment.

The innovative Subaru Global Platform, in conjunction with the SUBARU BOXER engine, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD), and EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, constitutes the fundamental technology framework underlying the next era of Subaru vehicles. Serving as the backbone for the brand’s core technologies, XV’s new platform embodies a novel architecture featuring optimized cross-sections and reinforced joints between structures. This design enhancement significantly elevates straight-line stability, agility, and ride comfort, setting a new standard for noise reduction, vibration suppression, and overall refinement in the compact SUV class. Impressively, the unitized body structure’s rigidity increases by over 70 percent, a testament to the platform’s engineering prowess.

Incorporating the Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission), all trim levels now boast the driver-selectable X-Mode as a standard feature. This enhancement ensures superior wheel control on slippery surfaces and steep inclines, further enhancing the XV’s capability and versatility.

Marking the most substantial advancement in Subaru’s performance evolution, the platform’s lower center of gravity and revamped suspension systems contribute to an unparalleled driving experience. The introduction of a double-wishbone independent rear suspension, with the rear stabilizer bar directly mounted to the body, significantly augments body stiffness and stability compared to its predecessor. Beyond enhancing hazard-avoidance capabilities, the inherent handling agility of the Subaru Global Platform is a key factor in the 2018 XV’s resolute straight-line stability, making it a more enjoyable and relaxing driving experience. Moreover, this stability lays the groundwork for potential autonomous driving capabilities in future Subaru vehicles, highlighting the platform’s forward-looking design and adaptability.

The updated FB 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine undergoes significant improvements, including the introduction of direct fuel injection and various enhancements aimed at elevating both performance and drivability. The power output sees a notable increase, now reaching 152 horsepower compared to the previous 148. The 2.0i base and Premium trims are equipped with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, providing a dynamic driving experience. Alternatively, these trims offer the option of the Lineartronic CVT for those seeking a versatile and smooth transmission.

For the Limited trim, the CVT is standard and features a 7-speed manual mode function, complemented by steering wheel paddle shifters. This innovative configuration empowers the driver to take command of the transmission through seven pre-set ratios, adding a level of control and engagement that enhances the overall driving experience. Whether opting for the manual transmission or the CVT with manual mode, the XV’s powertrain options cater to a diverse range of preferences, ensuring a blend of performance, efficiency, and driving pleasure across different trim levels.

Subaru’s meticulous design of the 2018 XV prioritizes elevated safety standards, surpassing its predecessor, which held the prestigious IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK title for six consecutive years (when equipped with available EyeSight). The new platform, serving as the foundation for the 2018 XV, enhances crash energy absorption by an impressive 40 percent compared to existing models.

The EyeSight system, a hallmark of safety features, encompasses Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, Lane Departure and Sway Warning. For added safety, the options include Blind Spot Detection with Lane Keep Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Introducing innovative technologies, the XV now offers Steering steering-responsive headlights, illuminating curves as the vehicle steers into them, and High Beam Assist, which intuitively activates and deactivates high beam headlamps based on driving conditions. Standard equipment across all 2018 XV models includes front seat side impact airbags, side curtain airbags, and a driver’s knee airbag.

Expanding on driver-assist capabilities, the 2018 XV introduces Reverse Automatic Braking and displays steering lines for the standard rear vision camera. Reverse Automatic Braking enhances safety by applying the vehicle’s brakes upon detecting obstacles while in reverse. Additionally, a new 4-way Tire Pressure Monitoring System is available, capable of detecting pressure drops at individual wheels, further contributing to the comprehensive safety profile of the 2018 XV.

The 2018 Subaru XV offers a versatile lineup with three distinct trim levels: 2.0i base, Premium, and Limited, each catering to different preferences and needs.

The 2.0i base trim sets the foundation with an extensive list of standard features, including a 6.5-inch multimedia touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, power windows with auto up/down for both driver and passenger sides, a 60/40-split fold-down rear seat, power door locks and side mirrors, a multi-function display with fuel economy information, a tilt and telescoping steering column, a security system with engine immobilizer, 17-inch machine finish alloy wheels, integrated roof rails, carpeted floor mats, and privacy glass. The 2.0i base and Premium trims offer a choice between a 6-speed manual transmission or an available CVT equipped with X-Mode featuring hill-descent control.

Moving up to the Premium trim introduces additional features such as a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, a shark fin antenna, SUBARU STARLINK Safety and Security features, the All-Weather Package with heated front seats, windshield, and exterior mirrors, as well as automatic headlights. The Premium trim expands option availability, including a power moonroof and various driver-assist technology systems. The interior is offered in either black or a new high-contrast gray cloth interior with orange double stitching.

The top-tier Limited trim exudes sophistication with LED headlights, distinctive “Konoji” LED daytime running lights (DRL), 18-inch machine finish alloy wheels, and Steering-responsive headlights that illuminate curves as the vehicle steers. Chrome trim accents and turn signal side mirrors add an elegant touch. The Limited comes standard with the CVT equipped with X-Mode and hill-descent control. Inside, the Limited boasts black or high-contrast gray leather with orange double stitching on the seats, door armrests, and instrument panel. Standard amenities include an automatic climate control system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, Keyless Access and push-button Start, an 8-inch color display, and a 6-way power driver’s seat—the first-ever in a XV. The exclusive instrument panel features white gauge cluster illumination, and the Limited offers the option of a new Harman/Kardon premium audio system. Models equipped with EyeSight also include High Beam Assist, and the available navigation system features maps provided by TomTom. The 2018 Subaru XV delivers a diverse range of features and options across its trim levels to meet the varied preferences of its drivers.

The SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia system incorporated in Subaru vehicles present cutting-edge features for a comprehensive digital experience, encompassing digital music playback, Bluetooth wireless capability, iPod control, smartphone integration, and more. The display screen serves as the interface for the standard rear vision camera, and the highest-tier system includes built-in navigation for enhanced convenience.

Additionally, SUBARU STARLINK Connected Services offers the Safety Plus package, providing a range of valuable features such as SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, Maintenance Notifications, Monthly Vehicle Health Reports, and Diagnostic Alerts. For those seeking an even more robust suite of services, an upgrade to the Safety Plus & Security Plus package is available. This advanced package includes Stolen Vehicle Recovery Service, Vehicle Security Alarm Notification, Remote Lock/Unlock, Remote Horn and Lights, and Remote Vehicle Locator. The integration of SUBARU STARLINK in Subaru vehicles not only enhances the in-car multimedia experience but also provides a layer of safety and security features, making driving more connected and secure.

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