The 2016 Subaru XV facelift

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The Subaru XV, launched in South Africa in 2012 and just received a facelift, including two new colours.

Dirk, a self-confessed Subaru fanboy, reviewed the Subaru XV for us in 2012 but missed out on the opportunity to drive the new facelift version, instead, deciding to holiday in the land of the hobbits and long white cloud when the vehicle was available. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining. I don’t usually get to drive the Subaru’s but this facelift version, especially in the Hyper Blue, was lots of fun while my daily drive in August.

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For those who don’t know the Subaru XV is the Japanese manufacturer’s crossover SUV. I’m not sure how many they have sold but I’m suddenly noticing them everywhere, including my neighbour’s driveway, in the really striking new colour, Hyper Blue!

The Facelift

At the front of the car, the hexagonal front grille has now been tweaked with a larger chrome split wing. The shape of the front bumper has also been revised to include accented chrome plating that now surrounds the fog lamps and gives the car a more modern look. The Subaru common motif has also been slightly extended and the HID headlamps now include white indicator bulbs, bringing the XV more in line with the rest of the Subaru line-up.

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Boot space is marginal until you fold down the rear seats

A standout trait of the XV is the 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels with black inlays and silver spokes that have now been slightly turned to convey a sense of movement to the overall design. The centre hub of the wheel now boasts the Subaru Six-Star emblem in a clear cap.

A new visual tweak of the wheel is the addition of bold orange stitching that is also carried into the rest of the cabin. This youthful touch extends to the seat and headrest sides, the central and door armrests as well as the gear shifter boot giving the roomy cabin a fresh appeal.

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The XV is driver-orientated with everything at your fingertips

Under the hood

The new XV retains the same award-winning 2.0-litre Boxer 4-cylinder DOHC petrol engine. This economical yet responsive unit boasts 110kW of power at 6,200 r/min and 196 Nm of torque at 4,200r/min. Mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or a Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission, the XV is capable of achieving 8.0l/100km or 7.9l/100km respectively. A class-leading 220mm ground clearance, Constant Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive and advanced Subaru Dynamic Chassis Control leave you in no doubt that this Crossover is more capable than any of its city slicker 2WD segment competitors.

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Sporty orange stitching accents the leather seats

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