Subaru XV SUV gets a facelift for 2021

Mid-cycle refresh for Subaru XV includes updated exterior styling and a few more driver assistance features

Subaru has launched an updated version of the XV crossover, which will go on sale in March with prices starting from £31,665.

Design changes for the new XV are relatively minor, stretching to a redesigned front bumper, new radiator grille and tweaked fog lamp bezels. New 18-inch alloy wheels appear and a choice of two new paint finishes are added to the XV’s palette – Plasma Yellow and Horizon Blue.

Subaru has also updated the XV’s chassis with a new set of springs and dampers, as well as a new drivetrain controller featuring specific settings for snow, dirt, gravel and mud. Drivers can also now adjust the car’s engine and drivetrain characteristics using Subaru’s new SI-Drive system, which has dedicated settings for fuel efficiency and performance.

Safety equipment gets a boost, too. Now, the XV comes as standard with a new 180-degree front monitor, which constantly checks the crossover’s nose and blind spots for obstacles and pedestrians. The mirrors now also automatically tilt downwards when the car is in reverse, for better visibility when parking.

There are just two trim-levels to choose from, and while the updated XV’s prices appear to be more expensive than the outgoing model, the increase is only because Subaru has axed the old car’s 1.6-litre engine. The new base-model’s starting price is exactly the same as the equivalent pre-facelift model.

The entry-level SE variant features automatic LED headlamps, heated front seats, keyless go, all of the aforementioned safety equipment and an eight-inch infotainment system with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The driver’s seat and door mirrors also now come with a memory function.

The range-topping Subaru XV SE Premium is priced from £33,665 and it builds on the SE specification with leather seats, an integrated sat-nav system, eight-way power adjustment for the driver’s chair and a sunroof. 

Now that Subaru has discontinued the XV’s entry-level engine, the only option available is a 2.0-litre flat-four petrol-hybrid unit with 154bhp and 196Nm of torque. Every model comes with four-wheel drive as standard and the engine can only be specced with a CVT gearbox.

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