Subaru has announced prices and specifications for its 2012 XV crossover. There’s an 11-model range, with prices starting from £21,295.
The XV was first seen as a concept in April last year. It was anticipated that the entry-level models would cost closer to the £16,000 mark to take on the likes of the Nissan Qashqai. However, Subaru clearly believes that the XV’s upmarket interior and advanced safety technology warrant a higher price tag.
Subaru XV trim levels
The Subaru XV is available in three trim levels – S, SE and SE Lux Premium. Equipment on the entry-level 1.6i S is fair, if not class-leading, with traction control, stability control, front, side, curtain and knee airbags, 17-inch alloy wheels and automatic air conditioning as standard.
SE specification adds cruise control, rear parking camera, Bluetooth connectivity and an iPod/MP3-compatible stereo. And top-of-the range SE Lux Premium cars also receive a powered sunroof, keyless entry and start, leather seats and satellite navigation.
Boxer petrol and diesel engines
A range of engines in Subaru’s traditionally favoured ‘boxer’ configuration powers the XV crossover, with buyers able to choose a 114bhp 1.6-litre or 148bhp 2.0-litre petrol, or a 145bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel.
The 1.6-litre petrol is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, while the larger 2.0-litre petrol and diesel units have a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed ‘Lineartronic’ CVT automatic gearbox is also available on petrol-engined variants.
Subaru claims the 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre petrol engines will return CO2 emissions of 151g/km and 160g/km respectively, dropping to 146g/km and 153g/km when fitted with the optional CVT gearbox.
On paper, the 2.0-litre diesel unit promises 146g/km CO2. The firm is yet to release any claimed fuel economy figures for the XV, however.
All XVs get Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, which should aid traction in difficult conditions, helping to improve handling and safety.
XV priced from £21,295
Pricing for the XV begins at £21,295 for the entry-level 1.6i S model. The 1.6-litre SE specification commands a £2,000 premium over the S, and is priced at £23,295.
The other engines are only available in SE spec and above, starting at £24,295 for the 2.0-litre petrol and £26,495 for the 2.0-litre diesel. Pricing for the range-topping SE Lux Premium trim starts at £28,095 for the 2.0 petrol, rising to £29,995 for the diesel.
Unlike similar vehicles such as the Nissan Qashqai and Ford Kuga, Subaru isn’t offering a two-wheel-drive variant of the XV. This may yet limit the car’s appeal to prospective buyers seeking 4×4 looks with a more economical drivetrain.
The XV is also more expensive than both the Qashqai and Kuga, with the top-spec 2.0-litre diesel models of each costing £23,995 and £26,145 respectively, while offering similar levels of equipment.
The XV goes on sale in the UK in March 2012.