The all-new 2018 Subaru XV will launch in Australia next month and Subaru has announced more kit and reduced pricing for the compact crossover. 

THE ALL-NEW 2018 Subaru XV will go on-sale here next month with the entry-level XV 2.0i listing from $27,990+ORC which is $1250 less than the model it replaces. There’ve been price cuts throughout the range, with the 2.0i Premium down $600 to $32,140+ORC and the top-spec 2.0i-S down $300 to $35,240+ORC. Only the mid-spec 2.0i-L variant has seen a price rise of $100 to $30,340+ORC.

More than that, the new XV will offer a 12,500 or 12-month service schedule and capped-price servicing. Servicing costs, says Subaru, across three years will be 38.9% less than for the outgoing model, or $2125.76 for the first three years.

As we’ve mentioned before, the new XV gets Subaru’s X-Mode system (we’ve explained what it and how it works HERE) as well as EyeSight and for the first time on a Subaru, automatic reverse braking will be offered on the top-spec 2.0i-S variant.

Pricing (all +ORC):

XV 2.0i

$27,990, -$1250

XV 2.0i-L

$30,340, +$100

XV 2.0i Premium

$32,140, -$600

XV 2.0i-S

$35,240, -$300

In a statement, Subaru Australia Managing Director, Colin Christie, said: “With almost 50,000 XVs sold since it launched in 2012, we have high hopes for this second generation, particularly given the addition of rough road kit like X-Mode.

“Extending EyeSight to the majority of Australian XVs will likely mean more than 70% of new Subarus sold locally this year will include the driver assist system – greater uptake of such technology than any other mainstream brand.

“We’ve had a fantastic response to the new generation Impreza extended service schedule, which was enabled by the efficiencies of the Subaru Global Platform, and we’re now delighted to extend this to new XV too, making it an even more compelling package.  

“The Subaru Global Platform takes XV’s dynamic performance to the top of its class – ensuring sporty, fun, functional – and super safe – driving.   

“Drawing on Subaru’s signature contemporary design themes, XV achieves greater interior space, plus a sporty exterior presence.

“XV’s use of the new Subaru Global Platform offers an enormous boost to the core values of safety and dynamic quality. 

“With its newly developed suspension layout, it represents a formidable premium compact SUV package.

“Every aspect of XV is fine-tuned to provide drivers with a dynamic quality that leaves a memorable impression: straightforward, sporty on-road performance and genuine SUV ingredients for rough roads that, combined with excellent ride comfort, make the journey a relaxing one for all occupants.

“Just like new Impreza, new XV is a game changer – design, styling, safety, road dynamics, infotainment, quality, performance and innovation are stand-outs.

“Our opportunity with new XV is to attract new audiences, in particular, younger people (under 35s), especially females.

“With the new design and styling elements we have given ourselves every opportunity to broaden our audience. Additionally, our infotainment package is class-leading, buoyed by the availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity on even the base car.


  • All-new Subaru Global Platform, for outstanding dynamic performance and benchmark safety – delivers a new level of superior driving capability
  • Subaru’s biggest advance in all-round performance
    • Body and chassis rigidity are increased significantly
    • Body vibrations reduced by 50 per cent
    • Incredible linear response to driver input
    • Significantly less body roll during cornering
    • Advantages of a flexible production system on a truly global scale
  • Bold and sophisticated exterior and interior design and packaging
  • Newly developed 2.0-litre direct injection normally aspirated Boxer engine, with excellent fuel efficiency
    • 115kW of power at 6000rpm (up from 110kW) and 196Nm of torque at 4000rpm
    • Sportier performance due to major weight savings throughout the drivetrain
    • Higher compression ratio, better gas flow and high-flow EGR system
    • Enhanced fuel efficiency
  • New lightweight Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with wider gear range
    • Auto Stepped Speed Control and seven-speed manual mode in all models
  • Improved efficiency via new engine, transmission combo
  • Auto Stop Start
    • The timing for engine stop is faster, improving fuel efficiency
  • New suspension layout 
    • Increased rigidity of installation points allows the system to absorb shocks sufficiently without flexing the body
  • Enhanced aerodynamic performance
    • Use of flush surface panels and streamlined body shape
  • Wider cabin
    • Greater foot well space, improved rear knee space 
    • Easier cargo area access
  • Elaborate interior build quality and exquisite craftsmanship
    • Intuitive cabin controls and technology
    • Soft texture and sound-proofing applied to almost every part minimise noise
    • Third generation head unit at the heart of the infotainment system
    • Smartphone connectivity based on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto services
    • Better voice recognition
    • Factory-fitted satellite navigation system in premium variants is powered by TomTom
    • All-new air conditioning – voice recognition control in premium grades
  • Outstanding occupant safety
    • Third-generation EyeSight driver assist system debuts in mid- and range-topping XV variants
    • Vision Assist features on range-topping variant
      • Blind Spot Monitoring
      • Lane Change Assist
      • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
      • Reverse Automatic Braking – debut feature in Australia
    • Hazard avoidance similar to that of high performance sports models 
    • Vehicle Dynamics Control with Active Torque Vectoring
    • Collision energy absorption efficiency improved by 1.4-times 
    • New generation brake callipers and high friction material brake pads
  • Electronic parking brake – new to XV


XV 2.0i:


  • ABS anti-lock brakes with four-wheel discs and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) 
  • Active Torque Vectoring
  • All-Wheel Drive
  • Brake Assist
  • Child seat anchor points on back of rear seat; ISOFIX outer rear seats
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver’s knee airbag
  • Dual front airbags
  • Dual side airbags 
  • Front fog lights with integrated Daytime Running Lights (DRLs)
  • Front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters 
  • Front height adjustable seatbelt anchors
  • Rear door child lock
  • Rear view camera
  • Ring-shaped reinforced passenger cabin 
  • Seatbelt indicator lights 
  • Side intrusion bars
  • Three-point A/ELR rear seatbelt
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system 
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control
  • X-Mode 


  • AM/FM tuner CD player, six speakers, Bluetooth and USB connectivity 
  • Apple CarPlay™ and Google Android Auto™ compatibility
  • Automatic climate control air conditioning
  • Bottle holders in all doors + two cup holders in centre console & rear armrest 
  • Cargo area light
  • Cargo hooks
  • Cargo security blind
  • Central locking – remote
  • Cruise control – steering wheel buttons
  • Driver’s footrest
  • Height and reach adjustable steering column 
  • Height adjustable driver’s seat
  • Immobiliser security system
  • Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission with paddle shift
  • Map lights (2)
  • New generation touchscreen infotainment unit
  • Power steering, mirrors and window. Front windows automatic up/down with “soft” open/close feature
  • Rear illumination instrument display
  • Remote fuel lid release – tethered fuel cap
  • Seatback pocket (front passenger side)
  • Two remote central locking keys
  • Vanity mirror
  • 60/40 split/fold rear seat
  • 12V/120W power jacks (two)


  • 17-inch alloy wheels (17x7J, with a 225/60R17 99H tyre) – temporary steel spare (185/65/17 90S)
  • Colour-coded mirrors and door handles
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Rear roof spoiler with LED brake light
  • Rear roof mounted shark fin radio antenna
  • Rear wiper
  • Roof rails


  • DataDot security technology
  • Electronic Throttle Control (ETC)
  • Auto Start Stop
  • Subaru Global Platform
  • Three-year unlimited kilometre warranty 
  • 2.0 litre direct injection DOHC horizontally opposed boxer engine with dual AVCS. 115 kW/6000 rpm, 196 Nm/4000 rpm

XV 2.0i-L ADDS:

  • Dual zone climate control air conditioning
  • Electric folding mirrors with integrated indicators
  • EyeSight driver assist 
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Leather accented trim steering wheel and gear shift
  • Premium cloth trim
  • Premium 8-inch LCD touchscreen infotainment system with steering wheel controls


  • Electric sunroof
  • Factory fitted SatNav 

XV 2.0i-S ADDS:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels (18x7J with a 225/55R18 98V tyre) – temporary steel spare (185/65/17 90S)
  • Alloy pedals
  • Automatic head lights
  • Automatic front wipers  
  • Chrome-type exterior door handle
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather accented trim
  • Power driver’s seat
  • Steering responsive LED head lights with integrated DRLs
  • Vision Assist features:
    • Blind Spot Monitoring
    • High Beam Assist
    • Lane Change Assist
    • Rear Cross Traffic alert
    • Reverse Automatic Braking

5 Things you need to know about the new 2018 Subaru XV


Why are the wheels on that car splayed out?


  1. This is the exact opposite of what Honda Australia has done. Honda has decided to skip on autonomous driver assist features in the civic (except for the top end model). Shame on you Honda, learn from your competitors, and stop putting profits before peoples lives.

    1. Well at least both of them are moronic enough to only offer disgusting CVT gearboxes. A pox on both their houses. How a CVT is described as a highlight is beyond belief. Real car companies are moving to 8,9 and 10 spd autos and/or have also DSG/DCT and some have manuals too.

      1. Maybe you should drive one first before commenting. The Subaru CVT is a Gem! And before you grumble on saying you have, who cares! Anything over 6 or 7 sped is just a toss competition. So, step back over to the Lexus or VW fanboy pages and go and buy a 8, 9 or 10 speed Auto Lexus or DSG you clown!

      2. We have seen what a disaster the VW DSG was. The main thing to go wrong with a CVT is the belt, and now most manufacturers are in their 3rd generation, so should be much more reliable than before. In reality a CVT is a very light, compact and simple gear box. Replacing the belt can still be labour intensive in transaxle designs.

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