Subaru has updated their XV compact SUV for 2021, with the lineup defined by some styling tweaks and expanded driver assistance and safety technologies. There’s also a second hybrid variant, with the existing Hybrid to be renamed and joined by a Hybrid S for six XV variants in total.
Both hybrid variants will come with ‘e-Active Shift Control’ on the SI-Drive system that’s now standard across the XV range.
“We have a formidable list of technology and cosmetic changes across the XV range, which make already comprehensive specification lists even more feature-packed,” said Blair Read, General Manager, Subaru Australia.
“We are also delighted to offer additional choice within the XV Hybrid range, which has drawn considerable interest from both existing Subaru owners and prospects since the initial variant launched early this year.
“Certainly, these latest changes demonstrate our commitment to offering greater choice within our respective ranges, while adding features that can enhance everything from efficiency to responsiveness and safety – underlining our common theme of driving fun.”
Appearance changes for the MY21 Hybrid lineup start with a new set of 17- and 18-inch alloy wheel designs and also includes a new design for the grille, front bumper and foglamp surrounds, as well as two new paint options.
Front suspension has been revised, with a new spring shape and the shock absorber damping force adjusted for smoother movement. Subaru says the result is improved ride comfort and handling, as well as better steering response.
SI-Drive (Subaru Intelligent Drive) that offers a choice between efficient ‘I’ mode and sportier ‘S’ mode will be standard on all MY21 XVs.
Model-specific changes for the 2021 lineup start with the addition of heated door mirrors and Vision Assist safety tech on the 2.0i Premium.
The MY21 XV 2.0i-S also gains Vision Assist, plus a two-mode upgrade of the X-Mode function that offers Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud options for improved traction on slippery surfaces, rough roads and when tackling steep inclines. A dual memory driver’s seat, multi-function display visor and more functions in the external mirrors are also added for 2021.
In terms of the XV Hybrids, the carryover model is now badged as the Hybrid L and carries most of the same features as the 2020 model, with the addition of e-Active Shift Control that enhances the SI-Drive function when in S mode, while the infotainment screen has been upsized from 6.5 inches to 8.0 inches.
The new Hybrid S takes the Hybrid L and upgrades X-Mode to the 2-mode version, adds front and side view monitors to the Vision Assist safety tech, as well as self-levelling LED headlights with steering responsive function, LED DRLs, auto power-folding exterior mirrors (with an auto dipping function on the passenger side), 18-inch alloys and an electric sunroof.
Interior upgrades on the Hybrid S include sat nav, dual-zone air con, leather-accented seats front and rear, heated front seats, sports pedals, sunvisors with vanity mirrors, a stitched Multi-Function Display visor and a selection of premium interior accent trims.
With more standard features, XV pricing has risen for 2021, from less than $100 to over $1,000, depending on the grade.
MY21 Subaru XV pricing*
2.0i AWD $29,690
2.0i-L AWD $31,990
2.0i Premium AWD $34,590
2.0i-S AWD $37,290
Hybrid L AWD $35,490
Hybrid S AWD $40,790
*manufacturer’s list pricing, excludes on-road costs