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2012 Subaru XV on sale in Australia

January 25, 2012

The new 2012 Subaru XV is the Impreza equivalent to the Subaru Outback, only it features a more playful, rough and ready character. It’s now available in Australia.

Subaru Australia is introducing three different model variants, ranging from the 2.0i, 2.0i-L, and the flagship 2.0i-S. All variants are available with a CVT (continuously variable) or six-speed manual transmission.

All versions are powered by the new Impreza 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer engine as well, producing 110kW of power and 196Nm of torque. The manual version consumes an average of 7.3L/100km, while the CVT is rated at 7.0L/100km.

Although it’s not hugely powerful, the 2012 Subaru XV is all about creating a new fun element to the otherwise bland market segment. The XV sits on a jumped up version of the Impreza platform, offering increased ground clearance (75mm, 220mm overall) for light sporty off-roading.

Inside, the XV comes with a Multi-Function Display for all infotainment functions and settings, as well as a USB/iPod/Bluetooth compatible stereo. The 2.0i-L and 2.0i-S variants also get satellite navigation.

Other highlights include 17-inch alloy wheels, five-star ANCAP safety, a reversing camera and stop-start technology.

Prices start at the following (excluding on-road costs):

• Subaru XV 2.0i manual – $28,490
• Subaru XV 2.0i CVT – $30,990
• Subaru XV 2.0i-L manual – $31,990
• Subaru XV 2.0i-L CVT – $34,490
• Subaru XV 2.0i-S manual – $34,490
• Subaru XV 2.0i-S CVT – $36,990

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.