Tuesday, June 13, 2017

This is the Base Model of the 2018 Subaru XV (w/ 13 Photos, Specs)

At the 2018 Subaru XV’s regional launch in Taiwan last week, most of the attention was showered on the range-topping 2.0i-S and for very good reason: its package is unbeatable. But tucked nondescriptly at the corner of the launch venue is the base 2.0i. In fact, blink (like most of the motoring media) and you might have missed it. Thankfully, it didn’t escape us. Here are 9 photos of the base 2.0i and how it differs from the range-topping 2.0i-S.

2018 Subaru XV 2.0i (vs 2.0i-S)

Dimensions & Weight
  • Length x Width x Height (mm): 4,465 x 1,800 x 1,615
  • Wheelbase (mm): 2,665
  • Tire Size: 225/60R17 (225/55R18)
  • Ground Clearance (mm): 220 
  • Type: Direct Fuel Injection, Horizontally-Opposed, 4 Cylinder, DOHC 16V, Petrol
  • Displacement (cc): 1,995
  • Power (bhp @ rpm): 156 @ 6,000
  • Torque (Nm @ rpm): 196 @ 4,000
  • Fuel Tank (L): 63 

Chassis & Suspension
  • Transmission: Lineartronic CVT
  • Brakes (Front / Rear): Ventilated Disc / Ventilated Disc
  • Suspension (Front / Rear): MacPherson Strut / Double Wishbone
  • Front Fog Lamps: Yes
  • Headlamp Washers: No (Yes)
  • Headlamps: Halogen (LED)
  • Door Mirrors: Power Folding (Power Folding with LED Signal Indicator)
  • Rear Fog Lamp: Yes
  • Roof Rails: Yes
  • Roof Spoiler: Yes

  • 4-Sensor / 4-Channel ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution: Yes
  • Brake Assist: Yes
  • Brake Override: Yes
  • Engine Immobilizer: Yes
  • ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors: Yes
  • Safety Pedal System: Yes
  • Side Door Reinforcement Beams: Yes
  • SRS Front, Side, and Curtain Airbags: Yes
  • SRS Knee Airbag: Yes
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control System: Yes
Function & Convenience
  • Pedals: Rubber (Aluminum)
  • Audio System: Starlink 6.5-inch Touchscreen Display (Starlink 8.0-inch Touchscreen Display)
  • Rearview Mirror: Night/Day Manual Adjust (Auto Dimming)
  • Blind-spot Detection: No (Yes)
  • Bluetooth Compatible Hands-free System: Yes
  • Automatic Climate Control: Single-Zone (Dual-Zone)
  • Electronic Parking Brake: Yes
  • High Beam Assist: No (Yes)
  • Multi-Function Display: Monochrome (Full Color LCD)
  • Hill Holder: Yes
  • Hill Start Assist: Yes
  • Lane Change Assist: No (Yes)
  • Multi-Function Steering Wheel with Cruise Control: No (Yes)
  • One-Touch Turn Signal: Yes
  • Paddle Shift: Yes
  • Pin Code Access: No (Yes)
  • Driver’s Seat: Manual Adjust (Power Adjust)
  • Seat Material: Water Repellent Fabric (Leather)
  • Wipers: Intermittent (Rain-Sensing)
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert: No (Yes)
  • Rear Vision Camera: Yes
  • Smart Entry and Push Start Button: Yes
  • Steering Responsive Headlights: No (Yes)
  • Tilt/Telescopic Steering Wheel: Yes
  • USB and Auxiliary Audio Jack: Yes
  • X-MODE: Yes
  • 60/40 Split-Folding Seats: Yes


  1. still has more features than a TOTL tucson or sportage, it even has a touchscreen and backup camera lol

    1. It has better toys but either of those has the better engine. You can upgrade those toys but not the engine. You are gonna have to spend 50% more on fuel with the xv

    2. Unless you're talking about diesel engines but the gas engine from Kia/Hyundai will have the same fuel consumption as Subaru assuming similar displacements.

    3. Fuel consumption of my previous generation XV is 6-8 in the city while the tucson range from 8-10. Diesels are a lot less expensive than gasoline, resulting in a lot of savings. Plus the xv is deficient in power compared to those diesel suvs

    4. The XV is not meant to compete against the likes of the Tucson or Sportage as it is tagged more to compete against the HRV or CX3. Also, you can't compare the consumption of gas engines against diesel engines - even if they consume the same number of liters of fuel, diesel is still cheaper compared to gasoline. If power is a key consideration, don't go for the XV but choose the WRX or Forester XT. These vehicles will surely smoke a Tucson/Sportage CRDi in a drag.

    5. Yeah xt will probably beat the Tucson and Sportage but you will have to spend more than twice to fuel up the xt. The first poster compared it to the diesel suvs which are in another league

    6. You're buying a Subaru for the superior handling, comfort, power and OUTSTANDING safety features. It is the Volvo of Asia. Philippine version of Tucson and Sportage is way inferior if compared to the Forester XT, most especially once the new model with the Subaru Global Platform technology rolls out.

    7. Inferior? Get over your fanboyism. Both Tucson and Sportage are ranked better than the Subarus by Car and Driver http://www.caranddriver.com/best-suvs-crossovers and they even have the weaker and less economical gas version in the U.S. What more if they experienced the excellent diesels we have here.

    8. I clearly said "Philippine Version".

    9. how would a better and more powerful engine equate to inferior product?

    10. To Anonymous June 14, 2017 at 6:55 PM:

      I have a Forester XT and it is not far from the less powerful CUVs in terms of fuel consumption. I get around 6-7 km/L in city driving conditions and 10-12 km/L on the highway assuming you abide with the speed limit.

    11. I get 9-10 on my new Tucson crdi compared to 6-8 on my previous crv and Tucson a is alsoy powerful. The savings in fuel cited above is accurate due to the price difference

    12. To Anonymous June 15 at 12:21AM

      The Tucson and Sportage gasoline models pales in comparison against the Forester XT. The diesel ones can give a serious challenge in a drag race but will eventually lose in high speed due to the superior HP output of the Forester (237 Hp 350Nm Torque vs 182 Hp 402Nm Torque).

      The only advantage it will have is the very good fuel economy and being slightly cheaper, as in very frugal and practical as compared to the Forester XT. But in other aspects, it's no match to the Forester. Being a Japan CBU unit alone is a major plus point already.

    13. XT is only a fraction quicker than the Sportage yet you will end up paying double in fuel costs to power up the XT. Most will find it unreasonable especially since SUVs are not meant to drive that fast especially in winding roads.

    14. I have a buddy who has a tuned Forester, and my stock Tucson CRDi can keep up with him.

    15. Well, diesel engine, especially CRDI really cost less to run because of cheaper diesel, it will kill your wallet when in comes to maintenance. Maintaining a modern engine cost you 3x of what you going to spend in gasoline. I would rather spend the excess amount on running gasoline. Malayo pa nag mararating ko.

  2. I dig this lesser model's 'death star' mags than the other's 'star' pattern.

    Kahit entry level it's still the dream car for me.

  3. 2.0 Engine with 156HP x 196NM only? Only for the girls then!

    The Ford Escape 1.6 Ecoboost produces 178HP x 249NM while the All Wheel Drive 2.0 Ecoboost produces 240HP x 366NM power and torque. Sisiw pa ang XV, niloloko lng kau ng Subaru! Maging lalaki naman kayo...hoy!!!

    1. Maybe because the Escape models you mentioned run turbocharged engines? The Subaru XV runs on a normally aspirated engine.

    2. Hey Autoactiv, how about you pit that Escape Ecoboost against the Forester XT? The XV is a class lower than the Escape and Forester. Everybody knows the XT is a better car compared to the Escape 2.0L Ecoboost AWD.

    3. Too bad Ford has phased out the Escape here in the Philippines due to very poor sales. LOL!

    4. I don't like turbocharged engines, I prefer naturally aspirated ones.

  4. I thought magkakaroon na to ng all-new? It really looks the same.

  5. "Multi-Function Steering Wheel with Cruise Control: No (Yes)"

    I'm confused. Even my old 2014 XV has steering wheel audio and cruise controls.

    1. I mean my old *base model* 2014 XV.

    2. Well, that's what the brochure says. It has steering wheel controls, but no cruise control.

      That said, I've got a suspicion that Subaru will be able to sneak in cruise control even on the base model come September.

    3. I'm just wondering, were you able to physically check the steering wheel? :D

    4. Yup. Couldn't take photos because of the strong spotlight...my camera has no flash. Check out this photo from our friends at Paultan though:


      See? No cruise control hehe.

    5. Oo nga noh? Apparently, it's a step backwards. Tssss

    6. this makes me happy keeping my old XV, I can add a new android touchscreen and still keep up with tech with the new one

    7. new is still new..

  6. Any news about the price?

    1. Yes, but I'm not at liberty to say it. Let's just say, it's "competitive."

    2. Would you say that the current model's price is competitive?

  7. The best in its class just got better!

    1. Lol, the HRV is the best in class.

    2. Does the HRV come standard with AWD? The HRV's ground clearance is not even at par with the XV. Unless you're a Honda fanboy...

    3. Im sorry but the HRV is no match to the XV. Be it in terms of Power, Comfort, Superior handling courtesy of the S-AWD system, Japan CBU and the outstanding safety features of Subaru.

  8. any info on wading(fording) depth? thanks

    1. None yet... But won't be surprised it's close to 500 mm.

  9. Indeed, the mags look better on the base model. And I also miss the rear fog lamp in the center. ;)

    1. There's still a rear fog lamp... It's just been moved to the left side.

  10. @Ulysses

    Will we really get the full Eyesight suite with the 2.0i-S. Thia feature set is kinda a make or break for me in choosing between a Civic RS Turbo and this for my first car.

    1. Hi Kevin. No EyeSight for the XV 2.0i-S.

    2. I thought it was supposed to come with the EyeSight because it is based off of the Subaru Global Platform? I see it comes with some of the EyeSight suite features like:

      Lane Change Assist
      Blind Spot Detection
      Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

      But doesn't come with the likes of adaptive cruise control and pre-throttle collision detection. So no stereo cameras in front?

      Does it come with just the standard cruise control? And if you were to choose between the RS Turbo and XV, which one would you go for and why?

    3. No stereo cameras in front. What our XV will get it auto high beam assist and lane change assist (blind spot indicators). Cruise control (non-adaptive) is standard at least on the Premium model. Not sure about the base model.

      It's going to be a bit difficult choosing between the Subaru XV and the Civic RS Turbo. The Civic is definitely the bigger drive and is actually roomier inside, but the XV provides true off-road ground clearance. It's a toss up actually. Depends on how you'll eventually use your vehicle.

    4. Do you know when Subaru will have Eyesight as an option for their cars?

      Even with the new roomier XV, the Civic is still a bigger drive? How is it bigger if the XV is a CUV and the Civic is a Sedan?

  11. Hi Kevin. The problem with buying a Honda Civic Turbo is the delivery time. I've been waiting for 2 months but I'm still number 3 on the list.

  12. Sir ully. Is it worth buying 2017 xv with 200k discount? Im planning to buy as my secondary car. 200k malaking discount na rin. Any advice? Tnx


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