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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Motor Image Pilipinas Launches 2018 Subaru XV (w/ Specs, Prices, and 31 Photos)

So, after a four-month wait, Motor Image Pilipinas, the exclusive distributor of Subaru in the Philippines has finally pulled the curtains off the 2018 Subaru XV. The compact crossover-cum-hatchback has been a brisk seller for the brand ever since its launch way back in 2012. In fact, market share-wise, it’s been neck-and-neck with its larger sibling, the Forester.

Now that the all-new model is here, you can read back at 6 Reasons Why the 2018 Subaru XV is All the Crossover You Need, First Drive Impressions of the 2018 Subaru XV 2.0i-S, and of course, an in-depth look at the differences between the base 2.0i and range-topping 2.0i-S.

Or you can just scroll down and see exclusive photos of the first 2018 Subaru XV 2.0i-S. Painted in its exclusive Sunshine Orange color, this crossover can be yours for P 1,538,000 or a price increase of 0, yes zero pesos over the outgoing Subaru XV.

Now, eagle-eyed readers will notice the dual front cameras placed in-between the rear-view mirror. Could it be EyeSight? Yes, it is indeed EyeSight. However, Motor Image is quick to clarify that showroom models (those that will be sold to the public) will not come with EyeSight. That said, they’re using this opportunity to sample the cutting-edge technology on Philippine road conditions in the hope of bringing it in for future models.

Oh, and if you find the 2.0i-S a bit too rich for your tastes, the Subaru XV still comes with a lower variant. And the price? The same P 1,348,000 as the outgoing model.

All Subaru showrooms across the country are accepting orders for the 2018 Subaru XV with customer deliveries to start by the last week of September.

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
  • 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: No (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. Is it now equipped with a power tailgate like the Forester P?

  2. Uly, it doesn't come with Apple Car Play and Android Auto?

  3. Sir uly, what will be your best choice between the crv cvt or the xv top of the line? Both are close in terms of pricing but i know that you already test drive the xv. Thanks!

    1. Well, it depends.

      If I were to look at things in terms of personal use, I'd pick the XV. Not only does it have more safety equipment, but you also get the security of AWD. The new Subaru Global Platform makes it a great driver as well.

      That said, if practicality is what I'm after, I'd go for the CR-V. The interior space of that car is just phenomenal.

    2. Thank you sir uly!

    3. Ive seen this both, exterior it depends on your taste. But with the interior xv looks more modern/premium compared to crv. Cabin almost the same but rear cargo space crv is more spacious.

  4. sir, my sunroof po ba ung bagong xv na ibebenta sa public, nkita ko kc my sunroof ung sa pictures na pinost nyo..

  5. Hope the infotainment doesn't crap out like the one you tested in the new impreza.

  6. For Me,VOLVO and SUBARU is my top notcher in terms of safety and security in Automotive AWD pa lang secured kana...its really a bargain in terms of price if you cant afford Volvo.its like a guardian angel if you have this kind of car.
    PS..dont put a dragon tattoo or else..

  7. Hi Sir Uli, are both variants still japan-CBUs? Thanks!

  8. sir Uly in terms of maintenance cost, will this new xv be comparable to a toyota or honda crossover?

  9. @Uly

    How can we confirm if it is compatible with Android Auto?

    And how did the infotainment on the new Impreza crap out on you? Is the new Impreza's infotainment system anywhere near to that of the 2018 TOTL XV's?

    1. Quality of Anroid stereos are questionable from Chinese manufacturers. Replaced mine with Pioneer head unit and difference in sound quality is amazing.

    2. So Subaru's STARLINK is China-made?

      Also, if you check one of the picture posted in this very article, it looks like Android Auto is there. So I guess it is supported.

    3. You're right. However, I haven't plugged my phone in to check compatibility with Android Auto.

      And no, Starlink is made by Harman Kardon. Not sure if it's an Android based OS like Honda's.

      The system crapped out on me in the Impreza, but since then, there was an update available. I don't know if that solved the problem...

    4. Got it.

      It's also very disappointing that the speakers in the TOTL are not yet Harman Kardon while the same model in the US has one. Why is it always like this when a certain model comes into our country?

      Ok, thanks for confirming.

    5. Sir Uly you said there is an update for starlink system for impreza 2017, how do I get it?. Its not available thru WiFi update

    6. I had the same problem you had once with unadjustable volume. Solved mine by factory setting the system.

    7. I believe this xv multimedia system is the same as in my 17 impreza. Yes android auto is supported but unlike apple carplay which is available by default on iphones, Android auto needs to be installed. Unfortunately its not yet offially available thru Philippibe version of PlayStore.

      Sir Uly any details on how to update starlink system?

    8. Yes, I know that about Android Auto. I have it already installed on my Galaxy S8 by downloading the app from APKMirror :)

      And from what I've read (I've never used Android Auto or Apple Car Play), the head units that support Android Auto already has an APK on them that gets downloaded to the phone when connected via USB.

    9. Updates can be done by the dealers. I don't know if there's a website where you can download a file and stick it in using a USB stick though.

      It's highly likely that the Subaru XV runs a later version straight off the factory compared to the Impreza. It's a question of how diligent is Motor Image in updating the Starlink system...

    10. just received word that they are replacing the new xv's head unit with a panasonic equipped with gps. i think it's MI 's way of addressing the problem with the current starlink unit on the impreza

      +1 for the xv

    11. Yes, I received the same info from my SA a few days back. The 2018 XV will come with the stock Harman Kardon head unit upon release. After its first PMS, you have the choice to change it to the Panasonic unit, if desired, at no charge. Here are the differences between the two:

      My problem is that the Panasonic unit does not support Android Auto so I'm kinda torn between the two HU's.

  10. Thanks sir Uly, I rather let motor image do the update if they can. I found website where to download but its critical.
    Best benifit for me using Android Auto is Waze and Spotify.

    1. Please hit the reply button under the comment you want to reply to instead of creating a new entire comment rail!

  11. How about compare XV with Mazda CX-3?

    1. XV is the winner... definitely. CX3 is a good city car but a shitty crossover, it only has 155mm ground clearance and tight interior.

  12. meron po bang front sensors ito and collision warning system with auto brake


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