Subaru XV South Africa

Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: December 2, 2013
Categories: Subaru, Subaru XV

Funny how I proud myself as an “Out of the Box” thinker and “Individualist” but when it comes to cars I am mostly very conservative and always think of German made cars when I think of exciting cars.

Subaru XV

At the Johannesburg Motor Show 2013 that took place at the NASREC Expo center during October 2013, I met one of the guys from Subaru South Africa. We talked a bit of cars and shop and then he said to me I need to test drive the all new Subaru XV it is an awesome car.

I thought yeah right, I am a Mercedes-Benz ML 4x4 man, and how are the Subaru XV going to impress me, so the next Monday morning I got the car from Subaru from the Subaru South African offices in Sandton South Africa.  The guy who handed me the keys of the flashy orange Subaru XV did not tell me too much about the car, and basically said that he did not want to influence my opinion about the car and wants the car to speak for itself.

I got in the car and drove off with a full tank of petrol with instructions from the Subaru South African guy that I MUST do some off-roading with the Subaru XV. I had the car for 1 week and had several things planned for the car.

The moment I got into the car I was pleasantly surprised with the quirkiness and responsiveness of the car.

I got back to the office and thought I will check up on the Subaru XV to see what the fuzz about the car is all about.  Unlike most cars on the market the Subaru XV Boxer engine is horizontally placed which places the pistons 180 degrees apart for a lower, flatter profile compared to other engine types.

The Subaru XV Engine configuration and placement gives the whole car a lower center of gravity and more balanced weight distribution which naturally leads to reduce vibration as a result of the pistons moving the way they do.

During my 1 week adventure driving the Subaru XV I placed more than 1000 Kilometers on the clock and took the Subaru XV for a game drive in Klerksdorp Faan Meintjies Nature Reserve where I had the opportunity to do some lightweight 4x4 driving. I were amazed at how smooth the overall driving were and could feel why the unique engine configuration on the Subaru XV reduced vibration and experienced the technology first hand.

The Subaru SUV is not a Mercedes-Benz ML and not even in the same class as the Mercedes-Benz ML but owning a Mercedes-Benz ML and driving the Subaru XV I could not help to compare their off-road driving experiences with each other, and I hate to say it but I wish the ML had the same smooth riding and responsiveness on the dirt road than the Subaru XV, with the Subaru XV everything just feels easy and not bulky!

It may also be because the Subaru XV looks small compared to most 4x4 SUV’s out there and it is almost hard to expect that this cute looking “Out of the Box” car is capable of doing and delivering such a responsive and smooth ride as it does.

I remember my thoughts when the Subaru South African guy said to me you MUST take this car off-road. I thought yeah right this car is too cute to be a REAL 4x4 and I must say after reviewing the car I “DARE” you to go and test drive the Subaru XV and take it for a 4x4 drive and experience it for yourself. It is simply AWESOME!

Images of the Subaru XV Test Drive

Subaru XV South Africa Technical Details

Here is some more information about the Subaru XV South African configuration. I grabbed these from the Subaru South Africa website to give you some technical information about the car.


2.0i 6MT

2.0i Lineartronic CVT

2.0i-S Lineartronic CVT






DOHC 16-Valve

Bore x Stroke


84 x 90

Capacity (or   Displacement)



Compression Ratio


Fuel system

Sequential multi-port fuel injection, electronic throttle   control

Fuel tank capacity



Max output


110 / 6200

Max torque


196 / 4200

Max speed (in top   gear)



Acceleration   (0-100km/h)




Fuel Consumption -   combined




CO2 emissions -   combined




Emission Standards   Compliance

Euro 5

AWD type

Centre differential gear coupled with vicous LSD

Active Torque Split AWD system

Dimensions and   Weight
Overall Length



Overall Width



Overall Height






Front Track



Rear Track



Minimum road   clearance



Boot Capacity



Unladen Mass




Towing Capacity -   unbraked/braked



Gearing and   Drivetrain
D range   (Lineartronic CVT)



Gear ratio 1st



Gear ratio 2nd



Gear ratio 3rd



Gear ratio 4th



Gear ratio 5th



Gear ratio 6th



Gear ratio Reverse



Final Drive axle   ratio




Rack and Pinion



MacPherson struts, lower L-arms, coil springs, stabilizer bar



Double wishbone, coil springs, stabilizer bar

Minimum turning   circle ( at tyre )



Brakes Front

Ventilated disc brakes

Brakes Rear

Solid Disc Brake

Tyre size


Wheel size



Subaru Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd reserves the right to change mechanical specification and equipment levels without notice

Subaru Drivers Secret

I were so impressed with the Subaru XV that I need to share this thought with you. Remember in the beginning of this article I said that when I think of exciting cars, I think of German Cars. Today I believe that those true individuals that drive the Subaru XV made an educated decision and did not buy the car because it is different from the rest but because it is truly a high quality car with a very impressive smooth ride and impressive looks and features.

Specifications: Subaru XV South Africa

2.0i 6MT 2.0i Lineartronic CVT 2.0i-S Lineartronic CVT
HID Headlamps with auto leveliser x x
Pop-up type headlamp washers x x
Front fog lamps
Body colour door handles with chrome accent strip x x
Body colour door handles x
Door mirrors with built in LED turn signal x x
17-inch 2 Tone alloy wheels
Power sliding, tilt-adjustable tinted Sunroof x x
Lifestyle roof rails
Rear spoiler with high mounted stop lamp
Side claddings
Seating and Trim
Leather wrapped steering wheel x x
Leather wrapped gear lever x x
Sports fabric seats
Full leather interior with embroided XV logo Optional
60/40 split folding rear seats
Seat back storage pocket (front passenger side only)
Aluminium pedals x x
Power windows with 1 touch drivers operation
Remote control key system
Dusk map reading lamps
Convenience boot lamp
Multi-purpose centre console box
Front centre console cup and bottle holders
Two 12-volt accessory power outlets
Cargo Hooks
Retractable cargo cover
Tilt-adjustable / telescopic steering wheel
Steering wheel mounted audio, bluetooth & cruise control switches
Air Conditioning
Automatic single zone air-conditioning system with anti-dust filter x
Rear window defogger with timer
Information, Communication & Entertainment - I.C.E.
Premium Audio CD player system with 6 speaker system and bluetooth hands-free functionality
Touch screen SatNav Audio system with 6 speaker system and bluetooth hands-free functionality Optional
Colour Multi function information display (MFD) with reverse camera x x
Auxiliary audio input and USB Ports
Paddle shifters x
Vehicle Dynamics Control system
Hill Start Assist
Shift up indicator x x
Cruise control
EuroNCAP and ANCAP occupant safety rating (Max 5) 5 star
SRS airbags - front driver & passenger airbags
SRS airbags - front side driver & passenger airbags
SRS airbags - Drivers Knee airbags
SRS airbags - dual intelligent side curtain airbags
Side-door reinforcement beams
Steering column support beam
Adjustable headrests with 3 angled positions
Front seat belt with pretensioner and load limiter
Height adjustable seatbelt anchors (for driver and front passenger)
Rear 3 point seatbelts
Safety brake pedal system
4-sensor / 4-channel ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution
Brake assist system
ISO-FIX adapted child seat anchors (with tether anchors) for infants and children under the age of 5years
Child-proof rear door locking (both sides)
Engine immobilizer
Other Features
Subaru Assist
3 year/ 100 000km warranty
3 year/ 75000 km maintenance plan with extension options available
15 000km Service Intervals

*1 SRS, SRS Circle Surround Automotive and (●) symbol are trademarks of SRS labs, Inc.

*2 It shows: current fuel consumption, average fuel consumption, driving range ambient temperature and clock

Subaru Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd reserves the right to change mechanical specification and equipment levels without notice

How much does a Subaru XV cost in South Africa?

  • 2.0i 6MT Power: 110kW @ 6200 Cargo Area: 310/771 Seating capacity: 5 Starting at R299 000.
  • 2.0i Lineartronic CVT Power: 110 kw @ 6200 Cargo Area: 310/771 Seating capacity: 5 Starting at R309 000.
  • 2.0i-S Lineartronic CVT Power: 110 kw @ 6200 Cargo Area: 310/771 Seating capacity: 5 Starting at R345 000