2014 Subaru XV compact crossover has now been enhanced for the new model year. The improvements are in terms of refinement, ride, handling, safety and cabin quality. The most significant new additions to the XV are found in petrol-engine models.
Precisely, the 2.0 litre models now receive suspension modifications to improve ride quality and a range of new valve-train components that reduce engine noise. NVH is also improved across the XV range. Furthermore, the electronic power steering system has been revised to improve stability and feel.
Other enhancement is the new inflating dynamic damper system, which reduces steering wheel and column vibration. The system has been also finely tuned in order to provide more weight, greater straight-line steering feel and a more linear steering response. Safety has been made better by the addition of thicker, reshaped front suspension lower-arm and reinforcements around the base of the A-pillar.
The interior of the model has been also improved in order to deliver better look and feel, with the addition of the traditional blue Subaru logo on the steering wheel, higher-quality silver surrounds housing the steering wheel buttons and heater controls, and new gloss-black switches to control the car’s air-conditioning system.
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and instrument cluster Gear Shift Indicator are now fitted as standard, and they enhance safety and driver convenience. Moreover, two new colours will be available – Venetian Red Pearl and Quartz Blue Pearl.
The equipment of the XV SE models remains unchanged which means that it retains the auto lights and wipers, 17 inch alloy wheels, xenon headlamps with pop-up wash, Hill Start Assist, dual–zone air conditioning, knee airbags, rear vision camera and Bluetooth. The new SE Premium trim level replaces the previous Lux Premium model, and adds satellite navigation and leather interior to an already long list of features.
2014 Subaru XV will benefit from permanent All-Wheel Drive as standard. The XV also boasts the highest ground clearance and is among the lightest vehicles in its class, aiding the car’s genuine off-road ability, while a low centre of gravity improves on-road handling.
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