Built on an all-new platform, this is the first time the Crosstrek has been redesigned since its launch in 2012. The new platform is stiffer, lighter and stronger than before, which Subaru says give it better and more stable driving dynamics and make the crossover quieter, safer and more efficient.
Perhaps the sweet spot within the four-variant range is the Subaru Impreza 2.0i-L, which sits one rung above the base car. We drive it here in sedan form, but the more practical hatchback can be yours for an extra $200.
The XV continues to come with all-wheel drive as standard, but now the car also comes with X-Mode, which is designed to optimise the engine, brakes and steering to reduce slip on low-traction surfaces, such as mud, snow or greasy roads.
As part of Subaru’s continued push for more safety, the XV now comes standard with features like EyeSight, pre-collision braking control, adaptive cruise control, and lane keep assist. A new high beam assist features has also been added, which switches from high to low depending on what’s happening in front of you, as well as steering responsive headlights.