2019 CarSifu Auto Show: Meet the Xciting XV

By CARSIFU | 15 April 2019

The Subaru XV is sporty and exciting to look at and drive. On top of it, the XV now features an efficient engine and enhanced safety features.

The XV is available in two variants - the XV 2.0i and XV 2.0i-P and prices start from RM119,788 (on-the-road without insurance).

The XV is now based on the brand-new Subaru Global Platform, which delivers less shake and less body roll.

A quicker steering gear ratio and lower centre of gravity has also been achieved which empowers drivers with highly responsive steering and straight line stability.

Its Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive equipped with X-Mode enhances driving performance on challenging terrain through optimized integrated control of the engine, all-wheel drive system, brakes and other functions.

The 2.0-litre boxer engine, which produces 156PS at 6,000rpm, has been revamped making the new engine approximately 12kg lighter and comes equipped with direct injection technology to deliver more power and fuel economy.


The Lineartronic CVT transmission is also 7.8kg lighter than previous models and features auto-step shift control and 7-speed manual mode function which enables the driver with greater control.

The Hill Descent Control setting gives drivers greater peace of mind by maintaining low speeds on downhill slopes.

The exterior features Subaru’s iconic hexagonal grille with C-shaped headlights, matte-black cladding on the front bumper and a new aluminium wheel design.

The vehicle sits in a wide and low stance, underlining the rugged character of the Subaru XV, while combining advanced styling with superior aerodynamics while retaining the high ground clearance of 220mm.

An 8.0-inch touch-screen display infotainment system featured in the interior offers integrated navigation and enables smartphone connectivity for drivers to stay connected safely.

The spacious design flow in the XV gives a sporty, yet refined interior that surpasses its class.

In addition, functionalities such as all-round visibility, cabin space and cargo room have been improved.


Subaru takes upmost pride in safety and the XV recently won the Grand Prix Award in Japan New Car Assessment Programme (JNCAP) Collision Safety Performance Assessment with the highest score ever.

Passive safety in the XV has also been improved as a result of the new SubaruGlobal Platform’s frame structure, with enhanced body strength resulting from an increased use of high-tensile steel.

This enables improved energy absorption in the event of collision by 40% over present models.

Seven SRS Airbags – front, side, curtain and knee – now comes standard with both variants to provide peace of mind for the driver and passengers.

Steering Responsive Headlights are also fitted on the 2.0i-P variant which will allow the headlight beam to move according to the direction of how the car is steered, maximizing visibility in the dark and safety.

The XV comes in a choice of seven colours - Sunshine Orange, Dark Blue Pearl, Pure White, Ice Silver Metallic, Dark Grey Metallic, Crystal Black Silica and Cool Grey Khaki.