Subaru XV 2018 Philippines review: A versatile crossover to go for

Updated Feb 26, 2021

User's: 3.0/5
To provide you a comprehensive overview of this recently-launched crossover in terms of specs, features, performance and price, let’s check out our Subaru XV 2018 review.

In this review...

  1. Introduction
  2. Exterior
  3. Interior
  4. Safety features
  5. Performance
  6. Variants & Colors
  7. Price

1. Subaru XV 2018 Philippines: Introduction

The Subaru XV, which is based on its big brother Impreza hatchback, was first introduced in 2012, How time flies! Now, the XV has become one of Subaru’s most loved and best-selling models across the country. Unsurprisingly, Pinoy drivers always have a special affection for the Subaru XV and that’s because of its heightened levels of styling, comfort and control.

A couple and a Subaru XV 2018 outdoor

The XV has become one of Subaru’s most loved and best-selling models in the Philippines

Having accompanied Filipinos for over a half decade, it’s time for the XV to be refreshed. As a result, the next-generation Subaru XV officially made its way in the Philippines earlier this month.

Time after time, the crossover has proved that it rightly deserves our great fondness. In the new shape and also, an all-new platform which significantly enhances its performance and handling, the second-gen XV is undoubtedly a versatile crossover to go for. Amazingly, the price for the newly-launched XV has retained.

Now, let’s start the Subaru XV 2018 review on

First Drive of the second-gen Subaru XV

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2. Subaru XV 2018 Exterior Review

Let's start with the Subaru XV 2018 exterior review. Inspired by the Impreza, the new Subaru crossover car has generally sticked to the familiar silhouette of other members in Subaru family. Perhaps, it is what Subaru buyers want to see in their beloved crossover: still the iconic hexagonal front grille with hawk-eyed head lamps and matte-black cladding.

However, the second-gen, necessarily, differentiates itself from its brother as well as its previous generation.

angular front of the Subaru XV 2018

The XV 2018 exterior design has generally sticked to the familiar silhouette of other Subarus

In detail, the new crossover is 15 mm longer and 20 mm wider than the outgoing version regardless of unchanged height. The wheelbase is also stretched by 30 mm. Generally, the changes in size gives the vehicle a bolder and more rigid body of a real crossover SUV.

angular rear of the Subaru XV 2018

The new crossover is 15 mm longer and 20 mm wider than the outgoing version 

Besides, thanks to the brand’s new “Dynamic x Solid” design philosophy, the sporty and aggressive exterior are likewise shown off. Additional cladding, roof rails, a new set of 18-inch alloy wheels and wider tracks complete the XV’s great look.

Subaru XV 2018 headlights

The hawk-eyed headlights of the XV

Subaru XV 2018 alloy wheels

A new set of 18-inch alloy wheels and wider tracks complete the XV’s great look


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3. Subaru XV 2018 Interior Review

Subaru always puts a great focus on interior design and this refreshed crossover is no exception.

3.1. Modern and functional cabin

Regarding the Subaru XV 2018 interior review, it is not difficult to recognize that similarly to the Impreza, the next-gen crossover is engineered to flow from the doors to the instrument panel, making a sense of a roomy space as well as strict security for passengers.

Nevertheless, it looks brighter and more luxurious than the sibling due to premium materials covering all parts of the cabin from the updated dashboard, instrument cluster to leather seats. The carbon fiber, chrome, aluminum, contrasting orange stitching accents and matte black highlights all go well to creat a high-tech look. Of course, the visibility and space are still guarded.

Subaru XV 2018 driving cabin

The car's interior is engineered to flow from the doors to the instrument panel

In comparison with the forerunner, the new XV features a smaller three-spoke steering wheel. An 8-inch Starlink touchscreen infotainment system integrated with Apple CarPlay and 6 speakers is a focal point in the cockpit. In particular, two small full-colored multi-function displays are also added to the XV: a 4.2-inch inserted between two analog gauges and another positioned above the center console.

Other convenience feautures comprise cruise control, keyless access and push-button start. Specially, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning system comes exclusively in the range-topping model.

3.2. Generous space

On the subject of space utilization, we almost have nothing to complaint about this vehicle. Accordingly, the new XV has more shoulder, head and leg room than the previous XV. The inside space, overall, becomes far roomier, namely:

Space Adjustments
Space between front passengers +20 mm
Front shoulder space +29 mm
Rear knee room +26 mm
Rear headroom +10 mm

In respect of cargo space, thanks to 60/40 split rear seats, this crossover SUV can simultaneously accommodate five occupants along with five carry-on suitcases. This crossover will truly make your family outdoor trips easier and more exciting than ever.

Subaru XV 2018 Interior

On the subject of space utilization, we almost have nothing to complaint about this vehicle

Subaru XV 2018 Cargo Space

The crossover SUV can simultaneously accommodate five occupants along with five carry-on suitcases

4. Subaru XV 2018 Review: Safety features

Do you know the second-gen XV is the Subaru’s safest vehicle ever made?

Yes, safety is always a top priority for each Subaru. When it comes to the Subaru XV 2018 safety features review, you might recall that the all-new XV won the Grand Prix Award judged by the Japan New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP) after having passed a series of crashworthiness tests including offset, frontal, rollover, side impact, side impact pole together with pedestrian safety. Impressively, the all-new Subaru XV scored 199,7/200 points in those tests, titling itself the safest car ever tested by JNCAP.

Subaru XV 2018 safety features

The second-gen XV is the Subaru’s safest vehicle ever made

Now, let’s take a look at the world-class safety features of this hot model:

Subaru XV 2018 Safety Features
Passive Safety Active Safety
Energy-absorbing body structure* Vehicle Dynamics Control System
Shock-absorbing space Active Torque Vectoring
Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frames  
Seats, Seatbelts and SRS Airbags  
Break Away Engine  

* Due to new body structure, the car’s body strength is significantly enhanced, leading an increased high tensile-strength steel. Therefore, the energy absorption could be improved by 40% over the past Subaru in case of collisions.

Aside from Active and Passive safety features above, the new XV also comes standard with a raft of Preventive Safety technology such as Steering Responsive Headlights (SRH), High Beam Assist (HBA) and notably, Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection offering Lane Change Assistance, Blind Spot Detection and Reversing Assistance.

5. Subaru XV 2018 Review: Performance

5.1. Engine

All XV 2018 variants are powered by the same 2.0-liter Subaru Boxer Direct Fuel Injection naturally aspirated engine delivering 154 hp at 6,000 rpm and 196 Nm at 4,000 rpm, coupled with an updated Lineartronic 7-speed continuously variable transmission. This engine also propels the newly-launched Subaru Impreza 2017. Peculiarly, the engine and transmission is fairly lighter than the first-gen XV: 12 kg and 7.8 kg, respectively.

5.2. Subaru Global Platform (SGP)

This is a brand-new platform from the Japanese auto maker and the XV 2018 is the second Subaru to be underpinned by it. With this distinct underpinning, the operation of the car's engine will be considerably built up alongside its safety (as we’ve mentioned above).

Subaru Global Platform in the Subaru XV 2018

The XV 2018 is the second Subaru to be underpinned by Subaru Global Platform

Let's have a more specific review on the Subaru XV 2018 performance. The tough and solid platform allows the body and chassis to be improved up to 70 and 100% respectively, making the new XV stronger and much more solid. Not only that, the SGP also greatly lessens unwanted noise, vibration and hardness in order to bring drivers the most comfortable driving experiences.

To cite an instance, at 100 km/h, the machine will be 4 dB quieter for the rear and 6 dB for the front occupants.

Subaru Global Platform

The Subaru Global Platform also greatly lessens unwanted noise, vibration and hardness

“Whatever comes your way. Wherever your drive leads you. Whenever it takes an unexpected turn. The Subaru XV is poised to take on all your urban adventures - both the planned and spontaneous,” according to Subaru.

5.3. Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

Balance and symmetry are two key factors expressing the drive satisfaction. Knowing full well about this, Subaru has decided to develop and perfect its Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (ADW) system since 1972. And it is evident that the all-new Subaru XV 2018 Philippines fully benefits from this drive configuration.

Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

The all-new XV fully benefits from Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

Mated to the Subaru Boxer engine, the Symmetrical AWD helps provide sufficient power for daily rides, a near-perfect symmetrical layout as well as stability and balance for total control in all road conditions. Even, it permits you to conquer the roughest paths when needed. Further, the XV also inherits a 13:1 steering rack from the Impreza 2017, so you will feel extremely stimulated when dicing through awkward corners in Metro Manila. Trust us!

All in all, it can be said that the refreshed crossover SUV from Subaru is indeed designed for fun adventures.

5.4. Off-road capability

Beyond what you see in a crossover, the new XV will get fans astonished by its off-road credentials in spite of not being as rigid as a true body-on-frame big SUV.

Subaru XV 2018 down the hill

The XV 2018 will get fans astonished by its off-road credentials

Remaining a high ground clearance of 220 mm and concurrently, boosting an 18° approach and 30° departure angle in addition to the big help of wider tracks, massive wheels, dedicated suspension and certainly, the aforesaid trademark Symmetrical AWD, the XV is decidedly born to become a real off-roader.

5.5. X-MODE

X-MODE is an upscale feature of the next-gen XV that we can’t skip. Just pushing a button and you can free yourself in car since the X-MODE has already been in charge of all tasks from the brakes, engine, and transmission to Symmetrical AWD. The reliable control enables you to safely drive through the most challenging terrain.

Subaru XV 2018 X-MODE

X-MODE is an upscale feature of the next-gen XV

What’s more is that when travelling downhill, activating the X-MODE will automatically help drivers to keep a constant speed thanks to Hill Descent Control.

6. Subaru XV 2018 Variants & Colors

The new Subaru crossover is available in two variants: the 2018 Subaru XV 2.0i and the higher-end 2018 Subaru XV 2.0i-S as shown in the following photos:

angular front of the Subaru XV 2.0i 2018

The Subaru XV 2.0i 2018

angular front of the Subaru XV 2.0i-S 2018

The Subaru XV 2.0i-S 2018

Two new colors have been added to the current palette, increasing the total number of color from seven to nine. Below are all color options you can opt for:

  • Cool Grey Khaki (New)
  • Sunshine Orange (New)
  • Crystal Black Silica
  • Crystal White Pearl
  • Dark Blue Pearl
  • Dark Grey Metallic
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Pure Red
  • Quartz Blue Pearl

7. Subaru XV 2018 Price in the Philippines

As we have noted, the price of this refreshed crossover hasn’t changed. Yeah, it is priced the same as the first-gen XV despite an array of additional unparalleled features.

Subaru XV 2018 price in the Philippines
Model  Price
Subaru XV 2.0i CVT P1,418,000
Subaru XV 2.0i-S CVT P1,618,000
Subaru XV 2.0i-S CVT with EyeSight P1,668,000

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In closing, hope that this all-new Subaru XV 2018 review presents today will be a great help for those who are seeking a stylish, functional, versatile, powerful and surely, an affordable crossover.The car is now available for sale at all 12 Subaru dealerships in the Philippines. So, if the vehicle is of interest to you, rush to the nearest dealer right now.

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