2021 Subaru XV Old vs New: Spot the Differences 

Updated May 31, 2021 | Same topic: Old vs New: Spot the Differences

The changes are subtle, but they’re all welcome ones.

Subaru, under the management of Motor Image Pilipinas, Inc., has just brought in the facelifted 2021 XV crossover model. It is an update of the currently available second-generation version, and it bears some enhancements for its exterior design, on-board safety systems, among others. 

A picture of the updated Subaru XV on the road

The updated 2021 Subaru XV

So, just how different is the new Subaru XV from the old model? Let’s compare them to find out. 

2021 Subaru XV Old vs New: Exterior  

As far as size goes, the XV largely remains unchanged. Its length however has grown to 4,465mm, which is 20mm longer than the old model. It also retains the previous version’s 220mm of ground clearance. Both the old and new XV models also ride on a set of 18-inch alloy wheels, but the new one comes with a more modern-looking set. 

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Compare the old (right) and the new (left) XV's side profiles using the slider

Moving over to exterior design, the front fascia of the 2021 XV bears a larger front bumper. The said bumper also comes with a new urethane cladding, which is much smaller than the old model. The grille also gets a wider grille chrome accent piece, whereas the old version has a smaller chrome grille accent. 

The new XV also comes with LED headlights, and LED front fog lamps as compared to the halogen-type fitted to the outgoing model. The headlamp design and daytime LED running lamps are unchanged. 

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The old (left) and the new (right) XV from the front

2021 Subaru XV Old vs New: Interior 

Moving on to the differences inside, suffice to say there isn't much that can be gleaned visually. Both the old and new models can still comfortably seat five, and the layout of the dashboard and center console largely remains the same. 

The biggest change in the new XV’s interior however is that the new eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat now comes with a memory function. This is, of course, much more convenient than having to adjust it back to your settings everytime after someone else drives your XV. 

A picture of the facelifted 2021 Subaru XV's interior

The interior layout of the new XV largely remains identical to the old version

For the driver, the new XV also provides the dual X-mode. This comes in the form of a handy dial that adjusts the vehicle’s traction to better deal with dirt and mud.

2021 Subaru XV Old vs New: Tech and Safety 

Just like the older XV, the new one comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, and the eight-inch touchscreen still provides Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Bluetooth. There’s still an abundance of USB charging ports, and the steering wheel retains its tilt and telescopic adjustability. 

The biggest change in terms of tech is the addition of speed-sensing door locks and reverse auto-tilt door mirrors. These two were absent from the previous version. Otherwise, both the old and new XV models both come equipped with seven airbags, the Subaru EyeSight driver-assist active safety suite, and the usual anti-lock braking with electronic brakeforce distribution, vehicle dynamics control, ISOFIX child seat tethers, etc. 

2021 Subaru XV Old vs New: Engine 

The new 2021 Subaru XV still uses the same 2.0-liter Boxer engine that the old model used. At most, it can produce up to 154 horsepower and 196 Nm of torque. Being a Subaru, the XV uses a Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system, and it uses a continuously variable transmission with a seven-speed manual mode. 

A picture of the old Subaru XV's rear end

The outgoing Subaru XV from the rear

Despite using the same gasoline mill, it was also provided with the Subaru Intelligent Drive or SI-Drive. This piece of tech is an engine management system, which features a Sport mode and Intelligent mode. The Sport mode provides a more performance-oriented drive, while the other is more fuel-efficient. 

Other than that, Subaru also re-tuned the XV’s suspension system to provide better comfort in a variety of driving conditions.

A picture of the 2021 Subaru XV's rear end

The new 2021 Subaru XV from the rear 

Currently, the updated 2021 Subaru XV comes with an introductory price of Php 1.828 million. However, the said offer is only available until June 30, 2021. After that period, it will assume its regular price tag of Php 1.908 million. 

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Know more about Subaru XV 2022

Subaru XV

The Subaru XV 2022 Philippines is a subcompact, five-seater, all-wheel-drive crossover. In the local market, this model has the XV 2.0i Eyesight CVT, and the XV GT Edition 2.0i-S EyeSight variants. The former has a standard retail price of Php 1,908,000, while the GT Edition can be had for php 2,008,000. 

Under the hood of the Subaru XV is a 2.0-liter boxer four engine that is capable of producing up to 154 horsepower and 196 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to all four wheels via a continuously variable transmission. 

Size-wise, the Philippine-spec XV is 4,485mm long, 1800mm wide, and 1,615mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,665mm, and a ground clearance of 220mm. 

Locally, the Subaru XV rivals the Mazda CX-3, and Mazda CX-30, Honda HR-V, Audi Q2, among others. 

₱ 1,908,000 - ₱ 2,008,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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