We review the upgraded Subaru Crosstrek

The third-generation Subaru Crosstrek arrives in South Africa with various improvements in exterior and interior design, technology, and handling. Previously known as the XV, the crossover is known by its global moniker ‘Crosstrek’ in South Africa and is available in just two variants: 2.0-i L ES and 2.0i S ES. 

The power comes from the well-known naturally aspirated 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder Boxer petrol mill that mates to the standard symmetrical all-wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters and 8 pre-configured steps.    

The all-paw crossover creates the same 115 kW and 196 Nm of torque as before, but the fuel efficiency gets a tad better at 7.2 litres per 100 km. The Japanese automaker says it can consume 320 litres of cargo, and the ground clearance stands at 220 mm.

The crossover offers a delightful experience with its balanced steering and smooth ride. The suspension strikes a perfect balance between firmness and comfort, effortlessly absorbing bumps of all sizes without any fuss.

In terms of design, the latest Crosstrek shows progress compared to its previous model. The LED headlights have a more defined shape and seamlessly blend with a restyled grille. We see a noticeable stretched protective covering along the sides while the rear fenders extend outward for a bolder appearance.

Furthermore, the Crosstrek has received an upgrade with complete LED high and low beams, along with LED cornering lights—a groundbreaking addition for Subaru vehicles.

The Crosstrek measures 4,480mm in length, 1,800mm in width, and 1,580mm in height. It is slightly longer by 15mm and flatter by 35mm compared to the XV, with a 5mm longer wheelbase. 

Within the latest Crosstrek model, you will come across an 11.6-inch touchscreen in portrait orientation. It conveniently offers wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The audio system consists of six speakers and the front section provides a wireless charger for smartphones, along with USB-A and USB-C ports. Notable features include a rearview camera, wipers that automatically adjust to rain conditions, and a push-button start for effortless ignition. The Crosstrek 2.0-i L ES variant features comfortable fabric seats, while the 2.0-i S ES variant elevates the experience with leather upholstery.

The top-tier variant also features 18-inch alloy wheels instead of the 17-inches found on the standard model. It also boasts additional amenities like a sunroof, LED daytime running lights (instead of halogen), headlamps that adjust to the steering and respond to dusk, and a driver's seat with eight-way power adjustments.

The latest seats offer increased support, while advancements have been made to minimise noise and vibration levels. Moreover, structural enhancements to the Subaru Global Platform, which serves as the foundation for the Crosstrek, have resulted in improved handling stability and heightened rider comfort.

The S-model includes a monitor for the front view, a camera system that captures a 360-degree view, and the high beam assist along with the blind-spot monitoring, lane-change assist, and rear parking sensors available for the L-model. Both models feature Subaru’s 4th-generation EyeSight driver assistance tech.

The Crosstrek 2.0-i L ES starts at R579,000, whereas the Crosstrek 2.0-i S ES costs R669,000. Just to note, the previous XV 2.0i had a final listing price of R464,000, while the XV 2.0i-S ES was priced at R531,000. (Prices correct at time of publication.)

The purchase prices mentioned above include a warranty covering 5 years or 150,000 km, along with a maintenance plan of 3 years or 75,000 km, with service intervals set at 15,000 km.

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