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Subaru XV gets interior upgrade and retuned chassis

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Subaru has introduced a raft of modifications and upgrades for the interior and chassis of the XV compact crossover. 

The XV already offers the unique trait of having the lowest centre of gravity in the class – improving road holding – as well as the highest ground clearance, which means that drivers shouldn’t end up grounding the XV off road. Changes to the suspension, however, mean that the XV’s ride is now smoother without sacrificing any stability. 

Both front and rear suspension feature tweaked shock absorbers which have resulted in a more comfortable ride than in earlier models and reducing roll. Improving the handling further is sharper steering, which is now more responsive.  

Meanwhile, the XV’s interior now features higher quality materials and an all-new touchscreen media and navigation system, which boasts a 7.0-inch display and allows smartphone style control over the sat nav. Thanks to new metallic and piano black accents throughout the cabin, the inside should feel more upmarket, while Lineatronic automatic models get a new shift lever. 

Also included is an extra USB input, allowing occupants to listen to music from a USB-compatible device while charging another device. The addition of new centre-console cup holders make storing drinks easier too. 

Noise levels inside the cabin have also been reduced due to the introduction of greater levels of sound insulation throughout the car, cutting out wind and road noise. 

The upgraded Subaru XV is available to buy now, with prices starting at £21,995. 

Author: Harry Boucher

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