Subaru has prepared a series of tweaks for the 2016 XV compact crossover in UK specification.

The new model year brings several mechanical revisions that boost the XV’s efficiency by 4% for the turbodiesel 2.0-liter engine linked to the six-speed manual transmission. The engine continues to develop 145 horsepower (108 kilowatts) and 258 pound-feet (350 newton meters), but it has been updated for added efficiency while the transmission now has longer gear ratio.

As a result, the crossover will return 52.3 miles per gallon UK (43.5 mpg US or 5.4 liters / 100 kilometer) in the combined cycle and generate 141 grams of CO2 per 100 km (down by 5g). Despite the longer gear ratios, acceleration to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) continues to take 9.3 seconds.

If you would rather have the naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter gasoline engine, it’s now more efficient and returns a combined 43.5 mpg UK (36.2 mpg US or 6.5 liters / 100 km) with the six-speed continuously variable transmission. It’s a 2% increase in efficiency and in this configuration emissions have been reduced to 151 g/km. The gasoline engine continues to develop 148 hp (110 kW) and 145 lb-ft (196 Nm) and can also be had with the same six-speed manual gearbox featuring longer gear ratios.

Besides the boosted efficiency, the XV also has some modest cosmetic tweaks noticeable at the front where there’s a redesigned grille, bumper, and slightly modified “hawk-eye” headlights. The back hosts a subtle spoiler and mildly changed LED combination lamps. Rounding off the exterior changes are the fresh Hyper Blue and Dark Blue Metallic body paints and new black & silver diamond cut alloys.

Stepping inside the cabin, the 2016 Subaru XV UK Spec gains a brand new seven-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system that works as standard with a rearview camera. There’s also an additional USB port up front for added connectivity and support for voice control, Apple’s Siri Eyes-Free, and a selection of apps via Subaru StarLink.

Available today across the UK, the 2016 Subaru XV begins at £21,995 for the entry-level 2.0i SE and goes all the way up to £25,995 for the range-topping 2.0D SE Premium.

Subaru will reportedly preview the next-generation XV next month in Geneva by revealing a concept, but further details are not available at this point.

Source: Subaru UK

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