Prices haven't changed too much, so the line-up continues to be pitched into much the same £25,000 to £28,500 bracket. Some Qashqai-class rivals initially look cheaper, but that's because they don't offer 4WD on affordable variants and because they offer feeble entry-level engines that the XV range doesn't bother with. Equipment levels include most of the usual features you'd expect in a car of this price. Even entry-level models feature 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, daytime LED running lights and automatic air conditioning as standard.
With this revised model, some of the main improvements relate to safety provision. The new platform used allows impact energy absorption to be improved by 40%, plus there are plenty of preventative safety features too. 'EyeSight', Subaru's camera-based safety package, delivers features such as Pre-Collision Braking Control, Adaptive Cruise Control and a Lane Keep Assist function. There's also an improved High Beam Assist system for 'Steering Responsive Headlights' that are able to move their beam right or left whilst cornering or at junctions to illuminate the direction of travel. In addition, there's also a 'Rear Vehicle Detection' system offering blind spot detection, lane change assistance and reversing assistance to enhance all-round preventive safety.