2010 Subaru Impreza XV Now On Sale In Australia

Mike Stevens | Jun 1, 2010

Following its unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, Subaru Australia has announced the arrival of the 2010 Subaru Impreza XV.

Similar to the US-market Impreza Outback Sport - the latest incarnation of the previous-generation Impreza RV offered locally - the Impreza XV is powered by the same 2.0 litre four-cylinder Boxer engine offered with the Impreza R, RX and RS.

Speaking with TMR recently, Subaru Australia's David Rowley said the Impreza XV has potential for a successful local launch.

"It's been known as the RV and the Sports Wagon previously, and those models found a niche in previous incarnations. The Impreza RV was a 'value-added' sale that proved worthwhile and it certainly had an audience, so we're expecting similar potential here as well."

Based on the five-door Impreza hatch, the XV Crossover measures 4430mm long, 1770mm wide and 1520mm tall, compared to the regular Impreza's 4415/1740/1475mm dimensions. Both models sit on a 2620mm wheelbase.

Those larger dimensions are courtesy of the Impreza XV's Outback-like flared guards and revised bumpers.

The Impreza XV's suspension has been tuned to complement the increased ground clearance, with changes to the stabilisers, spring rates, damping force and rear
subframe bushes.

Inside, the Impreza XV features sports bucket seats with mocha accents, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity and a 10-speaker stereo system.

It also has climate control air conditioning and leather trim steering wheel, handbrake and gear stick.

Pricing and Availability

The 2010 Subaru Impreza XV is available now, priced from $27,490 for the five-speed manual model and $29,490 for the four-speed automatic.

Note: pricing is Manufacturer's List Price only and does not include dealer delivery or on-road costs.

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  • Dann says,
    5 years ago
    It looks okay, much like the previous shape Impreza RV model. However, the painted on wheelarch flares look just plain cheap and silly, whats the point?
  • Wheelnut says,
    5 years ago
    Subaru got rid of the Imprezas flared arches etc to make it appeal to a wider more mature demographic. Yet if you didn't like the "boy racer" image of the Impreza and wanted something more "refined" you could buy a Liberty.

    Now it appears that they are trying to turn the Impreza into a into a pint-sized Outback or Tribeca?....

    Subaru have lost the plot and I dare say a number of customers [including me].
    Thankfully Mitsubishi haven't meseed around with the Evo Lancer
  • Dann says,
    5 years ago
    My bad, its the US version of the Outback Sport pictured, not the XV. Hopefully the XV will have a proper kit as opposed to the Outback Sports silly paint on effects
  • Godspeed says,
    5 years ago
    As if the Impreza didn't look awkward enough already.
  • Golfschwein says,
    5 years ago
    It's unbelievable that they would try the painted wheel arches again, but there they are!
  • Baddass says,
    5 years ago
    There really is no point in adding any off-road kit, even mild stuff, as all you end up with is a heavier, dafter, and more ugly (how can this be!) version of the Impreza. The old RV in the wagon/hatch guise actually looked pretty nifty, but this fails miserably at whatever it tries to do.
  • 668475019
    Jake02 says,
    5 years ago
    1 like
    Hopefully the facelifted front-end isn't grafted onto the rest of the Impreza range, that is definitely the worst part of the range. Subaru need:
    - the 2.0D Boxer Diesel for the Impreza
    - the 2.5L petrol from the US market for RS models (to emphasise it's position as the sporty non-WRX model, the 2.0L is gutless and felt worse when I drove it than my old MY00 2.0L Liberty wagon) or maybe a VWAG-style small turbo
    - much better interior plastics
    - the sports grille brought back to the RS (they've replaced the horrible grille on R/RX models with a new one, but unfortunately the RS also gets it making it look not sporty...)
    - a much more aggressive WRX/WRX STI model, especially in the headlights/tailights area

    If Subaru did those things and others, the new Impreza would have a much better reputation, much like the Impreza of old!
    • Shaun Camilleri says,
      4 years ago
      I've got a MY10 RS manual... yes would be great if it was 2.5... but i honestly wouldn't say its gutless....and my previous car was a V6 manual... the 4speed auto may feel gutless but i dont know as i havent driven it in auto.
  • Wheelnut
    Wheelnut says,
    5 years ago
    I tend to agree with you Jake.

    Infact the MY02RS has the 2.5L boxer engine.. and the WRX has a turbo charged 2.0L boxer engine
    In 03 they switched - the WRX got the 2.5L and the RS got the non turbo 2.0L boxer
    Funny thing is in terms of power the 03 2.5L WRX and the 02 2.0L WRX are virtually the same

    Which in itself shows you that even back then Subaru were starting to lose the plot.


    Alhough your comment that they could uset better quality plastics for the interior.. given that the Impreza ranges from $20-40k - the fit and feel of the not to mention the look of the interior is better than a number of other [AWD] cars which people claim to be superior - because they happen to be owned by VAG
  • 5valvepercylinder
    5 valve per cylinder says,
    5 years ago
    This is really really bad. their Forester also has a low ground clearance so what's the point with this?
  • nanapreza says,
    5 years ago
    Mr Sube,
    If you are going to build a crossover, do it properly or not at all. A road car with stick on plastic, fancy grills and cosmetic changes to the interior, doesn't make a crossover. I have a 2008 Impreza and it needs more than the Geneva motor show model, to interest me. The ground clearance on the current model is woeful and I am already looking at modifying the front springs just to park in suburbia. An Oz model will need a lot more air underneath and a the 6 slot gearbox, with a low 1st .( I gather the old reduction box will eventually disappear as it has already in Oz)

    I'll wait until the diesel has been on market awhile, before committing my thoughts to it

    Nissan have had a go with the Dualis, albeit not too successfully, but they are at serious.

    Suzuki's SX4, which looks like a bit odd, with a low rent trim , is again a serious effort.

    Sube have jollied up the Impreza and named it CrossoverXV just to try to recover lacklustre sales of the Impreza
  • Ward Paterson says,
    5 years ago
    Oh god, I feel sick. Thank god my 09 STi Spec R doesnt look that bad!
  • gt says,
    4 years ago
    It seems that Subaru has lost the plot. Why in this day and age when other manufacturers fit five, six, seven and even eight speed automatic transmissions does Subaru stick to outmoded four speeders and with the new diesel powered Outback and Forester models they can't manage to design an auto that can cope with the amount of torque so only offer manual trannies. I currently own an 3 litre Outback after a Forester GT (turbo) but never again. There are far better cars available in the market (read VW etc)\ and Subaru need to lift its game dramatically to continue to be taken seriously.
    • DM says,
      4 years ago
      Agreed. As someone who has owned several Subarus, I wopnt touch them now. I have moved on to VW, as have most of my friends and family who also used to own Subarus. 4 speed Autos, 5 speed manuals, dodgy interiors and retina burning looks havent been acceptable for years. Subaru used to be at the forefront, now they are struggling to remain remotely relevant!
  • sammo8191
    sammo8191 says,
    4 years ago
    If you want a good diesel - buy a European car.
    Peugeot, VW, Audi, Renault all make excellent diesel cars, you pay more but it's worth it in my opinion!

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