Subaru’s new Crosstrek, set to replace the well-liked XV when it launches during April, will kick off at $34,990 before on-road costs and come with a hybrid option further up the range.

Order books are now open, and will fill fast considering the outgoing Subaru XV attracted more than 100,000 Australian buyers over a decade on sale, and two generations.

The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek range again comprises five variants: three petrol-powered grades (now called 2.0L, 2.0R and 2.0S) and two hybrids (again called Hybrid L and Hybrid S).

While the grade names have changed in places, the prices between each respective spec level versus the XV are up by between $1800 and $3000.

As with all Subaru SUVs, the Crosstrek is unique in its size-segment by coming with all-wheel drive (AWD) as standard, giving it greater soft-road capability than most competitors.

These include the top-selling Mazda CX-30, Mitsubishi ASX, MG ZS and Toyota Corolla Cross, as well as the just-launched new-generation Nissan Qashqai.

The new Crosstrek is almost identical dimensionally to the XV (4495mm long, 1800mm wide, 1600mm tall) and offers an above-average 220mm of ground clearance. Under the evolutionary body is the latest modular Subaru Global Platform, with 10 per cent more stiffness.

“This is not a jacked up small car; this is a small SUV with real capability,” claims Subaru Australia boss Blair Read.

The Crosstrek’s interior comes with new features such as better seats, an 11.6-inch portrait touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, better EyeSight driver-assist cameras with functions such as speed-sign recognition and lane-centring, and a front-centre airbag.

Two Boxer flat-four engines are available, both using standard symmetrical AWD and a CVT with paddles, though neither are brimming with power.

The 2.0-litre petrol makes 115kW of power and 196Nm of torque and uses a claimed 7.2 litres of 91 RON fuel per 100km, whereas the e-Boxer 2.0-litre Hybrid with its very small battery and electric motor makes 110kW and 196Nm, and cuts fuel use to 6.5L/100km.

As with other e-Boxer models, the hybrid doesn’t get close to matching the fuel efficiency of Toyota’s ubiquitous hybrid system, but should still smooth out the stop/start system.

2023 Subaru Crosstrek prices

  • Crosstrek AWD 2.0L: $34,990 (up $1800)
  • Crosstrek AWD 2.0R: $38,490 (up $2700)
  • Crosstrek AWD 2.0S: $41,490 (up $3000)
  • Crosstrek AWD Hybrid L: $38,590 (up $1800)
  • Crosstrek AWD Hybrid S: $45,090 (up $3000)

All prices exclude on-road costs

2023 Subaru Crosstrek spec summary

Crosstrek AWD 2.0L features:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Dusk-sensing headlights
  • Roof rails
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Cloth trim
  • 11.6-inch touchscreen
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • USB-A and USB-C connections
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Nine airbags
  • AEB – forward and reverse
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Emergency Lane Keep Assist
  • Lane-centring function
  • Lead Vehicle Start Alert
  • Intelligent Speed Limiter
  • Speed Limiter
  • Speed Sign Recognition
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Driver monitoring systems

Crosstrek AWD 2.0R adds:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Self-levelling LED headlights
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Premium cloth seat trim
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Aluminium pedals
  • Auto-dimming rear view mirror
  • Heated front seats
  • 10-way power seat with lumbar support – driver
  • Rear seat USB-A and USB-C ports
  • Automatic high-beam
  • Surround-view camera

Crosstrek AWD 2.0S adds:

  • Electric sunroof
  • Leather accented seat trim
  • Satellite navigation
  • 10 speaker audio system with Harmon Kardon amp

Crosstrek AWD Hybrid L features:

  • About matches the base Crosstrek 2.0L

Crosstrek AWD Hybrid S features:

  • About matches the flagship Crosstrek 2.0S

Read the full 2023 Subaru Crosstrek price and specs breakdown here.

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Mike Costello
Mike Costello is a Senior Contributor at CarExpert.
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