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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