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The Subaru XV compact crossover will receive a series of upgrades with the model staying at the same price, the manufacturer have announced.

Designed to refresh the car's exterior styling, raise cabin quality and improve refinement are the reasons behind the upgrading of the 2016 model, which goes on sale across the UK next month from £21,995 (On The Road price).

The XV stands out in the compact crossover range by having one of the more higher ground clearances than most rivals and is among the lightest vehicles in the compact crossover segment.

Updates to the 2016 model follow hot on the heels of a range of upgrades made in 2015 which included a raft of suspension modifications and a quicker more direct steering rack, resulting in more engaging and assured handling and smoother ride.

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Among the most important changes to the upgraded XV is an upgraded interior, finish in higher quality materials and featuring Subaru's new factory-fit 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system.

Changes include the adoption of new metallic and piano black trim as well as new contrast stitching throughout the cabin. The driver's TFT LCD instrument binnacle has also been redesigned, now emitting a blue glow, providing the XV with a more modern look and feel.

The touchscreen display allows smartphone-style control of the advanced navigation and infotainment features, with a swipe and pinch control function for map displays. The infotainment system houses a standard-fit rear view camera, offering a super-wide 160-degree field of view behind the car when reversing.

Other functions of the car - such as changing navigation settings or adjusting the power or temperature of the climate control - can be controlled through the company's latest-generation voice control facility, allowing the driver to keep their eyes on the road ahead.

The all-new upgraded Subaru XV offers UK buyers a choice of two horizontally-opposed, four-cylinder Boxer engines - a 2.0-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel - and two transmissions (six-speed manual and six-speed CVT automatic). For 2016, both engines in the XV line-up offer improved fuel economy over the existing model.

The 2.0-litre turbodiesel, equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, features a range of updates and longer gear rations to improve fuel efficiency by 4%. The modified engine achieves 52.3 mpg on the combined cycle, while CO2 emissions fall from 146 to 141 g/km, placing the car in a lower BIK tax band (25% for 2016/2017). The XV car can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 9.3 seconds.

As part of the updates for 2016, Subaru has revised elements of the XV's exterior styling to further enhance the car's rugged appeal. Subaru's signature identity can be found in the upgraded 'face' of the XV, which now features 'hawk-eye' headlights and a redesigned front grille and bumper.

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At the rear, the 2016 XV features a discreet new boot spoiler and LED combination lamps, and a stylish new black and silver diamond cut aluminium alloy wheel design completes the revised exterior.

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