Subaru launches the all new Crosstrek AWD SUV

Subaru Crosstrek - is it any good

Subaru Crosstrek – Subaru has just released the all new Crosstrek, to replace the ageing XV. The new Crosstrek is similar but better in every aspect.

The new model comes in a choice of three petrol engine and two mild hybrid models.

Both variants have the 2.0L boxer engine, with either a seven step CVT for the hybrid version or 8 step Lineartronic CVT for the normal version. Both have similar power and torque outputs.

All models come with the brilliant symmetrical AWD system that Subaru is famous for and the X-Mode functionality. Combine that with 220mm of ground clearance and its easy to see why they are so popular with the more adventurous buyers.

Crosstrek also has class leading safety features with the clever EyeSight® Driver Assist system standard in all models.

Other premium features include wireless smart phone charging and wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There is a huge 11.6-inch vertical multi zone central touch screen, first seen in the Outback. Little luxuries like driver monitoring, dusk sensing LED headlights, and Subaru Si dive are all standard.

Pricing is from a touch under $35,000 through to around $45,000 for the top hybrid model.

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What is good?

  • AWD Capability
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Central touchscreen

What is not so good?

  • Can be a bit thirsty
  • No HUD
  • No turbo version

Subaru Crosstrek AWD 2.0R x mode 1

Also look at.

Serious adventure AWD SUVs or even 4WD SUVs in the smaller size are few and far between.

Buyers could look at the Jeep Compass, Suzuki Jimny,  Toyota RAV4 Edge,

Other SUVs that aren’t quite as adventure focussed but worth a look at include: Nissan QASHQAI, Kia Seltos, Mazda MX-30, Audi Q2, Toyota Corolla Cross, Peugeot 2008 GT, Citroen C4, Haval Jolion HEV.

Subaru Crosstrek AWD 2.0R boxer engine

Subaru Crosstrek


Crosstrek 2.0S AWD

Model Price$41,490 MLP*
Engine2.0L 4 Cyl Boxer Petrol Euro 6b
Drivetrain8 Step Lineartronic CVT Symmetrical AWD
Power115kW @ 6,000rpm
Torque196Nm @ 4,000rpm
0-100kmh / Top Speed10.5 secs / 198km/h
CO2 Emissions165g/km
Economy ADR7.2L/100km / 63L capacity
Economy on testTBA
Max Range1050km
Servicing12Mth / 12,000km Capped Price
Warranty5yr/ Unlimited km
Roadside Assist5Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

Subaru Crosstrek AWD 2.0S interior front

Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel9
Ride and Handling9
Fit for Purpose9
AWD/Towing Capability*10 (AWD 5/5 / Towing 5/5)
Value for Money9

*Towing and AWD capability is measured against similar vehicles in the same class.


Overall Length4495mm
Wheels18×7.0 Alloy
Tyres225/55 R18
Max ground clearanceUp to 220mm
Wading DepthTBA
Approach18 degrees
Rampover19.7 degrees
Departure angle30.1 degrees
Turning Circle KTK10.80m
Boot space min291L
Boot space Max883L
Tub DepthN/A
Kerb Weight1556kg
Payload (kg)544kg
GVM (kg)2100kg
Towing Capacity1400kg
Tow Ball rating140kg

Subaru Crosstrek AWD 2.0S on the trail

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