FIRST LOOK: 2019 Subaru XV GT Edition – RM130,788

Just last month, TC Subaru introduced the new XV GT Edition, one which came with a number of aesthetic and equipment upgrades for not a lot of extra money. At RM130,788, the GT Edition costs nearly RM5,000 more than the 2.0i Premium, and included in the price is a five-year or 100,000 km warranty package.

Essentially, the XV GT Edition gets a full exterior bodykit with silver accents, sportier rear spoiler, blacked-out rear diffuser, as well as the new 17-inch wheels with fan blade design and GT wheel caps. Additional items include full two-tone leather seats with contrast stitching, and both front seats now come with compartmentalised rear seat pockets.

In terms of safety, the list pretty much mirrors the XV Premium, although the GT Edition gets the new side-view monitoring cameras. Otherwise, it gets seven airbags with driver’s knee airbag, ABS with EBD and brake assist, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and rear Isofix child seat anchors.

No changes have been done under the skin, as such the FB20 2.0 litre direct-injected four-cylinder boxer engine continues propulsion duties. The mill offers 156 PS at 6,000 rpm and 196 Nm at 4,000 rpm, with drive going to the road via a Lineartronic CVT (seven virtual ratios) and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system (with X-Mode). That’s quite value for money, no?

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