The all-new XV was recently awarded a five-star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) after getting several perfect marks in key areas. ANCAP adds that the safety rating also applies to the Subaru Impreza, the car which the XV is based upon.

For the front offset impact test, the Impreza and XV scored 14.80 points out of a possible 16. ANCAP head, neck and upper leg protection perfect marks with chest and lower leg protection with a near perfect score. In their report, the passenger compartment held its shape well in the frontal offset test. They added, “pedal and steering wheel displacements were well controlled. Driver and passenger contact with the airbags was stable. All doors remained closed during the crash. After the crash, all doors could be opened with normal effort.”

On to the side impact test, the XV garnered the maximum 16 points with perfect scores for head, chest, abdomen and pelvic protection. It also got a perfect score for the side impact pole test with ANCAP saying the side airbags and curtain airbags provided good protection. As for whiplash protection, ANCAP gave the XV a score of 'Good'.

Besides the crash tests, the Subaru XV also fared well in the pedestrian test. ANCAP gave the XV 29.93 points out of the maximum 36 points. Again, it received a perfect mark for pedestrian lower leg protection. With all the points combined, the second-generation Subaru XV got an overall score of 35.80 out of a possible 37.

Confirmed by Motor Image executive director Glenn Tan, the 2018 Subaru XV will make its local debut by September.