The 2018 Subaru XV has been awarded a five-star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). The rating applies to all variants of the SUV, and is based on crash tests of the Impreza, which was revealed in December 2016.

Therefore, in the frontal offset test, the XV scores 14.80 out of 16 points, whereas it is 16 out of 16 in the side impact test. In other areas, the SUV was rated “Good” in both the whiplash and pedestrian protection tests.

For the Australian market, the XV comes equipped as standard with seven airbags (dual front, side, curtain and driver’s knee). Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist system is also found on all variants except the entry-level XV, bringing with it autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and lane departure warning. Higher variants come with an expanded range of functionality for the system.

The latest XV was first unveiled during this year’s Geneva Motor Show, and rides on the new Subaru Global Platform. The architecture is also used on the new Impreza, offering improved rigidity and a lower centre of gravity.

It was previously reported that the XV might be introduced in Malaysia by Q4 this year, with local assembly set to take place at Tan Chong Motor Assemblies’ plant in Segambut. The facility currently produces the previous-generation XV and facelifted Forester.

GALLERY: 2018 Subaru XV