All variants above the entry XV have a standard expanded Eyesight suite of safety features with lane keeping assist (new to XV) to prevent drifting out of your lane, adaptive cruise control with brake light recognition to alert to dangers ahead, lane departure warning, impact avoidance pre collision braking when the system detects your vehicle closing on the one ahead, and more. The new XVs interior has been rated by Wards as one of the 10 best interiors for 2017 The dashboard features an uncluttered design thats easy to use on the fly. The infotainment unit on the cars we drove for our preview of the new XV were for the Japanese market and are quite different to the ones well get here in June; XV will use the same 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment which is a pretty easy to use with enough features to make it useful. It also offers Apple Car Play and Android Auto connectivity. Continuing with the decluttering of the interior the manual handbrake has been red by an electric unit that offers auto-off, meaning you only need to press the accelerator pedal when the handbrake is on (once in D for Drive and with your seatbelt fastened) to get it to release. And the cup holders, thanks to the slightly wider cabin, now sit side by side, rather than one behind the other. A new feature for the XV is X-Mode which features on both the Forester and Outback. Weve tested X-Mode in those other models on the sort of terrain no owner would ever drive across and can attest that it works very well indeed. Pressing the X-Mode button recalibrates engine mapping to soften the throttle which makes it easier to drive on slippery roads, meaning youre less likely to over-rev and keep breaking traction. Although, you can slam the throttle into the carpet and it will give you full power, like if you need to build momentum to climb up a slippery slope. X-Mode also speeds up the locking between front and rear axles by about 25% to improve grip in bumpy terrain, and the traction control acts faster to prevent wheel spin. For more information please contact us to arrange a test drive and a look at the brand new XV!!