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The Fuel-Stingy 2016 Crosstrek You Won’t Find in U.S. Showrooms

You can buy a 2.0-liter gas boxer 2016 Subaru Crosstrek in the U.S., but not the fuel-stingy 2.0-liter turbodiesel. What 3 things set it apart?

In the UK, consumers still have two choices in the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek (XV in the UK), a 2.0-liter gas or the 2.0-liter diesel horizontally-opposed, four-cylinder Boxer engine. And both have improved fuel-efficiency over last year’s model. Consumers in the U.S. can only look and not touch the diesel variant.

Turbodiesel gets updates

The UK-spec Subaru XV Crosstrek comes with a torquey 2.0-liter turbodiesel under the hood. It still produces 147 PS and 350 Nm (258 lb. ft) of torque. When equipped with the six-speed manual gearbox, the new Crosstrek features a range of updates and longer gear ratios to improve fuel efficiency by 4 percent.

The newly modified 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine achieves 52.3 mpg on the combined European cycle, while CO2 emissions fall from 146 to 141 g/km. This places the Subaru XV Crosstrek diesel in a lower BIK tax band (25 percent for 2016/17). Even with the taller gears, the 2.0-liter turbodiesel is quick off the line and still sprints from 0-62 in 9.3 seconds.

Three things set the diesel apart

The XV Crosstrek with the turbodiesel gets excellent fuel economy, extra torque to get the crossover moving quickly and longevity. Subaru UK says in spite of the recent upgrades, pricing for the XV is unchanged for the 2016 model. The 2016 Subaru XV Crosstrek with the 2.0-liter turbodiesel goes on sale across the UK in March from 21,995 British Pounds (OTR). It’s a good deal for those in the UK, Australia and Japan where the diesel variant is sold. U.S. consumers can only look and not touch.

Source: Subaru UK