2018 Subaru XV/Crosstrek vs Impreza: Differences in photo comparison

The new 2018 model year Subaru (XV) Crosstrek is based on the fifth-gen (GT) Impreza hatch. See the differences in this side-by-side photo comparison.

2018 Subaru Crosstrek - front, light blueCrosstrek
2017 Subaru Impreza hatch - frontImpreza
The new XV/Crosstrek has a unique grille that's deeper, darker and chrome-free. The soft-roading hatch also has a new front bumper. Under the bonnet there's a 4-cylinder boxer engine tied to an all-wheel drive system. The XV/Crosstrek does have active torque vectoring and selection X-Mode for better handling of off-road situations.
2018 Subaru Crosstrek - side, orangeCrosstrek
2017 Subaru Impreza hatch - side, on stage, NYIAS 2016Impreza
As you'd expect, the XV/Crosstrek has raised suspension, wheel arch protectors, and plenty of grey plastic for the sills, protectors, and front and rear bumpers. The XV/Crosstrek has ground clearance of 220mm (8.7 inches).
2018 Subaru Crosstrek - rearCrosstrek
2017 Subaru Impreza hatch - rearImpreza
Again there's a new bumper with a pronounced lower section of grey plastic cladding.

2018 Subaru Crosstrek - interior, dashboardCrosstrek
2017 Subaru Impreza hatch - interior, leatherImpreza

2018 Subaru Crosstrek - front seatsCrosstrek
2017 Subaru Impreza hatch - front seats Impreza
Aside from tech and specification differences, there's practically no difference between the interiors of the Impreza and XV/Crosstrek.

2018 Subaru CrosstrekCrosstrek
2017 Subaru Impreza hatch - rear seatsImpreza
Both the regular Impreza and the XV/Crosstrek have five seats, and a split-fold rear seat that lies flat.
2018 Subaru CrosstrekCrosstrek
2017 Subaru XV - front, blueXV
For the North American market, which branded the previous model as the XV Crosstrek, the XV name has been dropped completely. Elsewhere, the high-riding Impreza is still sold as the XV. Almost everywhere, the XV/Crosstrek is marketed as its own distinct model, despite being quite clearly a gussied up and raised Impreza hatch.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Editor-at-large — Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]

2018 Subaru XV/Crosstrek vs Impreza: Differences in photo comparison