Subaru has made a series of revisions to its XV range for the 2014 model year aimed at improving ride and handling, together with changes to some interior trim.

All 2.0-litre petrol XV models have received suspension modifications aimed at improving both ride quality and crash safety performance, while revisions to the engine’s valve train help reduce noise.

Not to be left out, diesel models also now feature extra sound-proofing in the bulkhead.

Revisions have also been made to the electric power steering to reduce column vibration, increase straight-line feel, and provide a more linear response.

The interior sees more subtle changes, with new silver surrounds for the steering wheel buttons and ventilation controls, as well as new gloss black switches for the air-con system.

Subaru’s Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and Gear Shift Indicator, aimed at coaching drivers to drive more economically, are both now standard across the range.

Although the 1.6-litre petrol engine is no longer available, 2.0-litre models are available with a choice of either six-speed manual or Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT transmission.

The diesel continues to be offered with a six-speed manual, and in this guise it records 50.4 mpg on the combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 146 g/km placing it in VED Band F (£140 pa).

The model range has been simplified, with a choice of SE or a new SE Premium that replaces the previous Lux Premium model, and adds satellite navigation and leather upholstery to the SE’s standard equipment of 17-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, dual-zone climate control, reversing camera, and automatic headlights and wipers.

Two new colours have been added, too: Venetian Red Pearl and Quartz Blue Pearl.

Prices start at £21,995 for the 2.0i SE, rising to £25,995 for the 2.0D SE Premium.