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How your car handles in different road and weather conditions is key to driver confidence. With a range of technology to enhance your drive, you can expect an engaging experience every time you drive your Subaru. 

Explore the benefits of:


Activated at the touch of a button, X-MODE with Hill Descent Control gives you confidence to tackle the toughest terrain. It makes climbing and descending steep, slippery surfaces controlled, calm and worry-free. When activated, X-MODE takes command of the engine, transmission, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, brakes and other components of your vehicle to provide the best traction and grip in difficult conditions. Hill Descent Control moderates speed and braking for you when going downhill. All you have to do is steer. 

X-MODE with Hill Descent Control is fitted on all Forester, XV and Outback models as standard.


Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) lets you select engine and transmission characteristics according to your driving style. Sport Mode is well-suited for all-round conditions with its immediate acceleration – and is also perfect for enhancing your enjoyment of winding roads. Offering gentle power delivery, Intelligent Mode is ideal for cruising around town, covering long distances or achieving optimum fuel economy. It also provides flexible control in the rain or on snowy roads. 

 SI-Drive is fitted on all Forester, Outback and Levorg models as standard.

Paddle Shifters

Automatic transmission is a joy. But sometimes – like when you’re climbing hills or overtaking, for example – you may want to get hands-on. For a more engaging driving experience, you can opt to use paddle shifters on the steering wheel to enjoy sequential manual gear changes. Simply flick the paddle shifters to take control and click up or down gear yourself. Then you can simply settle back into automatic mode with Subaru’s Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) whenever you want.

Paddle shifters are fitted on all Forester, XV and Outback (Automatic) models as standard.

Please check model specification for feature availability/details. Model shown may not reflect UK specification or the latest model year.