What’s it and how does it work?
Kampala, Uganda | AGENCIES | It reads like it might be a gimmick but XMode is anything but…Here we explain what X-Mode is and how it works.
Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive already makes its vehicles the most capable in their segments across rough or slippery ground. And X-Mode makes them better.
Previously only available on Forester, X-Mode is now also available on XV and Outback.
What is X-Mode?
Activating X-Mode recalibrates things like gearing and engine mapping to soften the throttle which makes it easier to drive on slippery roads, meaning you’re 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 wheelspin. It also works in both forwards and reverse. What about the transmission? Well, X-Mode tells the CVT to hold onto ‘gears’ a little longer than normal to give you more low-down grunt at lower speeds.
What else does X-Mode do?
It activates hill descent control but, unlike some vehicles which require you to control speeds via the cruise control stalk, X-Mode is controlled via the throttle and brake pedals. So, if you inch over a crest at 5km/h and then step off the throttle that’s the speed the car will maintain. If you want to go a bit quicker you simply squeeze the throttle.
The other thing about X-Mode is it dulls the throttle sensitivity so that the car doesn’t lurch in delicate situations, like when adjusting speed on a descent or when taking off on a slippery track.
Hill descent control is active up to 20km/h but it remains on-guard until you reach 40km/h. And the fact it works in reverse too allows you to control your reverse descent should you decide not to continue driving up the hill.