Subaru Forester hybrid MPG & CO2 emissions
You’d expect better efficiency, despite the Subaru Forester e-Boxer hybrid's size and off-road credentials
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You'd think a full-hybrid powertrain would shine here, but unfortunately the Forester e-Boxer barely glimmers. True, it is hamstrung by having the inefficiency of permanent four-wheel drive, but we'd still expect better despite this than the circa-33mpg we achieved in a mix of motorway and urban driving.
Subaru Forester hybrid MPG
This hybrid is Subaru's attempt at making the Forester more efficient, but the official fuel economy figure of just under 35mpg could be better compared with the nearly 50mpg of the Ford Kuga and Kia Sportage hybrids.
Subaru maintains that the Forester can drive in pure-electric mode at up to 25mph, but the electric motor needs more urge to keep up with traffic, so we struggled to do more than brief moments around town in electric mode. We managed 33mpg in a mix of motorway and town driving, while some off-roading caused that to quickly dip below 30mpg.
The Forester hybrid's CO2 emissions of 185g/km are just as underwhelming as its fuel economy, given that the Kuga and Sportage mentioned above (both of which use a similar ’self-charging’ hybrid system) emit 125 and 129g/km, respectively.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe all-wheel-drive Subaru Forester e-Boxer hybrid is great off-road and comfortable on-road, but its price is quite hard to justify
- 2MPG & CO2 emissions - currently readingYou’d expect better efficiency, despite the Subaru Forester e-Boxer hybrid's size and off-road credentials
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe Subaru Forester hybrid's reputation for reliability are big plus points, but company-car and other tax costs are high
- 4Engines, drive & performancePerformance is a bit weak on the road, but once you head off it, the Subaru Forester hybrid is king of this class
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe Subaru Forester e-Boxer hybrid is well equipped, if rather dated-looking inside
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe Subaru Forester hybrid is roomy and functional inside, but there's no seven-seat option
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Subaru Forester hybrid boasts class-leading driver aids and a great crash safety rating, but there's no spare wheel