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Subaru XV hybrid MPG & CO2 emissions

Prius-like hybrid system doesn’t result in Prius-like economy; this is unfortunately an area where the XV e-Boxer lags well behind its rivals

Subaru XV hybrid
Overall rating

3.0 out of 5

MPG & CO2 emissions rating

2.0 out of 5

£30,140 - £32,140
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
Fuel economy (combined)Fuel economy (high)Fuel economy (low)CO2 emissions

The 'e-Boxer' hybrid system allows the XV to run for around a mile under electric power alone at speeds of up to 25mph, with the engine used to charge the battery when travelling above that threshold – in similar fashion to a Toyota Prius. A regenerative braking system also helps put energy back into the battery when slowing down: this means there’s little ‘bite’ to the brake pedal, but it still feels natural and linear to use.

Subaru XV hybrid MPG & CO2 emissions

This results in claimed fuel economy of almost 36mpg and CO2 emissions of 180g/km, although neither of these figures are that impressive given that the Kia Niro, Toyota C-HR and Hyundai Kona Hybrid are all cheaper, cleaner and manage well in excess of 50mpg. Even the Subaru's 'high' rating (reflective of gentle driving) of 43mpg doesn’t get close to that, while the official CO2 figure results in a fairly hefty company-car tax bill – something hybrids typically avoid.

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