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Subaru XV hybrid MPG & CO2 emissions

Toyota-like hybrid system doesn’t result in Toyota-like economy – this is somewhere the Subaru can't compete

Overall rating

3.0 out of 5

MPG & CO2 emissions rating

2.0 out of 5

Price
£33,195 - £35,195
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
Fuel economy (combined)Fuel economy (high)Fuel economy (low)CO2 emissions
36mpg43mpg32mpg180g/km

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

All this results in claimed fuel economy of 36mpg and CO2 emissions of 180g/km, although neither of these figures are that impressive given that the Kia Niro, Toyota C-HR and previous-generation Hyundai Kona Hybrid are all cleaner and manage well in excess of 50mpg.

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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.

Private buyers won't save much on annual VED (road tax) either; being hybrid means just a measly £10 yearly discount. Even top-spec Premium cars cost well under £40,000 though – you'd have to be going great guns to push the XV beyond the threshold for luxury car tax. The same is true for rivals, however.

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Richard is editor of DrivingElectric, as well as sister site Carbuyer.co.uk, and a regular contributor to Auto Express. An electric and hybrid car advocate, he spent more than five years working on the news and reviews desk at Auto Express and has driven almost every new car currently on sale.

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