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Subaru XV hybrid reliability & safety

The XV e-Boxer has strong safety ratings, excellent preventative safety measures and a pretty decent Driver Power result

Subaru XV hybrid
Overall rating

3.0 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating

4.5 out of 5

Price
£30,140 - £32,140
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
Euro NCAPAdult protectionChild protectionSafety assist
5 stars (2017)94%89%68%

It may be more expensive to run than some rivals, but you should be able to depend on your XV e-Boxer. The XV itself scored a decent result in the most recent Driver Power survey, Subaru as a whole has a good reputation for dependability and longevity and the XV carries a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating, too.

Subaru would also no doubt point out the active safety benefits of one of its long-standing traditions: all-wheel drive. It’s something still not offered by every rival, but the car’s surefootedness in poor conditions is as valuable as any airbag.

Subaru XV hybrid reliability & problems

The XV sells in relatively small numbers, but still made an appearance in the most recent Driver Power survey, with the second-generation model on which the e-Boxer is based finishing 33rd our of 75 vehicles. Not a bad result, although Subaru’s own Outback and Forester placed 17th and 20th respectively, so owners are clearly a little happier with Subaru’s larger models. The manufacturer does have a decent reputation for longevity, too.

Safety

Subaru’s reputation for safety is somewhat underrated, for some reason rarely considered alongside the Volvos and Mercedes of the world. But the XV achieved a full five-star rating from Euro NCAP in 2017 when it was launched (the e-Boxer hasn’t been tested separately, but is unlikely to be too different). It scored an impressive 94% for adult protection, and Subaru’s 'EyeSight' technology, on all variants, is pretty comprehensive.

EyeSight includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, pre-collision throttle management, lane sway and departure warning, lane-keeping assistance and lead vehicle start alert. Rear vehicle detection is also standard, with blind-spot monitoring, lane-changing assistance and rear cross-traffic alert all rolled in.

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