Subaru XV hybrid reliability & safety
The XV e-Boxer has strong safety ratings, excellent preventative safety measures and a pretty decent Driver Power result
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety 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.
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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictHybrid Subaru XV e-Boxer improves SUV's fuel economy and off-road performance, but rivals offer more for less
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsPrius-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
- 3Running costsDisappointing fuel-economy figures mean road-tax and Benefit-in-Kind rates for the XV e-Boxer may be higher than expected, while warranty and servicing levels are fairly average
- 4Engines, drive & performanceComposed on-road handling and good off-road ability steal a march on some rivals, but the XV e-Boxer's hybrid setup works better at low speeds than in faster driving
- 5Interior & comfortIt’s not much to look at, but the XV e-Boxer's interior feels well constructed, while standard equipment and comfort are both strong
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe XV e-Boxer's boot space is unaffected by the battery pack beneath, but several rivals let you put more in there in the first place
- 7Reliability & safety - currently readingThe XV e-Boxer has strong safety ratings, excellent preventative safety measures and a pretty decent Driver Power result