Subaru XV hybrid reliability & safety rating
The XV hybrid has strong safety ratings, excellent preventative safety measures and pretty decent customer satisfaction ratings
|5 stars (2017)
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, so it didn’t appear in the 2023 Driver Power survey, but the Subaru Outback finished an impressive fifth on the list of the best cars to own. Owners praised its reliability and build quality, which bodes well for the XV.
There’s more good news, with Subaru ranked fourth on the list of best car manufacturers, beaten only by Tesla, Polestar and Porsche. The company notched up excellent scores in the interior, practicality, ride and handling, and safety categories.
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 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 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
- 1VerdictThe Subaru XV e-Boxer hybrid is good to drive on and off-road, but returns poor fuel economy
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsToyota-like hybrid system doesn’t result in Toyota-like economy – this is somewhere the Subaru can't compete
- 3Running costs & insuranceCO2 emissions are fairly high and Benefit-in-Kind for the XV hybrid may be more than expected
- 4Performance, engine & driveComposed on-road handling and good off-road ability steal a march on some rivals, but the XV e-Boxer's hybrid works better at low speeds
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortIt’s not much to look at, but the XV hybrid's interior feels well constructed, while standard equipment and comfort are both strong
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe XV hybrid's boot space is unaffected by the battery, but rivals let you put more in there in the first place
- 7Reliability & safety rating - currently readingThe XV hybrid has strong safety ratings, excellent preventative safety measures and pretty decent customer satisfaction ratings