Subaru XV hybrid running costs, insurance, warranty & tax
As it's not a plug-in hybrid and CO2 emissions are fairly high, Benefit-in-Kind for the XV hybrid may be more than expected, while warranty coverage is bested by some rivals
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2021/22 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|16||3yrs / 60,000 miles||1yr / 9,000 miles||From £2,274 / £4,548|
Opting for a hybrid should be a hall pass to reduced running costs, and while the XV hybrid is the cheaper of the two XV variants to run, it’s a long way from being competitive in the market as a whole. As the company-car Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) figures above indicate, the car’s relatively high CO2 number pushes it into the top band and results in hefty charges for business users. First-year VED (road tax) is also higher than for some rivals and Subaru’s warranty cover, while about average for the industry, is behind that of some key rivals.
Subaru XV hybrid insurance group
Whichever XV trim level you choose (SE or SE Premium) the hybrid receives a group 16 insurance rating (compared to the group 10 of a regular 1.6-litre petrol XV). This is a touch higher than some rivals – a Kia Niro Hybrid starts at group 12, with a top-spec Niro plug-in hybrid in group 15.
Subaru offers its regular three-year/60,000-mile warranty on the XV hybrid. This is fairly standard for the industry, but does fall behind rivals such as the Hyundai Kona Hybrid (five years/unlimited miles) and the Kia Niro (with the brand’s remarkable seven-year/100,000-mile warranty).
Subaru recommends oil and filter changes every year or 9,000 miles for the XV e-Boxer – whichever comes first. It also notes, however, that this vehicle may well be chosen for its ability to operate in adverse conditions, and so maintenance may be required sooner.
There’s no great first-year road-tax saving to be made with the XV e-Boxer, due to that 180g/km CO2 figure. That puts the car in the 171-190g/km band, and while the e-Boxer is classified as an 'alternative-fuel vehicle' by the government, that only bags you a £10 saving, for a total of £865 on first registration. Thankfully, as the XV doesn’t cross the £40,000 list-price threshold, your subsequent road-tax bills will only be £145 each year.
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 costs & insurance - currently readingAs it's not a plug-in hybrid and CO2 emissions are fairly high, Benefit-in-Kind for the XV hybrid may be more than expected, while warranty coverage is bested by some rivals
- 4Performance, engine & driveComposed 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, 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 pack beneath, but several rivals let you put more in there in the first place
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe XV hybrid has strong safety ratings, excellent preventative safety measures and pretty decent customer satisfaction ratings