Subaru XV hybrid running costs
Disappointing 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
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2020/21 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 e-Boxer 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) costs are also higher than for some rivals and the extent of 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 e-Boxer 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 e-Boxer. 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 unimpressive 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 payment of £860 on first registration. Thankfully, as the XV doesn’t cross the £40,000 list-price threshold, your subsequent road-tax bills will only be £140 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 - currently readingDisappointing 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 & safetyThe XV e-Boxer has strong safety ratings, excellent preventative safety measures and a pretty decent Driver Power result