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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

Overall rating

3.0 out of 5

Running costs & insurance rating

2.5 out of 5

Price
£30,140 - £32,140
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
Insurance groupWarrantyService interval2021/22 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
163yrs / 60,000 miles1yr / 9,000 milesFrom £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.

Warranty

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).

Servicing

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.

Road tax

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.

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