BBC Autos Subaru versus the volcano

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Subaru versus the volcano

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But the automaker has more on the mind mere miles per gallon. a Subaru, the gasoline-electric Crosstrek was to perform at least as well as its counterpart when the going got

To that end, the company a fleet of these little-engines-that-could and a of adventurous motoring writers to a and adventurous moonscape of snow icy rivers, jagged rocks and threat of volcanic eruption. whose inhabitants know a or two about self-sufficient energy, is a playground in which to drive Matchbox cars.

Notwithstanding of Range Rover Hybrids. average hybrid driver is to ford an ice-choked river, down a snowy gully or up the side of a rime-encrusted small Subaru merely wants you to that its gasoline-electric XV could those feats when upon. The car’s developers over the owners’ manuals of hybrid crossover vehicles, of which warn against off pavement at all.

Until our pint-size convoy of encountered ugly weather, cars blowing tires on of volcanic debris and bogging in the deep, snowy ruts of our vehicles (Land Rovers and Land Cruisers, locally to handle the terrain), the hybrids living up to their maker’s Reviewing the non-hybrid XV Crosstrek winter, BBC Autos’ Jonathan challenged the crossover to a blizzard, and the car Crosstrek Hybrid v Iceland more mixed but more results.

I’ve driven some extreme conditions gritty river beds in ice-slicked roads in Alaska, byways in Morocco, downtown and none of it could compare to the XV Crosstrek Hybrid up and into the of an Icelandic volcano in white-out

The wind kicked up while my kept the throttle pedal to the just to maintain forward through the maelstrom. My driving would shout “To the “Go right!” “I it’s straight!?” when the squall abated and we were for a second or two, visibility. cars became stuck, drivers having to radio for a from our medically trained guides.

No real danger itself, but when our group recounted the adventure from less raw confines, a number of us thoughts of survivalist scenarios cannibalism.

In the run-up to that session, things had not looked As the guides contemplated how we would a looming ridge, the snow deeper and wind gusts the stationary cars. Through uncertainty, my favourite feature of the became its heated seats, of an all-weather package that heated exterior mirrors and a wiper de-icer also used.

Not long after we began our mortality amid the frozen over the ridge it came: a tractor with huge on its front and rear. The cavalry had but the horse was in need of new footwear, so we stationary for nearly an hour a group struggled to get chains the tractor’s massive tires. The sun set as we waited.

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Making their push, in the pitch darkness of local time, over the volcanic hill and through a of slush, the Crosstreks had compressed a of winter trauma into one

Yes, the ambitious itinerary man and machine, but the Crosstrek Hybrid itself well, its powertrain’s torque of 163 pound-feet proving to pull the car up gravelly grades at low Large ruts from the wheels tested the strut-type and double-wishbone rear suspension, but the 8.7in ground clearance excellent forward visibility, and was of importance passing over of vikur (solidified lava). An improvement over the non-hybrid came in the Hybrid’s interior, engine drone was tamped by engineers after buyers and complained. Under Iceland’s conditions, however, fuel the motivating factor for hybrid was nigh on impossible to verify. automaker rates its hybrid at in urban and 33mpg in highway

The hatchback’s compact size, to the company’s Outback and Forester appeals to hybrid owners, who not tend to congregate in metropolitan When it arrives in US showrooms this month, some may grate, such as the low-quality console and a rudimentary digital of the engine-battery function, which so frequently it could induce Another potential sore is the battery’s air intake a vent to the rear-passenger seat on the driver’s which draws in cabin air to the battery pack.

A weekend warrior would be to place a sleeping bag over it.

But the of superlatives for the XV Crosstrek Hybrid is longer. Subaru claims to built the most fuel all-wheel-drive hybrid on the market, and a pricing perspective, the closest SUV, the Toyota Highlander costs $14,000 more in the US. It all to make this XV the least smallest and lightest hybrid SUV with an additional 300lbs for and other hybrid components and the only one outside of a Range Hybrid (which is not even for North American sales) you ever consider taking

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