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Subaru XV Hybrid first drive Review Autocar

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Subaru XV Hybrid first review

What is it?

This is first-ever production hybrid, in Japan earlier this also on sale in the US and now under for the UK.

Subaru has taken the current XV crossover and converted it to hybrid by discreetly fitting an electric within the car’s Lineartronic CVT

At the back, beneath the boot sits a Sanyo nickel-metal battery pack and inverter all as one

Anyone looking to make a statement with the ‘Hybrid’ may be disappointed as to look at the XV hybrid is much standard issue.

In a new ‘Plasma Green Pearl’ colour identifies the XV Hybrid, at a So does a unique set of aluminum wheels. But that’s about it.

In the you’re getting just the degree of luggage space as per a XV so you could say this is a new green-themed XV compromises.

Under the bonnet lies iconic flat-four 2.0-litre here non turbo, and lightly to reduce friction. It’s for 148bhp and links to Subaru’s CVT which gets a 6-speed paddleshift, too.

Also is Subaru’s trademark Symmetrical thus giving the XV Hybrid a market edge on home

The motor itself is good for and the XV Hybrid clocks 54 mpg on Japan’s cycle.

That’s a 20 per cent over a comparable non-hybrid XV in and C02 emissions also reduce 147 to 122 g/km, making this greenest model yet.

is it like?


In Japan spec, the XV seems well set up for local conditions. That’s to say, urban-based driving at relatively low where the motor-assist hybrid and the electric motor in particular can do stuff.

At the press of a button, the Subaru’s engages with that whirring sound. As you drive, you the electric motor will cut in and out on demand and from standstill, you can run up to 20 mph on power alone, up to about one Naturally, stop/start is part of the too.

As set up for Japan, the XV hybrid is refined, with very low and mechanical noise. But there’s no EV mode that you can engage (as you can a Prius) and despite the Boxer 150ps, aided by the electric 13.6 ps, the car is not that fast or one say it, all that exciting.

Driven the XV is fine but for that sudden of overtaking acceleration, you really the lugging torque (258 of the UK’s XV Boxer diesel. the whining nose if the CVT on full is less than appealing at the wheel, the 6-speed paddleshift is sharp and precise.

You see, the XV Hybrid is relatively up to 150-160 kgs heavier than a non hybrid XV in the home market, and even than a UK XV diesel.

Subaru isn’t quoting any figures, 0-60 mph feels it would come up in around 9 Top speed? Maybe 120 mph at a push, but of performance is not what this car is all

Even so, it would be good to more incisive handling and feel at the wheel because in tune, the XV Hybrid is unmistakeably rolling easily on the onset of a and with vague over-centre at the wheel.

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While there’s of grip and traction and the XV’s travel suspension is unchanged for (ditto the high ground dynamically, it would surely some rethink for Europe.

So does it work? Well, the technology is seamless and well Inside, the instrumentation is clear and while the multi-function display the continual energy flow engine, motor and battery is fascinating.

But this gave us a read-out driving through and on the run out to Mt Fuji and back, so well on that headline mpg rating. In figures, there’s also a price premium for the Hybrid in so not for the first time, you have to pay to go green.

Should I buy one?

You not officially as yet in the UK, but in Japan, where is a kind of the fashion, the XV Hybrid Subaru a belated intro the hottest action in the market.

In the big this seems something of a low-risk entry into the world on Subaru’s part. in a way, is fair enough as Heavy, Subaru’s parent is relatively small with like the resources of a Toyota or

Tellingly, so far, Subaru is not the XV Hybrid and XV Boxer diesel by side in the same market. On the Hybrid has the better eco numbers and C02) although how well it be suited to the cut-and-thrust of the M25 and European conditions versus the diesel is matter.

Then again, this compact crossover 4WD and with Boxer engine also in situ, Subaru has unique in the market. You can definitely see the

While it might not be absolutely as as the latest crop of eco cars go (no battery, for example), it’s a new and welcome intro by Subaru as many of its cars do, is out there something different.

Subaru XV Hybrid

Price million (£16,762 approx); mph 9.0sec (set); Top speed (set); Economy 53.67 C02 122g/km; Kerb weight Engine 4 cyls, 1995 cc, hybrid; Power 148bhp at rpm (engine) 14bhp (electric Torque 145lb ft at 4200 Gearbox 6-speed Lineatronic CVT

Subaru XV Electric Cars
Subaru XV Electric Cars
Subaru XV Electric Cars
Subaru XV Electric Cars

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