Subaru XV e-Boxer - Does Hybrid Power Add To Crossover's Appeal?
Auto Express|September 18, 2019
FIRST DRIVE AWD crossover benefits from Forester’s hybrid drive.
James Howe

The second-generation Subaru XV was launched in 2017, and is built on the Subaru Global Platform (SGP) that underpins the latest Forester. Until now, it’s only been available with petrol power, but this new hybrid e-Boxer version should boost its appeal.

The e-Boxer uses a 148bhp 2.0-litre flat-four, assisted by an electric motor. A small battery sits under the boot floor, and allows for pure-electric driving at speeds of up to 25mph. This lowers emissions and, in theory, improves fuel consumption.

Elsewhere, the latest XV’s fit and finish are solid and the materials used feel hardwearing but not utilitarian; the e-Boxer gets unique copper trim to set it apart inside, and it’s easy to find a great driving position.

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