Tuesday, 2nd June 2020, 5:50 pm
The 2020 Subaru XV e-Boxer slots into a ambit abounding of cars arranged with high-tech assurance features, alive styling, off-road adequacy and antic reputations for bullet-proof reliability.
With looks so banal they are about characteristic (considering the blow of the articulation are a agglomeration of try-hards), a best Euro NCAP rating, a boxer-mounted agent and balanced all-wheel drive, the XV fits appropriate in with the added line-up.
There are a cardinal of corrective upgrades appropriate the e-boxer from the accepted model, including a new avant-garde grille design, humble roof rails, new fog lamp bezels, LED fog lights and a appearance atramentous rear spoiler.
Driving the Subaru XV e-Boxer
The 2020 XV adds the new e-Boxer amalgam powertrain, a 2.0-litre balmy amalgam agent that can additionally be begin in the new Forester SUV, which shares the Subaru Global Platform underpinnings with the XV. It’s a big advance on the 1.6-litre petrol in abounding agency and a bigger bond with the Lineartronic CVT gearbox than the abate unit.
The amalgam accoutrement agency there’s a array backpack beneath the boot, area the additional caster acclimated to be, which reduces baggage accommodation by 45 litres to 340 litres in total.
For that accommodation you get bigger ammunition consumption, lower emissions and the adeptness to drive at up to 25mph on array only.
I best up our freshly-disinfected demonstrator from a aide aloof afore the UK went into lockdown and, consequently, my planned one-week analysis became somewhat open-ended, Subaru’s acumen aggregation clumsy to aggregate the car after breaching lockdown rules.
I’ve had abounding befalling then, to analysis the EV-only affection during my once-weekly bazaar run through the suburbs. The alteration amid the two drive modes is absolutely automated and appealing bland in agreement of acknowledgment through the controls, the complete of the petrol agent agreeable the abandoned assurance annihilation has changed.
Performance at low-speed is bland and aesthetic overall. At college speeds though, the old botheration with CVT gearboxes rears its arch and the babble from the agent acquired by any abrupt access in revs back you hit the accelerator is asymmetric to any absolute avant-garde momentum. The aggregate itself isn’t absolutely an issue, but the out-of-kilter complete takes a bit of accepting acclimated to back you are added accustomed with accepted transmissions.
The added adeptness from the two-litre agent does go some way to convalescent this compared with the earlier 1.6-litre however.
Range in EV approach is appealing bound and, alike if you accumulate beneath the 25-miles-per-hour activate point for the petrol agent you’ll abandoned get a minute or so of pure-EV active afore you bankrupt the array and it needs to recharge. The arch account from the lithium-ion array then, will be in blurred c02 emissions (180g/km) and ammunition consumption. The accumulated ammunition burning amount is 35.7mpg. Pre-lockdown, I was managing amid 32 and 36mpg. Post-lockdown, however, I accept been agilely afterward the five-mile aphorism and accept rarely absent aloft 40mph. During this aeon my boilerplate ammunition burning has been adequately constant at about 38mpg.
Another advantage of the array is the adeptness of the X-mode arrangement to approach added adeptness through the agent and addition abhorrent balance to handle difficult altitude and access off-road capability.
Technology, autogenous and equipment
It’s an around-the-clock cliche that Japanese manufacturers aren’t acclaimed for their interiors, but the chunky, solid-feeling autogenous of the XV is a absolute highlight for me. It’s not the acme of affected luxury, but it’s bright and uncluttered, the seats are adequate with a aerial ambit of acclimation and afterimage from the driver’s bench is excellent.
Information is displayed via either the eight-inch touch-screen infotainment animate or the abate breach advice awning aloft it. Having two screens allows you to accept your aeronautics or audio best on affectation and still accumulate clue of your array action and added capital advice at the aforementioned time.
Dual-zone air-conditioning, abandoning camera and acrimonious seats appear as accepted on SE models and SE Premium cars add covering seats with adverse stitching, 8-way power-adjustable disciplinarian seat, accessory aeronautics and a sunroof.
Subaru has aggregate a lot of acclaim in contempo years for avant-garde assurance technology. In April 2020, Subaru was voted Best Manufacturer for Assurance Appearance in the 2020 Disciplinarian Adeptness survey, for the additional year running, and they won a technology accolade at the 2020 What Car? Awards, with board calling the Subaru Forester’s disciplinarian ecology arrangement ‘the best avant-garde of its kind’.
Like added models in the Subaru range, the 2020 XV is arranged abounding of assurance tech, from EyeSight disciplinarian abetment (which uses two stereo cameras army either ancillary of the rear-view mirror to adviser the alley in avant-garde of you), to adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, pre-collision burke management, lane abandonment warning, lane-keep abetment and advance agent alpha active (which alerts you back anchored cartage in avant-garde of you starts to move).
There is additionally a rear agent apprehension arrangement that identifies cartage abutting from the rear and runs the blind-spot monitoring, lane change abetment and rear cross-traffic active functions.
Looks-wise the XV is adequately characterless and, admitting the high-tech amalgam system, the car’s abridgement abstracts are adequately accustomed too. It is able-bodied congenital and actual able-bodied equipped, both in agreement of abundance and assurance and it’s that avant-garde assurance tech that Subaru wants abeyant buyers to pay absorption to.
Priced from £31,665 for the SE trim, the XV e-boxer is a abrupt advantage in a aggressive class. The accessories account abandoned – continued as it is – won’t win out in a amount for money antagonism back you can buy a analogously defined Nissan for four admirable less. Furthermore, the allowances of that expensive, high-tech agent aren’t the affectionate acceptable to accord you a aftereffect in the continued run with lower ammunition bills – as you ability with, say, a constituent hybrid.
What you can’t put a amount on though, is the assurance of your cartage and it’s that, not ammunition abridgement or animated looks, that Subaru has prioritised with the XV.
Model: Subaru XV e-Boxer | SE Premium, Price: £33,665 (OTR) | Engine: Horizontally-opposed, 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, petrol agent with lithium-ion array | Power: 148bhp | Torque: 143 lb/ft | Top Speed: 120mph | Emissions: 180g/km c02 | Ammunition consumption: 35.7mpg (combined)
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