Subaru XV boxes clever

30 January 2020

SUBARU’S compact crossover XV now comes with a new hybrid option, the e-Boxer, which combines an electric motor with the standard Boxer engine plus four wheel drive.

The company claims that a re-design of the body and chassis endows the XV with improved safety and a more dynamic driving experience, incorporating EyeSight driver assist and rear vehicle detection across the range.

The XV e-Boxer combines Subaru’s unique 2.0-litre direct injection horizontally opposed petrol engine with an electric motor. A lithium-ion battery unit is mounted within the boot floor and allows for electric-only driving at speeds of up to 25mph for short distances. The heavy motor is placed near the vehicle's centre of gravity and the battery is positioned above the rear axle, which creates a better weight balance.

Boasting 220mm of ground clearance, plus four wheel drive and X-Mode to tackle extreme road conditions, the newcomer has a 1270kg towing capacity for trailers and horse boxes.

The EyeSight driver assist technology uses a pair of cameras mounted either side of the rear-view mirror.

They look for hazards up to 110 metres ahead and are linked to adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, pre-collision throttle management, lane sway and departure warning, lane keep assist and lead vehicle start alert.

In other words, in theory the vehicle can follow others without bumping into them, deviating from its lane, or being left behind when those ahead move off.

The rear vehicle detection system identifies vehicles approaching from the rear.

The XV e-Boxer is distinguished by a new front grille design with active grille shutter and new low-profile roof rails. The exterior gets other discreet upgrades including a new fog lamp bezel, the rear spoiler end plate finished in gloss black and an e-Boxer badge added to the wings and tailgate. Standard kit includes keyless entry and push button start system, LED headlights with automatic high beam activation, privacy glass on the rear windows and 18-inch alloy wheels across the range. 

Inside there is an eight-inch multifunction colour touchscreen that contains Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity. Dual zone air-conditioning, reversing camera and heated seats are also standard, with the option to upgrade to SE Premium to add leather seats, an eight-way power adjustable driver seat, satellite navigation and a sunroof.

Priced from £31,000, the XV e-Boxer is on sale from this week.