Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 4.7 - 4.8 mpp
Hybrid petrol engines 4.8 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 35.3 - 35.7 mpg
Hybrid petrol engines 35.7 mpg
  • Many rival cars cheaper to run
  • No diesel, hybrid or pure electric help
  • Safety systems mean cheap insurance

The biggest issue here is the engine line-up. Neither use turbocharging for added efficiency nor is there an economical diesel, so the XV was always going to struggle.

According to early value figures supplied by CAP, a Subaru XV in 1.6i SE Lineartronic form with 50,000 miles on the clock should be worth £9,150, which means it’s worth 36.6% of its new (as of February 2018) list price of £24,995. This is largely in line with industry-average expectations for a car in this market sector.

Servicing and maintenance costs shouldn’t be too bad unless you’ve got a long journey to find a dealer.

With CO2 emissions of 157g/km and a claimed fuel economy figure of 35.3mpg for the 1.6, nearly every rival car has something to beat the Subaru XV when it comes running costs. Subaru has been moving away from the use of diesel engines since 2018, but there will be the increased use of mild hybrid technology across the range in the coming future.

Subaru Forester XV 2017 e-Boxer rear badge

Figures for the e-Boxer are yet to be published, but fuel consumption is expected to improve on the outgoing 2.0-litre petrol engine by 10%. That said, we doubt this would be higher than the now-defunct NEDC figure of 40.9mpg


  • Simply not an issue with Subaru
  • Company famed for building strong cars
  • Previous XV subjected to one recall

Let’s not beat around the bush here: you can expect the Subaru XV’s reliability to be exceptional. The company has countless facts detailing how dependable its cars are, but probably the most impressive is that over 95% of its cars are still on the road and working after 10 years. 

There have been no recalls made for this model so far and even the previous model was subjected to just one recall – relating to the brake lights not operating properly.

Subaru Forester XV 2017 e-Boxer rear tailgate

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £155 - £165
Insurance group 10 - 16
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