Is it really worth that extra $$$?
**This review is based on the eBoxer Hybrid model**
We had just recently became a family and good ol’ mum bought us one of these newly released eBoxer Hybrid models.
We all know hybrids are suppose to be more environmentally friendly because it uses less fuel and therefore less emissions but did Subaru just slap a hybrid badge on to lure more environmentalists into purchasing one of these models? Possibly.
Some hybrids you can charge at a charge station, the eBoxer charges whenever you apply the brakes and is then stored and used when you ...stop at the lights or drive at a slow pace. I’ll start on the aesthetics. Colour wise, we were giving the exclusive “Lagoon Blue”, only available to the Hybrid versions. It’s a very eye catching blue and if you purchase the paint protection, the paint will last for years to come. There are no new features to this if you compare it to the petrol only version. The corners of the back bumpers are plastic. For me, it’s a bit of an odd addition but this could be a matter of replacing the whole bumper or just the plastic if you backed into someone’s tow bar.
Bought the XV new from local dealer July 2019. Test drove their demo model first, couldn't find any faults. BUT, my car has what seems to be typical Subaru CVT issues. If there was such a thing as kangaroo petrol, I've got it. The car very quickly exhibited jerky acceleration, would shudder when going around 60kmh. Took it back to the dealer, who told me it will settle down. Wrote to Subaru who deftly shunted me sideways to the dealer, whose last words to me were 'drive it hard'. Now the behaviour has shifted to not so subtle roughness when accelerating, so still faulty. It's a real shame, because otherwise it's not bad a s a compact SUV. Total travelled is 7K. I drive our other car in preference to the XV. Won't repeat hit purchase.
Purchased in July 2019 for $39,000.00.
2018 XV L great car so far
My wife changed over from a 2010 Forestor, and is very happy with the XV experience. Took a little while to get used to the new generation controls and work out what features she wanted to use.
Recently completed a Melb > Sydney return trip in it. Very comfortable over long distances with very good fuel economy.
Found the start stop feature annoying at first when we go to the city, but found it was easily controlled by easing off brake pressure when stopped, the the motor keeps running. Or just switch it off on the dash. Most of our...driving is regional. CVT seems to loom large in peoples mind, and i was interested to see what it is like. We really dont notice it in normal operation. Seems a very competent car and build quality is way better than competitors.
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Practical, Safe rugged car
I am now on my sixth Subaru. From the Sportswagon, two Foresters, and Impreza, and Outback and now a 2018 XV. I've had nothing but reliability. No Subaru has ever let me down or cost me a fortune. The XV is the best car ever. The Safety tech ad creature features are just amazing.
I have only ever got these cars serviced once a year, on their birthday, by the dealer. I do about 10Km per year. 80% in town, the rest off-road. I don't do mods to them, just add some amateur radios and antennae. Go Subaru!
Fantastic.. so much fun to drive. This is my 4th Subaru and I wont buy anything else, each one has surpassed the last. the vehicle is comfortable and roomy with all the options you could want. Most complaints I see are that they are short on power. Drive it like you stole it...... that's how they like to be driven. If you keep the revs up, there is plenty of power there for a 4 cylinder / 2 litre vehicle.
Excellent value, great to drive and economical
The interior is well planned, spacious and has quality features. The driving position and vision are exceptional. I am getting 5-6L/100km for highway driving and 7-8L/100km for urban driving. Steering is light and responsive. Eyesight features like adaptive cruise control and safety warnings are impressive. Very happy with my choice.
Questions & Answers
What is the difference between g4x and g5x?
Is the boot design differently? I have someone giving me a cargo boot mat which fit the g4x model. Can it be used in my xv 2020?
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|Category||Small / Compact SUVs|
|Transmission||Continuously Variable (CVT)|
|Drive Type||All Wheel Drive (AWD)|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||7 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||63 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.0L|
|Max Power||115kW @ 6000rpm|
|Max Torque||196Nm @ 4000rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Japan|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||1,400 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||650 kg|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)|
|Ground Clearance||220 mm|
|Release date||June 2017|
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