Subaru XV SUV (2012-2017) - MPG, running costs & CO2

The Subaru XV diesel will work out cheaper if you cover a lot of miles

Carbuyer Rating

3.3 out of 5

MPG, running costs & CO2 Rating

2.9 out of 5

SUVs and crossovers are getting more economical with each generation, so the Subaru XV needs to remain strong in that area in order to succeed. It’s not bad, but not good enough to be a class leader. The warranty offered is impressive, however the lack of fixed-price servicing will be a concern for careful budgeters.

Subaru XV MPG & CO2

In terms of fuel economy and emissions, the Subaru XV’s 145bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine is a bit of a mixed bag. It returns 52mpg and emits 141 grams of CO2 per kilometre, which means a range of up to 670 miles between fill-ups and a £145 annual road tax bill. The Mitsubishi ASX 2.0-litre diesel returns a similar 48.7mpg and also features four-wheel drive. If that's not necessary, the 1.6-litre two-wheel-drive diesel Nissan Qashqai does around 58mpg.

The 2.0-litre petrol model of the Subaru returns 43.5mpg fuel economy and emits 151g/km of CO2 with a manual gearbox, while the Lineartronic CVT automatic version manages the same. If you plan on covering big miles, the diesel model will prove cheaper in the long run, otherwise the lower purchase price of the petrol version makes it a better option for those who drive less than 10,000 miles a year.

Insurance group

The XV’s insurance groupings range from 21 to 27, which is quite high compared to its rivals. Certain versions of the Mitsubishi ASX are rated as low as group 13, for example.


Subaru provides a five-year/100,000-mile warranty on all its cars – better than the common three-year/60,000-mile cover of many of its rivals. The Mitsubishi ASX and Hyundai Tucson also come with five-year warranties, however.


Subaru doesn’t offer any fixed-price servicing plans at the moment, so dealer service prices can vary. That’s not helped by the fact that there aren’t that many Subaru dealers about.

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