When Subaru’s XV Hybrid and Forester Hybrid launch in Australia in March, they will both combine a 2.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor to become the most fuel-efficient members of their respective SUV ranges – but that won’t be enough to put them on the same penny-pinching level as their key rivals.
According to the Green Vehicle Guide, the XV Hybrid’s claimed fuel consumption is 6.5 litres per 100 kilometres on the combined-cycle test (ADR 81/02). Comparatively, the 2.0-litre petrol engine-only XV drinks 7.0L/100km.
The Forester Hybrid fares better in this regard, however, with its fuel consumption set at 6.7L/100km, representing a much larger improvement over its 2.5-litre petrol engine-only counterpart, which returns 8.1L/100km.
If you’re thinking going petrol-electric usually yields better fuel-efficiency gains than the above, you’d be right, as Toyota’s similarly self-charging hybrid system has long set the standard in that area, with Subaru trying to match it.