Subaru XV e-boxer 2019 CC comment

Minor electrification offers small improvements in efficiency and responsiveness, but the quirky Subaru XV remains a left-field choice. This is the new Subaru XV e-boxer and, unfortunately, there are no grip points for guessing what that little 'E' can stand for. Pretty much everyone manufacturer under the sun, making the transition to electrification is not surprising that the Japanese Stars and Stripes brand followed suit. It may not have been as quick of a thinker, but it sure doesn't have the Volkswagen Group's arsenal of resources (or its market share, for that matter) to call upon. Speaking of Volkswagen, ever since Dieselgate effectively stripped the Subaru XV of its oil-powered engine, it's a car that's been an easy target for criticism too. Not only are the remaining 1,6 and 2,0-litre normally aspirated diesel boxer engines particularly asthmatic, but paired with a CVT gearbox and Subaru's brand of symmetrical all-wheel drive system meant they weren't particularly refined or fuel efficient either. Of course, the XV was - and still is - stable, safe and comfortable enough on the road; and it is even far more convenient from him than in the average ATEK place. But the aforementioned shortcomings, ultimately, it meant not to cut the proverbial mustard in the context of a wider class.

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