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2015. - Production 2013. -
J - SUV Vehicle class J - SUV
suv, 5 door Body style suv, 5 door
Front Wheel drive 4 x 4
Dimensons & Volumes
4295 mm
Length 4450 mm
1773 mm
Width 1780 mm
1605 mm
Height 1570 mm
453 liters
Boot (min) 380 liters
1026 liters
Boot (max) 1270 liters
50 liters
Fuel tank 60 liters
1.6 i-DTEC
Diesel Fuel Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Boxer, 4 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Turbo
1597 cc
Displacement 1998 cc
120 hp
Power 150 hp
300 Nm
Torque 350 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1324 kg
Vehicle weight 1390 kg
10.1 s
Acc. 0-100 9.3 s
192 km/h
Top speed 198 km/h
4.2 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 6.8 l/100km
3.8 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.0 l/100km
4.0 l/100km
Cons. (average) 5.6 l/100km
104 g/km
CO2 emissions 146 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
Vehicle weight kg
Acc. 0-100 s
Top speed km/h
Cons. (urban) l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
CO2 emissions g/km
20490 EUR
Price from 22990 EUR
Virtual Adviser's™ opinion


Two significantly similar cars, no doubt about that. Still, each one has something different to offer. Having both cars powered by diesel engines and utilizing the 5-door suv body style within the same 'SUV' segment, the only major difference here really is their wheel drive configuration (front for the Honda and 4 x 4 in the case of the Subaru). The first one has a Honda-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 120hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 150hp engine designed by Subaru.


Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the same number of safety stars gained in the process. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the suv segment, which is generally a very good thing safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. On the other hand, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, Subaru XV offers a marginal difference of 5% more metal.


I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Honda as a brand displays somewhat better results, all the models observed together. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of Honda with an average rating of 4.7, and models under the Subaru badge with 4.6 out of 5. Unfortunatelly, I don't have enough insight that would allow me to comment in more details on the specific models level. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as HR-V rank it on average as 5.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.7 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Subaru is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.8 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 198 kilometers per hour, 6km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be HR-V, averaging around 4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (71 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 40% difference compared to Subaru XV.


Honda appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, Subaru XV offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. It all continues in the same direction, with Subaru offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... I believe that, when we take all into account, we have only one winner here - the Honda. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser™, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.
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