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Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid S AWD SUV 2023 Review

Crosstrek Hybrid – Last week I drove the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid in the top spec ‘S’ model. It’s a small to medium sized hatchback SUV style that looks ready for adventure.

Subaru released the Crosstrek earlier this year and it quickly became a standout in the segment.

Some of the thing I like most are:

The Crosstrek Hybrid comes with a 2.0L petrol boxer petrol engine with a 4.8 amp hour battery. It provides a little extra power and torque and improves economy by about 10%

Subaru Crosstrek gives buyers a choice of three different models with the normal boxer engine or two models with the hybrid e-boxer engine. Pricing is from a little under $40,000 through to about $50,000 drive away depending on the model.

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Readers can find full details of the Crosstrek Hybrid HERE 


More Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid details

e-Boxer mild hybrid system and transmission

Hybrid Crosstrek variants feature Subaru’s hybrid electric power unit system that combines Motor Assist with two of Subaru’s core technologies – Boxer engine and Symmetrical AWD.

The electric motor is placed near the vehicle’s centre of gravity, while the battery and other components are placed above the rear axle, allowing the lowest possible centre of gravity and balanced front/rear vehicle weight distribution.

The system includes a 2.0-litre direct injection petrol Boxer engine, an electric motor inbuilt in the rear of the CVT, and a 118.4-volt battery placed under the rear cargo floor.

A prime benefit of an electric motor is its ability to produce elevated levels of torque instantaneously, providing enhanced driveability and engagement. Motor Assist helps enhance X-Mode’s rough road capability, for example, by enabling easy torque control at low speeds over tough terrain.

All-new Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid variants, which feature the e-Boxer engine, are equipped with the TH580 Lineartronic® CVT with 7-speed manual mode.

Subaru Crosstrek S Hybrid specific features

Crosstrek AWD Hybrid L




Entertainment, Technology and Safety

Crosstrek AWD Hybrid S adds:




Entertainment, Technology and Safety

More Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid S thoughts

What is good?

  • AWD capability
  • Technology and Infotainment connectivity
  • Comfortable to live with

What is not so good?

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Smaller Hybrid SUVs for the urban environment are becoming popular.

Buyers could look at: Toyota C-HR Hybrid, Kia Niro hybrid, Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid, Haval Jolion Hybrid, MG HS,

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid S final thoughts

I like the Subaru Crosstrek. Perfect size for an adventure based urban AWD SUV.

As this is a hybrid, I was looking for more fuel benefits, but its good for a mild hybrid.

The Crosstrek hybrid ‘S’ model is packed with features and is easy to drive and live with.

There is a hefty $3500 price premium over the petrol version. That’s a lot of fuel I could buy.

Subaru Crosstrek


Crosstrek Hybrid S

Model Price $45.090 MLP*
Engine 2.0L 4 Cyl e-boxer petrol hybrid
Drivetrain 7 Step Lineartronic CVT AWD
Battery Capacity / type 4.8ah
Power 110Kw @ 5,800 – 6,000 rpm
Torque 199Nm @ 4,000 rpm 66Nm EV
Fuel ADR 6.5L/100km Euro 6
Fuel on Test 7.2 L/100k
Fuel capacity 48L
Range (WLTP) / efficiency 800km Max
Realistic range 725km on test
Fast Charge / Home (240V) N/A
Safety N/A
CO2 Emissions 147g/km
0-100kmh/Top Speed 10.5 secs / 199km/h
Servicing 12 Mth / 15,000km – Capped
Warranty 5yr/ Unlimited km
Roadside Assist 5Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 9
Performance 8
Ride and Handling 9
Practicality 10
Fit for Purpose 9
Style / appeal 8
Technology/connectivity 10
Value for Money 8


 Crosstrek hybrid S

Overall Length 4495mm
Wheelbase 2670mm
Width 1800mm
Height 1600mm
Wheels 18 X 7.0 Alloy
Tyres 225/55 R18
Max ground clearance Up to 220mm
Wading Depth N/A
Approach N/A
Rampover N/A
Departure angle N/A
Turning Circle KTK 10.8m
Boot Capacity Min 315L
Boot capacity Max 1270L
Battery Weight N/A
Kerb Weight 1614kg
Payload (kg) TBA
GVM (kg) TBA
Towing Capacity 1,270kg
Tow Ball rating 127kg

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