I recently had one of these as a work rental from Eurocar. I enjoyed the different feel and solid build quality. The CVT worked extremely well and the performance, while no rocket, was more than adequate. I think I may not have been used to the AWD or the wheelbase length but I found myself occasionally clipping the rear tyres as I went around corners like on roundabouts. Not a big issue just a slightly different driving style required.
Fuel consumption was about average. Not brilliant but not bad.
It felt refined and comfortable and I could easily live with it as a daily driver. Just seems a little on the expensive side if it was your cash that had to pay.
I say it once, I say it again. It’s the equivalent to a white good. A 4WD appliance with no flair or substance. Previous generations were much nicer cars. I would not touch any Subaru now.
You don’t seem to get it. Whitegood cars are what most people want to buy.
It’s why Toyota is the world’s number one auto manufacturer.
I understand clearly that it’s not what you want in a car but to say previous generations were nicer is merely a minority opinion.
I had a ’98 outback and it was a brilliant car.
I agree with Boom_Tish they have gone backwards. The current styling of the liberty range is awful.
Hey F150 can be considered as white goods, they are everywhere and no 1 pick up in the country.
DISLIKES no rear sensors , not an issue as it has a camera , rather
a camera any day, so much better , hey robin how about RVC on yesterdays falcon G6E , not likely yesterdays tech . .
G6E has had both since 2008. Idiot. Can’t help yourself dragging Falcon into it and then you get schooled yet again. This topic is about a Subaru, did you notice that ?
On topic I like the Liberty 3.6X, it cleverly combines the high driving position of the Outback with the sedan body style. Great concept.
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These have have shocking styling.Remember the svelte looking predessessers? Sube…..what have you done/
Nothin wrong with the looks IMHO….
It’s all relative I guess. Relative to whether or not you have sight/taste.
You’re in an extremely small minority.
We will see what the market says……
The market has already spoken and these sell in a fair degree smaller numbers than the previous generation.
Love the concept of these AWD wagons, just would prefer if Subaru finally cleaned up and refined the design language
I have a 2010 2.5l petrol outback which I purchased new. It’s very comfortable & apart from some hard plastics, the cabin is a nice place to be. It is a 6 speed manual and is quite economical for an AWD.
That’s the positive side. Let me say now that this is the worst car that I have ever owned. This is because of the following.
. The engine has absolutely no torque
. The gear change is terrible and makes my old 1973 4speed Torana feel smooth in comparison
. There is a rattle (I think the exhaust ) when the car is started, but the dealer cannot find or repair
. After approx 2000 km, there was a vibration & unusual sound which turned out to be a missing bolt in the driveline
. The high beam is woeful for a modern car
. It is extremely easy to flatten the battery as the headlights and interior lights do not have an automatic cut-off. This is a feature that the Commodore had over 10. Years ago.
. The volume control
Type your comment here….continuing on….
. The volume control on the steering wheel only works when it feels
like it……even though it has been replaced.
. It has the optional iPod connection is such an after thought that it is extremely hard to use
Have a premium diesel 2010 model, have had a blown turbo, and constant issues with particulate filter/engine warning lights. Great car when it works … but I suspect that the diesel engine has design problems based on incidence of engine problems posted on the net
you list the electronic parking brake as a plus – this feature has been a common reliability issue for subaru – until they sort out the reliability of it and cease leaving drivers and vehicles stranded, i consider it a negative attribute.