Update - Subaru Liberty Review

Twenty years ago a small Japanese car company, Subaru, brought the Liberty (better known in other countries as Legacy) to Australia, since then the all-wheel-drive sedan and wagon has established a name for it self as one of the best Japanese family cars around.

Two decades later and into itse fifth generation, the MY10 Subaru Liberty will go on sale this week with a whole new look, increased safety, a new choice of engines and gearboxes, plus better fuel economy and lower emissions.

The new wagon is 65mm longer, 50mm wider, 65mm higher and the wheelbase is up 80mm meanwhile the sedan is 80mm longer and higher.

The soon to be released Liberty is based on a new platform and hence not only offers better safety, but also more room with a wider and longer cabin.

There is now a 30mm increase in width between the front seats and 68mm in length between the front and rear seats. Additionally rear legroom is up 99mm and rear shoulder room by 62mm.

2010 Subaru Liberty

Cabin space aside, there are a whole heap of new features as well including an ECO gauge to encourage more fuel efficient driving, Lineartronic CVT transmission and the introduction of a 3.6-litre horizontally opposed six-cylinder boxer engine, the biggest ever offered in a Liberty.

Although a five-star safety rating seems to be rather common these days, apart from dual front, side and curtain, the new Liberty goes the extra step with the addition of a driver’s knee airbag and an engine “cradle” that will fold to absorb energy in heavy frontal collisions.

Additional features include an electric parking brake across the range while dusk-sensing headlights, rain-sensing wipers, Keyless access and push button start  are available on premium variants. A reversing camera is also standard for all variants equipped with SatNav.

2010 Subaru Liberty

Prices start at $33,990 for the 2.5i and top of at $52,990 for the GT Premium, and while no variant has increased in price, some have actually dropped by as much as 7.8 per cent.

The 2.5-litre naturally aspirated engine has 123kW at 5600rpm and 229Nm at 4000rpm, while the turbocharged variant puts out 195kW at 5600rpm and 350Nm at 2400rpm. The range topping 3.6-litre engine, similar to the one found in the Tribeca, has 191kW and 350Nm.

CarAdvice will soon bring you a First Steer and Review of the new Subary Liberty range.

Fuel Efficiency:

Liberty 2.5i manual : 8.9L/100km

Liberty 2.5i CVT: 8.4L/100km

Liberty 2.5i GT manual: 9.8L/100km

Liberty 2.5i GT auto: 9.7L/100km

Liberty 3.6R auto-only: 10.3L/100km

Model feature list:

Liberty 2.5i

Safety

  • ABS anti-lock brakes with four-wheel discs and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Automatic transmission lock-out - need foot on brake, key in ignition “on” position, to release electronic parking brake
  • Brake Assist
  • Child seat anchor points
  • Curtain airbags – full length
  • Driver’s knee airbag
  • Dual front airbags
  • Dual front side airbags
  • Engine cradle – helps isolate the engine from the passenger cabin in heavy crash
  • Fog lights – front
  • Front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters. Double pretensioners on driver’s seatbelt
  • Hill start assist
  • Rear bumper reflectors
  • Rear door child lock
  • Seatbelt indicator lights – all seats
  • Side intrusion bars
  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
  • Three-point A/ELR rear centre seatbelt
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control electronic stability program

Interior

  • Climate control air conditioning – dual zone
  • Cargo area light
  • Cargo security blind – wagon only
  • Centre-through rear seat - sedan only
  • Cup holders
  • Electric parking brake
  • Height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Height adjustable driver’s seat
  • Immobiliser security system
  • Leather trim gear shift (manual)
  • Lineartronic CVT transmission option
  • Map lights (2)
  • Leather steering wheel with audio and cruise control buttons
  • MP3/WMA compatible audio system
  • Multi-function trip computer
  • Paddle shift gear change (auto)
  • Power steering, mirrors and windows
  • Rear illumination LED instrument display
  • Rear seats auto fold function in wagons
  • Rear seats recline function in wagons
  • Remote central locking
  • Remote fuel lid release
  • Seatback storage nets
  • Six-speed manual transmission option
  • Six-stacker in-dash CD player, MP3/WMA, AUX jack with six speakers
  • Sports seats
  • Two remote central locking keys
  • Vanity mirror
  • 60/40 split/fold rear seat – wagon only

Exterior

  • 17-inch alloy wheels – large steel temporary spare
  • Chrome-surround grille
  • Colour-coded mirrors and door handles
  • Headlights auto off
  • Privacy glass (rear)
  • Rear roof spoiler – wagon only
  • Rear wiper – wagon only

Other features

  • DataDot security technology
  • Electronic throttle control
  • Sedan auto boot release on key; unlock tailgate on wagon
  • Three-year unlimited kilometre warranty
  • 2.5 litre SOHC horizontally opposed boxer engine - 123 Kilowatts of power at 5600 rpm and 229 Newtonmetres of torque at 4000 rpm.

Liberty 2.5i Premium adds:

  • Electric sunroof
  • Leather trim
  • Lineartronic CVT-only
  • Power driver seat – eight-way adjustable with dual memory and lumbar support
  • Rear air vents

Liberty 2.5i Premium with SatNav adds:

  • Bluetooth enabled with voice recognition
  • DVD/CD player (single disc)
  • Reversing camera
  • Satellite navigation - factory fitted
  • Three-pin RCA jack

Liberty 2.5i Sports adds (to 2.5i):

  • Alloy pedals
  • Bilstein suspension
  • Carbon fibre-type dashboard and door trim highlights
  • Leather door trim inserts
  • Lineartronic CVT-only
  • Sports bumper and grille
  • Xenon HID self-levelling low-beam headlights with washers
  • 18-inch alloy wheels - full size steel temporary spare

Liberty 2.5i Sports Premium adds (to 2.5i Sports):

  • Electric sunroof
  • Leather trim
  • Power driver’s seat – eight-way adjustable with dual memory and electronic lumbar support

Liberty 2.5i Sports Premium with SatNav adds:

  • Bluetooth enabled
  • DVD/CD (single disc)
  • McIntosh sound system
  • Power passenger seat
  • Reversing camera
  • Rear vents
  • Satellite navigation - factory fitted
  • Three-pin RCA jack

Liberty 2.5i GT Premium with SatNav:

  • Alloy pedals
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Choice of five-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission
  • Dual exhaust
  • Dusk-sensing headlights – auto on/off
  • DVD/CD (single disc)
  • Electric sunroof
  • Engine cover
  • Leather trim
  • McIntosh sound system
  • Power driver’s seat – eight-way adjustable - and electronic lumbar support
  • Power passenger seat
  • Rain-sensing auto windscreen wipers
  • Rear air vents
  • Reversing camera
  • Satellite navigation - factory fitted
  • SI-Drive
  • Smart key access and push button start
  • Sports front bumper and grille
  • Three-pin RCA jack
  • Turbocharged engine produces 195kW of power at 5600 rpm and 350 Newtonmetres of torque at 2400 rpm
  • Xenon HID headlights with washers
  • 18-inch alloy wheels - full size steel temporary spare

Liberty 3.6R Premium with SatNav (sedan-only):

  • Bluetooth enabled
  • DVD/CD (single disc)
  • Dual exhaust
  • Dusk-sensing headlights – auto on/off
  • Electric sunroof
  • Engine cover
  • Five-speed automatic transmission-only
  • Leather trim
  • McIntosh sound system
  • Power driver’s seat – eight-way adjustable - and electronic lumbar support
  • Power passenger seat
  • Rain-sensing auto windscreen wipers
  • Rear air vents
  • Reversing camera
  • Satellite navigation - factory fitted
  • SI-Drive
  • Smart key access and push button start
  • Six-cylinder engine produces 191 kW of power at 5600 rpm and 350 Nm at 4400 rpm.
  • Three-pin RCA jack
  • Wood-type dashboard and door highlights
  • Xenon HID headlights with washers
  • 18-inch alloy wheels - full size steel temporary spare

Pricing (all manufacturer recommended price):

Liberty 2.5i manual sedan $33,990

Liberty 2.5i Lineartronic CVT sedan $36,490

Liberty 2.5i manual wagon $35,990

Liberty 2.5i Lineartronic CVT wagon$38,490

Liberty 2.5i Sports Lineartronic CVT sedan$39,490

Liberty 2.5i Sports Lineartronic CVT Premium sedan$43,490

Liberty 2.5i Sports Premium Lineartronic CVT SatNav sedan$46,990

Liberty 2.5i Sports Lineartronic CVT wagon $41,490

Liberty 2.5i Sports Lineartronic CVT Premium wagon $45,490

Liberty 2.5i Sports Premium Lineartronic CVT SatNav wagon $48,990

Liberty 2.5i Premium Lineartronic CVT sedan $39,990

Liberty 2.5i Premium Lineartronic CVT SatNav sedan$42,490

Liberty 2.5i Premium Lineartronic CVT wagon $41,990

Liberty 2.5i Premium Lineartronic CVT SatNav wagon$44,490

Liberty 2.5 GT Premium manual SatNav sedan$52,990

Liberty 2.5 GT Premium auto SatNav sedan$54,990

Liberty 2.5 GT Premium manual SatNav wagon$54,990

Liberty 2.5 GT Premium auto SatNav wagon$56,990

Liberty 3.6R Premium auto SatNav sedan$51,990