X fac­tor

Herald Sun - Motoring - - First Drive -

On higher-speed twists, the steer­ing loses some point and feels slightly re­mote, though there isn’t ex­ces­sive yaw or lean, and the rack rat­tle over sur­face im­per­fec­tions is a com­mon Subaru trait. Con­sid­er­ing we max out here at 110km/h, the car will never feel the detri­ment of re­duced down­force due to its longer legs.

We avoid the rev- and pow­er­lim­it­ing frugal mode with the mis­nomer of In­tel­li­gent. Cruis­ing in Sport mode or climb­ing hills in Sport Sharp, the engine re­sponds with a lin­ear boost and that typ­i­cal boxer thrum. Sec­ond and third gears are tall, it’s not a slip­pery de­sign, yet we bet­tered the claimed fuel fig­ure of 10.3L/100km by 0.5L.

But the best as­pect of the Lib­erty X af­ter a week­end spent snow­board­ing— or learn­ing not to fall over— is its ease of ac­cess. It’s a re­lief to be able to slide a sore body into and out of the lofty Lib­erty’s leather seats with ease.

VER­DICT

An Out­back for peo­ple who want more than an Out­back.

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