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.
An Outback for people who want more than an Outback.