The starting price is now $37,990 drive-away (base 2.0-litre, $34,600 drive-away, has been dropped, as have turbo petrol and diesel). The 2.5-litre four-cylinder is the sole engine and there are more advanced safety aids. The range tops out at $45,990 drive-away.
Subaru’s camera-based AEB, able to detect cyclists, pedestrians and brake lights, is standard across the range. In three of the four versions, a camera in the dash monitors the driver’s eye movement, a world first.
The 2.5-litre gets a makeover to boost power and torque and, Subaru claims, enhance fuel efficiency via the CVT’s seven preset ratios, previously six. It runs on regular unleaded.
New design from the ground up delivers bigger footprint and more sure-footed handling. Offroad clearance angles are sharper but ride height is unchanged. Turning circle is ever so slightly wider but most owners won’t notice.
Clean sheet enabled Subaru to push cabin and cargo space out to the margins. Even roomier, bigger luggage area yet it still has a full-size spare. Quality of materials is superior, as is infotainment (with addition of smartphone mirroring).
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