With techno wiz­ardry

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that is in­cluded; sat nav, cruise con­trol, key­less en­try, push but­ton start, ABS and yes, my new favourite a re­vers­ing cam­era.

Never used to rate them but now I want one— bad.

My favourite fea­ture was the Eye­Sight sys­tem, es­sen­tially an avoid­ance, crash mit­i­ga­tion sys­tem.

The amaz­ing thing about it is that should an un­think­ing driver pull out in front of you the sys­tem de­tects it and the ve­hi­cle au­to­mat­i­cally be­gins to slow down!

When it first hap­pens it can be a lit­tle dis­con­cert­ing but it doesn’t take long to get used to and is a bucket load of fun.

For me it was pos­i­tively cathar­tic, it proved to be so much fun that when the ve­hi­cle started slow­ing down au­to­mat­i­cally, I found my­self for the first time ever, not curs­ing the un­born chil­dren of drivers un­able to drive to the speed limit.

It also has the clever, in­tu­itive ACC (Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol) — when en­gaged an im­age ap­pears on a sec­ond screen that is em­bed­ded in the dash, this also dou­bles as a LDW (Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing).

I was con­stantly switch­ing it on in 40, 60 and 70 zones around the city, just to let it weave its thrilling magic.

When de­tect­ing slow mov­ing traf­fic in front of you it au­to­mat­i­cally safely re­duces speed to in­crease the dis­tance be­tween your­self and the ‘‘of­fend­ing’’ ve­hi­cle in front.

This great ve­hi­cle can al­most drive it­self— bril­liant.

At night the in­te­rior and dash are some­thing else al­to­gether.

Nearly del­i­cate in qual­ity with the soft glow of all the di­als and but­tons, safely en­sconc­ing one in the cabin — felt like a fighter pi­lot on a night time sor­tie over down­town Bagh­dad.

It also has good-look­ing su­per bright day-time run­ning lights that nicely ac­cen­tu­ate the head­lights.

One of my favourite bits of bi­tu­men in Dar­win is the gen­tly sweep­ing bend into McMinn Street, coming off the bridge op­po­site Toy­ota when in­bound.

If there is no traf­fic wait­ing at the in­ter­sec­tion you can ‘‘take’’ it at speed and this is ex­actly what I did, al­most as fast as in my XR6 and with nary a hint of body roll.

It’s also a fast ve­hi­cle with plenty of get up and go mak­ing merg­ing into fast­mov­ing traf­fic text­book and ef­fort­less.

From stand­ing still it hits the ton in just 7.5 sec­onds.

My 14-year-old son who is cur­rently tak­ing an in­vol­un­tary sab­bat­i­cal from his ed­i­fi­ca­tion was most im­pressed and like all ex­cep­tion­ally tech-savvy chil­dren of his gen­er­a­tion, was keen to test out all the dif­fer­ent knobs, con­trols and but­tons to find out what it was they ac­tu­ally did.

It was thus that he in­ad­ver­tently nearly opened the sun­roof dur­ing the mas­sive tor­ren­tial down­pour that af­flicted Dar­win on Tues­day — a shouted, pan­icked warn­ing from yours truly pre­vented a near dis­as­ter.

Three words to sum­marise: En­gi­neered to per­fec­tion.

This ve­hi­cle is avail­able from Subaru Dar­win (Hid­den Val­ley Ford) on the Stu­art High­way, you can’t miss it, at the Ber­rimah in­ter­sec­tion, so call in there to see Chris and his ex­peri- enced sales team and book this awe­some ve­hi­cle in for a quick spin that will nat­u­rally progress to a longer test drive.

The staff there will hap­pily pro­vide you with fur­ther de­tails and in­for­ma­tion on this ex­hil­a­rat­ing car.

The ve­hi­cle I road tested and how I fer­vently wished I could have taken it off road or bush was the Subaru Forester XT Pre­mium 2.0 litre petrol au­to­matic and is avail­able for as lit­tle as $55,190 drive away.

Subaru have up­graded its all-road abil­i­ties but on the bi­tu­men it’s as pol­ished as they come.

The Forester has proven off-road ca­pa­bil­i­ties

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