With techno wizardry
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