Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - GUIDE -


What ex­actly is an over­lan­der? Re­gard­less of how you choose to de­fine the term, chances are you don’t con­sider the Subaru Out­back to fall within the ap­pro­pri­ate pa­ram­e­ters. But why not? It doesn’t have low-range gear­ing, sure, but in ev­ery other re­spect it’s the per­fect tool for long-dis­tance travel. It’s large, re­li­able and has bakkie-like ground clear­ance. This used ex­am­ple is a 2015 model with only 61 000km. It also has a full ser­vice his­tory. When new, it goes for north of R500 000, yet this two-year-old ve­hi­cle can be yours for R279 900. That is as­ton­ish­ing value for money. The 2.5-litre en­gine is thirsty, but you get de­cent power and torque (129kW and 235Nm). Since it’s the pre­mium ver­sion, you get steer­ing-wheel con­trols, Blue­tooth, cli­mate con­trol and a mas­sive sun­roof. To be sure, this is not a ve­hi­cle that you’ll be tack­ling the Namib with, but for many peo­ple, this is all the over­lan­der that they’ll ever need.

THE GOOD: Spa­cious. Great value for money.

THE BAD: No low-range gear­ing. CVT gear­box.

PRICE: R279 900 YEAR: 2015 SER­VICE HIS­TORY: Full MILEAGE: 61 000km EN­GINE: 2.5-litre petrol TRANS­MIS­SION: CVT POWER: 129kW TORQUE: 235Nm

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