Seduced by stand-out Subaru

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Subaru. I greeted him and he said: “This is the first time I have come close to a Subaru; I ac­tu­ally did not think black peo­ple know of such a car. Go do your shop­ping, I will look af­ter the car.”

I saw big white men in huge 4x4s open­ing their win­dows slowly to check out who was driv­ing – it was me, the black vil­lage boy, with a funky hair­style.

At one garage, the petrol at­ten­dants started push­ing each other to of­fer me their ser­vices.

I asked one: “What were you guys fight­ing for?” He replied: “We hardly see Subarus here, and we were ac­tu­ally shocked to see one with a bright colour like this, and we were more stunned when we re­alised that it is a young black man be­hind the wheel.”

My vil­lage has mostly gravel and sandy roads, but the XV’s ca­pac­ity to pull with all four wheels and its gen­er­ous 220mm ground clear­ance gave me the push to take on the roads with ease.

This led me to take it to the car wash sooner than I ex­pected. The guys took more than two hours to wash the ve­hi­cle. Af­ter all that, I must say it was not as clean as I ex­pected. Clearly there was less clean­ing and more ad­mi­ra­tion.

“We wash a lot of cars here. But a Subaru is un­usual. Thanks for mak­ing my week,” one said.

A down­side is that the boot space is small.

My mother and aunt said it wouldn’t work for them. My aunt said: “It’s surely a car for sin­gle men like Fana (as she af­fec­tion­ately calls me).”

You do not drive over 100km/h when you are with these ladies. But be­cause of the com­fort of the car, even at points when I went just above 120km/h, they did not feel that I was “speed­ing”.

At the end of the test, the XV had grown on me. Get­ting into a Re­nault Clio, I missed the Subaru’s push-but­ton start and its re­vers­ing cam­era.

It’s so easy to love the XV. I en­joyed the car as it had a CD op­tion as well as USB. Heck, I’m still old school like that at 25.

I love au­to­matic cars – the best thing for me af­ter Oros juice.

As much as I grew at­tached to the car, I think it’s for some­one like me who has a girl­friend and not a wife and kid(s). It is per­fect for peo­ple in my age group who are big on trav­el­ling and who en­joy moun­tain­ous coun­try and driv­ing to far-flung and dif­fer­ent places.

This is be­cause it’s a re­li­able car and in­deed I have con­fi­dence in mo­tion when I am in a Subaru. I love it, and I would like to own one soon be­cause, as my fam­ily said, ke Rra Tsela.

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