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SUBARU, Ja­panese in­ven­tors of the 4x4 car, build more All Wheel Drive cars than any other man­u­fac­turer glob­ally. Lift the bon­net on any of their mod­els and you’ll know why they are dif­fer­ent.

Subaru have stuck faith­fully with the Boxer en­gine lay­out and sym­met­ri­cal All Wheel Drive that en­gi­neers a low cen­tre of grav­ity and, con­se­quently, as­ton­ish­ing han­dling and grip, and de­liv­ered mul­ti­ple World Rally Cham­pi­onships. In Amer­ica, where ser­vice, qual­ity, re­li­a­bil­ity and value re­ally mat­ter, Subaru out­sell BMW and Volk­swa­gen com­bined.

It’s not be­ing dif­fer­ent that sells, it’s be­ing bet­ter. Subarus are bet­ter — nine out of 10 built in the last 10 years are still on the road, av­er­ag­ing three global cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tions apiece. Subaru en­joy record de­mand world­wide and re­port sig­nif­i­cant sales in­creases in North­ern Ire­land in 2016.

The lat­est new lux­ury fast­back model Levorg GT re­placed Legacy with a more pow­er­ful, yet smaller and more fru­gal en­gine, and stan­dard spec­i­fi­ca­tion that sees off the Ger­mans at a frac­tion of their start­ing prices. Sta­ble­mate Out­back es­tate sales out­strip sup­ply. In­sur­ers re­port dra­matic re­duc­tions in costly col­li­sions — up to 40% fewer — on cars equipped with Subaru’s own Eye­sight safety stereo cam­era col­li­sion avoid­ance sys­tem — rated “best in class” by the in­de­pen­dent Amer­i­can In­surance As­so­ci­a­tion).

For fun and es­capism the only two wheel drive Subaru, the BRZ, is a sporty and light­weight rear wheel drive for the purists, power to weight at the smi­ley end of mo­tor­ing, en­gi­neered to cap­ture sun­shine mo­ments. Big brother WRX STI is po­si­tioned firmly in the “if you drive one you’ll buy it” cat­e­gory, with a wait­ing list even for NI dealer ex-de­mon­stra­tors. Like all Subarus, it will re­turn enor­mous driv­ing plea­sure and pride of own­er­ship — wash­ing your car is never the same with a Subaru in your drive­way.

Sta­ples of the five-door fam­ily hatch ranges Forester and XV Cross­over sit just above the Im­preza, the en­try car to sym­met­ri­cal AWD mo­tor­ing at an in­cred­i­bly low £17,495 OTR de- liv­ered in North­ern Ire­land. All Subaru’s off-road mod­els of­fer un­canny road­hold­ing and per­fect bal­ance — the de­sign DNA en­sures grip, and there­fore safety, is max­imised. No com­pe­tency or ad­vanced skills are re­quired to ex­tract ev­ery last bit of trac­tion what­ever the con­di­tions — highly so­phis­ti­cated Subaru elec­tron­ics and per­fect weight dis­tri­bu­tion keep you on track in all weath­ers. AWD isn’t just for win­ter — those who ven­ture off-road or hit stand­ing pud­dles at speed know the sat­is­fac­tion and peace of mind when you have to­tal con­fi­dence in your car.

This brand is a mo­tor­ing de­light. Build qual­ity and at­ten­tion to de­tail are sec­ond to none. The range of diesel and petrol power plants and choice of six speed man­u­als or Subaru’s own ex- cel­lent Lin­eartronic au­to­mat­ics en­sures ad­mirable econ­omy too — ex­pect 40-plus real world mpg from the Forester diesel au­tos for ex­am­ple. Give your in­ner driver a proper treat and check Subaru out at your lo­cal spe­cial­ist deal­ers, Western Mo­tors En­niskillen, East­wood Mo­tors Lis­burn and Gorm­ley Mo­tors Dun­gan­non or visit Be sure to say NI Carfinder sent you.

The Subaru brand is renowned for qual­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity, and its sta­ples of the five-door fam­ily hatch ranges, the 2016 XV Cross­over (left) and Forester do not dis­ap­point

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