SUPERIOR SUBARUS ARE A MOTORING DELIGHT
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 www.subaru-ni.com. 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