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THE Ex­iga lacks the im­me­di­ate charm of the Lib­erty.

It is not unat­trac­tive, but gives the im­pres­sion of be­ing the prog­eny of a Subaru that en­joyed a dal­liance with a Honda Odyssey.

Dy­nam­i­cally, the Ex­iga loses lit­tle to the Lib­erty it shares a name­plate with.

The over­all im­pres­sion is, not sur­pris­ingly given its ge­n­e­sis, a lit­tle softer and less fo­cused than the new Lib­erty range and the na­ture of a con­stantly vari­able trans­mis­sion can rob a car — any car — of the feel­ing of get-up-andgo with its seam­less ac­cel­er­a­tion. You can use the shift pad­dles set be­hind the steer­ing wheel to pre­tend the gear­box has ra­tios.

That doesn’t make the Ex­iga slug­gish — it isn’t — and the proven 2.5-litre en­gine with its 123kW and 229Nm is a nice match to the car.

Steer­ing is light but pleas­antly pre­cise and the ride well suited to bro­ken road sur­faces with plenty of com­pli­ance in the damp­ing with­out any ten­dency to wal­low­ing.

Subaru claims a fuel econ­omy of 8.6 litres/100km in com­bined cy­cle driv­ing.

The Ex­iga cabin, at least in the Pre­mium model we ex­pe­ri­enced, is a nice place to be.

The seat­ing in the front is good and it’s just as com­fort­able in the sec­ond row and ad­e­quate in the rear for a cou­ple of adults short­term.

Pic­tures: AMY BRA­BIN

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