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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.