AT A GLANCE
WHAT’S IT’S GOT Rock solid engineering. Five-star safety with the added layer of all-wheel drive grip. WHAT IT HASN’T Both diesels miss out on auto stop/start as well as SI-Drive which allows the driver to pick between drive modes. Neither model gets Subaru’s Eyesight auto braking system either. OWNERSHIP Subaru owners keep their cars for a long time. Comes with a 3 year/unlimited kilometre warranty as well as roadside assistance for 12 months and capped price servicing for 3 years/75,000km (not as good as some). WHAT WE LIKED Smooth, quiet operation for a diesel. CTV transmission works well. Interior much improved. WHAT WE DIDN’T We couldn’t get anywhere near the stated fuel consumption. Spare eats into rear luggage area, which isn’t overly generous PICK OF THE RANGE Take the money and run. Top of range S adds leather, heated power adjustable front seats, satnav, auto lights/wipers, sunroof, power tailgate and better Bridgestone rubber — nice if you need them but it doesn’t justify another $6000.