AT A GLANCE

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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.

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