Review of Subaru Liberty 2010
Damaged world for family car choice. And now Subaru has landed another one, with a six-seater wagon called Liberty Exiga. It’s difficult to please newbies, because it’s outside the family’s first gallery selection range in SUV classrooms and everyone. It is not a high rider and it is not a full family car.
At first glance, it looks like a slightly modified Liberty carriage. But it has six seats and that makes it more like Subaru’s heavier, Tribeca.
Subaru himself said Exiga was a development of Liberty and got the green light after a successful teasing at the Tokyo Motor Show a few years ago. Everyone seems to be interested in a Liberty with more, at least on the seat side.
It is being rolled out as a replacement for a Honda Odyssey or Mitsubishi Grandis, or even a lackluster Toyota Avensis, with lots of equipment and a lower starting price than Honda but not as sharp as the leading Kia Carnival. It sounds good, but there’s a catch. And it turned Exiga into a bit of Frankenstein.
See, there’s a whole new Liberty in the showrooms in Australia but Exiga is based on the previous model. And have some Forester stir into the mixture. The result is a car that looks nice on paper, but not as good as it should be once you get it into the driveway.
Subaru Australia is very interested in Exiga and has set it for the type of family that has given its brand the best customer loyalty score in the country. There are two models and both come with easy-to-drive 2.5-liter engines and continuously variable transmissions, as well as key DVD entertainment systems for the rear seats.
Exiga Premium, priced from $ 37,490 to $ 41,990 basic, is very well equipped with child-friendly leather seats, satnav, reversing camera, Bluetooth and iPod links, electric front seats and alloy wheels.
“Liberty Exiga is a versatile family wagon that adds a new dimension to our midsize wagon,” said Nick Senior, owner of Subaru Australia. Unsurprisingly, he is also exaggerating the safety and driving Subaru’s usual ANCAP four-wheel drive. With Paul Gover
I had a surprise when I first jumped into Exiga. I expect a car to drive as impressively as the new Liberty, our class leader Carsguide and a car candidate of the year for 2009, and Exiga does not. It’s not fluid, or quiet, or refined and the engine feels less responsive and less impressive.
I immediately took the phone to ask about the car. And it was received from Subaru Australia that Exiga was built from the previous generation Liberty. So a car could have been very good is just. . . alright.
It is harsh, but Subaru knows better than plying a formula of success and expectations of Australians who know and trust the brand. It’s nice to have a six-seater in the family, and it might fit more people than the larger Tribeca, but it’s not good to have a compromised car.
You can see and feel the difference in the seat and quality of the cabin, as well as the CVT gearbox that needs to be stirred – at least with the gearshift paddle – and can struggle to keep the car at 110km / h. on Highway.
But Exiga is not all bad. It’s very quiet, the middle row is comfortable and has many adjustments, the cabin is easy to convert to store furniture, and the rear seats are not as bad as I expected.
It’s also very easy to park, with a great rear camera, leather seats and a DVD player in the Premium test car that is suitable for families. I also like the flexibility in the center console, which can carry more furniture or a few cups, as well as light steering and good visibility.
It works well as a six-seater vehicle for everyone, but they will have to pack the light as there’s not much space in the tail. Fold the backseat _ one or a pair _ and everything will be a lot better, but it will never be a Carnival rival.
The Exiga is marked for its failures, and because it doesn’t have the traction to win most people off of an SUV, but it will work very well for some families. And, at the end of the day, it was still Subaru.
SHE SAYS – with Alison Ward
At first I didn’t know what to do with Exiga. It has stunned me with a fast engine or great interior design. So is this car an SUV or a commuter? I’m not sure myself, but I think it suffers from identity crisis.
Donith got me wrong, this car is good. It will serve the owner well with a capacity of six seats, a spacious interior and an economic drive. But the body is a bit on the ugly side, reminding me of a giant window window, although the inside is better.
It is very comfortable and easy to drive. It handles well, is easy to park and has minimal blind spots. The entertainment system is an easy-to-use standard touch screen found in the latest Subarus. So what could this car be good for? It all down adds third row seating.
This allows Exiga to compete with larger SUVs while retaining the feeling of a smaller car. But I can’t figure out why they can’t design the second row to get an additional position. This will remain a mystery and a possible solving tool for some families. Exiga will also discourage families when all seats are lost because there is not much boot space. Not great for prams, shopping or hiding presents.
In terms of value, leather case, DVD player and countless safety airbags at lower prices than rivals make it worth watching and I hope Exiga survives. It has a lot of money from me but it is unlikely it will be for larger families.
LINE BOTTOM: Good idea, bad outcome
Subaru Exiga 2.5i premium
Price: $ 41,990
Engine: 2.5-liter four-cylinder
Capacity: 123kW at 5000 revolutions
Torque: 229Nm at 4000 revolutions
Gearbox: Linear continuously variable gearbox, all-wheel drive
Body: five-door wagon
Dimensions: Length 4740mm, Width 1775mm, Height 1660mm, Wheelbase 2750mm, track front / rear 1525mm / 1530mm
Steering: Speed sensitive pricing and power steering
Suspension system: Front MacPherson strut; double wishbone rear
Fuel tank: 65 liters
Fuel type: Gasoline 90-98 RON
Fuel consumption: 8.6 / 100km combined
Spare tire: Ministry of saving space
Brake: Anti-skid disc
Wheels: 17 inch alloy
Tires: 215/50 R17
Safety equipment: dual front, side, curtain airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, anti-skid, brake assist, front seat shock absorbers, reversing camera
CO2 emissions: 202g / km
Dodge 2.7 SXT Journey: 68/100 (from $ 37,990)
Kia Carnival 2.7 EXE: 76/100 (from $ 33,890)
Mitsubishi Grandis 2.4 VRX: 77/100 (from $ 44,950)
Toyota Tarago 2.4 GLi: 75/100 (from $ 53,250)