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Journeys : Feb March 2010
Lindy George She says Subaru Outback Life on the move Looking for a new car? Ex-Tasmanian Government vehicles, most about two years old with 40,000km RACT Roadworthy Inspection with each vehicle (includes pre-registration certificate) Viewings and fixed price on Saturdays from 9am-2pm or Mondays from 8am Auctions every Tuesday at 11am 56 Sunderland Street, Derwent Park 6428 Buy with confidence at Pickles Auctions www.ract.com.au In 2009 the Subaru Outback won the Australia's Best Car Award for Best Recreational 4WD and the Drive Car of the Year Best SUV Under $40,000. It has also been awarded a 5-star ANCAP rating, which Subar u proudly displays. The Subar u has always had a reputation for being well-built, reliable and an enjoyable drive. However, after a week around the city in the Outback, I decided that if I were to own one, it would have to be an auto. The Horizontally Opposed Boxer (m aybe ‘He’ can explain that) 4-cylinder petrol engine in the 2.5i has a 6-speed manual transmission -- and you need six speeds because fifth gear is really fourth. I usually prefer a manual transmission but I found the Outback just a bit notchy on the gear change, with a ‘precious’ clutch and some over-rev ving – and no, it wasn't my driving -- we later test -drove the diesel with the same result. The electronic park brake takes some getting used to. Even after a few days in the Outback I was still reaching for a centre-console park brake. For hill starts you have ‘Hill Hold’, a function that will only work if you remember to switch it on every time (or do as I did, just turn it on when you start the ignition). Of course your Outback will decide itself whether the hill is indeed steep enough to war rant Hill Hold, so listen carefully to hear it engage and if it doesn't, you will either need to work that precious clutch, allow for roll-back or master the art of hill start with an electronic park brake -- all a bit fussy really. But transmission issues aside, all six models in the range come standard with all the safety gear you would expect of a 5-star rated vehicle and you also have the reassurance of seven airbags sur rounding you. If you like to head off-road, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (SAWD) combined with 213mm of ground clearance will have you doing it easily. And if you're taking all the camping gear with you, the 60/40 split rear seats fold flat to create maximum space -- indeed, we transported a single bed, head, foot, base, mattress and side table and still had room to spare. It was designed in America and I'm still undecided about the look of the new Outback. But for a practical, versatile family car it's well worth a test drive. ANCAP Rating Green Vehicle Rating ½ February / March 10 22
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