Very Danger! This car just does things so easily it's a serious threat to your licence. Load space is excellent and square, looks like a bog standard estate and can scare any kind of hot hatch. Rear space could be better and the front seats a bit more supportive in view of the power, but it's effortless to drive. Get rid of those Geolandar sideways-slippery tyres and there's really nothing like it.
I bought a 2.0 XEn automatic last November and I am very pleased with it. Especially after the budget yesterday when I discoverd that as the car is in tax band "f" I will only pay a small increase in road tax even though I own a 4x4.How many other 4x4 owners can say the same? In the past I have always owned estate cars as I am a keen angler and I need to make sure that my fishing rods fit in the boot. This they do, just, after taking them along to my dealer (Souls of Olney, who have been fantastic) to check that they did fit. Along with other people reviewing this car I think "Whacar" should give it a higher rating. Even if it is not so popular in this country I knew it is thought of much more highly in other countries.
a year ago I swapped a 2.0xt for a 2.0XE - lost the turbo but gained low ratios; leather and a new warranty (although after eight subarus I've never needed it). The new model is just great for my work. It takes me all over Scotland and to the furthest points in the forests I'm inspecting. Low ratios have been useful and better for me than turbo (which was a hoot to drive but there you go)and the economy is just what the book says. latest drive to Wick and back including many miles on forest roads appeared to achieve 39mpg; my usual figure is about 36mpg. True I do less urban driving than the average but the car is great. I'd like a bit more space for my long legs, left one always in contact with center console. Roll on the diesel next year.
I gave up a BMW 530 for this, and I have no regrets. It gives superb performance, although it is a bit noisy at motorway speeds.
The dealer has struggled to provide an upgraded audio system that will integrate into the satellite-navigation system and stearing wheel controls.
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