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The Mercury Cars Guide : September 12th 2009
2--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, September 12, 2009 small torque Liberty sedan and wagon Price: From $33,990 (2.5i manual) to $51,990 (3.6R Premium) Power: 123kW at 5600 revs (2.5i), 195kW at 5600 revs (2.5 GT), 191kW at 5600 revs (3.6R) Torque: 229Nm at 4000 revs (2.5i), 350Nm at 2400 revs (2.5 GT), 350Nm at 4400 revs (3.6R) Transmission: Six speed manual, five speed automatic and CVT automatic Economy: 2.5i manual is 8.9 litres/ 100km (combined), 2.5i CVT 8.4 litres/100km (combined), 2.5i GT manual 9.8 litres/100km (combined), 2.5i GT auto 9.7 litres/ 100km (combined), 3.6 R auto 10.3 litres/100km (combined). CO2: 209 g/km (2.5i), 198 g/km (2.5i auto), 230 g/km, (GT man), 228 g/km (GT auto), 242 g/km (3.6R) Loyal Subaru owners give feedback HIGH STANDARD: MY10 Subaru Liberty range is the envy of other car manufacturers.. Rival car companies covet the brand loyalty that Subaru has among its followers. By Neil McDonald WHEN it comes to trade-in time, more than 70 per cent of Subaru owners stick with the brand. With this carpark of committed Subaru owners in mind, the company has taken on-board customer feedback about how to make the latest- generation Liberty and Outback bet- ter.Both all-wheel drive models have grown slightly in all dimensions with the 80mm longer wheelbase in the sedan and 75mm longer in the Out- back contributing to more rear seat leg and headroom and luggage space. Despite being between 17kg and 94kg heavier than the old model, new engines are more economical than those they replace and are kinder to the planet. Safety has also improved, with a new engine ''cradle'' to not only help the car crumple better in an impact, but to reduce noise and vibration. New technology, like a continuously variable transmission on 2.5i models and new six-speed manual transmis- sion feature. Subaru has also dumped the Liberty GT wagon but added a new model, the 2.5i Sport. Two new engines are available, a 2.5i four-cylinder and 3.6-litre six- cylinder, which replaces the 3.0-litre. A 2.0-litre turbo diesel arrives in the Outback in November. The 2.5i four-cylinder ''boxer'' en- gine and CVT, which is expected to account for about 75 per cent of sales, has a combined fuel economy figure of 8.4 litres per 100km, compared to 9.5 for the old car. The 2.5i develops less power but more torque across the rev range than the old engine with 123kW at 5600 revs and 229Nm at 4000 revs on tap. The new 3.6-litre is the largest engine ever fitted to the Liberty range. Entry 2.5i and 2.5i Sports models get what Subaru calls Lineartronic CVT. Also new on entry-level the 2.5i is a six-speed manual, shared with the turbocharged Liberty GT. All automatics, including Linear- tronic CVT, have a sequential mode to suit driving style and road conditions as well as steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. The turbo GT and 3.6R get an improved five-speed automatic. Prices for some models have de- crease by up to 7.8 per cent while others cost the same as the superseded variants. Entry-level Liberty 2.5i starts from $33,990, with the CVT auto adding $2500 to the price. The Liberty GT Premium is $52,990, $4500 less than the superseded GT spec.B, while the new Liberty 3.6R Premium is the same price as the superseded Liberty 3.0R Premium. Standard equipment includes seven airbags --- including driver's knee airbag --- electronic stability control, dual zone air conditioning, hill start assist, trip computer, cruise control, six-stacker in-dash CD stereo and 17-inch alloys on the 2.5i. The 2.5i Premium adds sunroof, leather, CVT automatic, electric driv- er's seat and rear air vents. The 2.5i Sports opens the standard package with the Lineartronic CVT , 18-inch alloys, Bilstein suspension, sports grille and bumper, alloy pedals and Xenon headlights with washers. Premium models add automatic headlights and wipers, McIntosh ster- eo systems, reversing camera, SI- Drive, satellite navigation, keyless access and push-button start. An electric parking brake instead of a traditional lever has freed up more space between the front seats. on the road THE gods did not look kindly on the Liberty drive. Subaru's relish being let lose in such conditions and the Liberty proved it has ability and confidence in spades. All-wheel drive is almost second nature and when you throw electro- nic stability control and traction control into the mix the Liberty is the perfect wet weather partner. We spent most of the time behind the wheel of the 2.5i CVT automatic, which is expected to account for the bulk of sales. Immediately noticeable is how much room the car has in the front and rear seats. The front seats have also been redesigned and are more comfortable and supportive. Only the low-rent look of the seat fabric in the 2.5i let the interior down. There are some neat touches, like the levers to fold down the rear seats in the wagon, reversing camera on satellite navigation equipped models and the paddle shifters on the steer- ing wheel. Yes, other brands have them, but the Liberty is more than a match for equipment up against key rivals like the Mazda6 or Toyota Camry. The 2.5-litre four is quiet - almost too quiet for those Subaru fans who love the throb of the boxer layout - and the steering has plenty of feed- back and feel. Developing 123kW, the new engine has lost 4kW but torque is up 2Nm to 229Nm and it is delivered lower in the rev range. This translates into more linear acceleration. There is little to fault about the dynamics or engineering. The Liber- ty is a very secure car to punt both on bitumen and gravel roads. The ride is composed and the multi-link double wishbone rear sus- pension provides the car with a surefooted stance over corrugated roads. The CVT, which has some links with Audi, is new and like these seemless transmissions, is smooth and can be used as a sequential six- speed - with paddle shifters - if you want. Fortunately Subaru has also man- aged to inject some conventional auto feel into the CVT via some trick software and there is no hint of the ''slipping clutch'' feeling of some CVTs. Cabin quality is as good as the best out of Japan despite some hard plastics around the cabin. The faux woodwork on the upper models are clearly meant for more conservative North American tastes. Despite the styling and interior presentation catering more to its biggest export market, North Amer- ica, the grown up Liberty has lost little of its inherent Subaru-ness. 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