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The Mercury Cars Guide : December 5th 2009
6--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, December 5, 2009 firstname.lastname@example.org with KEITH DIDHAM Much to applaud in FACELIFT: The 2010 Subaru Outback has been given fresh styling. ROOM TO MOVE: The Outback has plenty of space for passengers. The improvements to Subaru's Outback are like something from a fairy tale. Now, what was once the underachiever is leading its class. IF there was an award this year for the most improved player in the new-car market, then the leading contender would be Subaru's Out- back. The latest edition of the soft- roader, which has been on the market for 13 years, represents more than a mere facelift. It has grown in size, has been re- engineered and given fresh styl- ing. Park the new one next to last year's Outback and you'll easily see the changes. While the Outback traditionally came big on appeal and safety features, it was nevertheless flawed: it shortchanged on cabin and load space, it had a mediocre tow capacity and, more import- antly, was far too thirsty. Like Cinderella going to the proverbial ball, the latest version, launched in September, is a beauty --- so much so it has become the leader in its class. At last Subaru has delivered. The wagon now boasts generous space and impressive fuel efficiency. So it's a win, win --- well, almost. To sweeten the pot even further, Subaru added the long-awaited diesel version to the line-up last month --- but after driving both versions I'm not totally convinced the diesel has a big enough edge over the petrol. Back-to-back testing has thrown up some interesting figures. The petrol Outback, driven smoothly, returned a remarkable average fuel economy of 7.8l/100km (and at one stage during a lengthy test drive around Melbourne and along Victoria's Great Ocean Road
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