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Subaru

Country of Origin:
Japan

Models:
Tribeca
Forester
Impreza
Legacy
Outback
Key:
* Top speed electronically limited
2.5SC 2.5-litre supercharged engine
2.5TC 2.5-litre turbocharged engine
2.5D 2.5-litre diesel engine
2.5TD 2.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine
I4 4-cylinder engine in inline configuration
V6 6-cylinder engine in V-shaped configuration
FWD   Front-wheel-drive platform
RWD   Rear-wheel-drive platform
4WD   Four-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive platform
5M   5-speed manual
5A   5-speed automatic
5AM 5-speed automanual
CVT Continuously variable auto transmission
l/100km   Litres of fuel consumed every 100 kms

Subaru Tribeca

The original B9 Tribeca, Subaruís attempt at a midsize 4WD, has received a facelift for 2008, getting a dull new look instead of the ugly old face. Built on the same all-wheel-drive platform as the Outback, the Tribeca is longer, wider and much inches taller than the Outback, and offers five or seven-passenger seating. The overall styling has been toned down after the previous design was deemed too controversial. The interior attempts to be more modern and upscale than competitive makes, with an amazingly unique design. The oddly-named B9 Tribeca has now dropped "B9" from its name, but is still powered by Subaru's horizontally-opposed flat six-cylinder "boxer" engine, a rare type of engine design shared only with Porsche. Also standard is a five-speed automatic gearbox. The B9 Tribeca offers power windows, electric mirrors, standard roll sensing system, ABS brakes with Brake Assist, CD stereo, and standard two-position memory system for front driverís seat and more. Options include reverse-assist sensors, remote starter, and rear cargo cover with shade-type functionality. Safety features include dual front and side airbags.


Midsize 4WD



Road Tests & Articles:
none

Competitors:
Ford Edge
Honda MR-V
Nissan Murano
Price Range
Dhs 110000 - 130000 (US$ 29900 - 35300)
Body Styles
5-door wagon
Weight (kg)
1877 - 1920
Version
Performance
Engine
Gearbox
Power (hp)
Torque (Nm)
Fuel Econ (l/100km)
0-100 kph (sec)
Top Speed (kph)
3.0 F6 4WD 5A 245 297 12.3 9.7 195
Good
Comfortable ride, cabin styling, all-weather handling
Bad
Dull new face, above-average price, off-road ability




Subaru Forester

The Forester was Subaru's first attempt at a proper small 4WD, already being the first company to offer all-wheel drive across its entire model line. The Forester was introduced for the 1998 model year and has only survived on facelifts, being heavily revamped for 2003. Built on the Impreza platform, the Forester features Subaru's symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. In the Middle East, only the 2.5X model is offered, powered by a 2.5-litre flat four-cylinder, mated to a four-speed automatic. The Forester includes a MP3/WMA CD stereo, 6-CD changer, automatic climate control system, power windows, electric mirrors, ABS brakes, dual front airbags, fog lamps, cruise control, cloth upholstery and an automatic air conditioner. The higher models include a sunroof, 16-inch alloy wheels, leather-wrapped surfaces such as the steering wheel, gear shift knob and handbrake. The Forester is different than most compact 4WDs since, in addition to being a soft-roader with no low-range gearing, it also has a lower car-like body.


Compact 4WD



Road Tests & Articles:
none

Competitors:
Ford Escape
Honda CR-V
Toyota RAV-4
Price Range
Dhs 76500 - 80000 (US$ 20800 - 21800)
Body Styles
5-door wagon
Weight (kg)
1415 - 1452
Version
Performance
Engine
Gearbox
Power (hp)
Torque (Nm)
Fuel Econ (l/100km)
0-100 kph (sec)
Top Speed (kph)
2.5 F4 4WD 4A 165 226 9.4-9.7 10.8 185
Good
Manoeuvrability, interior volume, price
Bad
Not very fast, conservative shape, off-road ability




Subaru Impreza

The Impreza has now become a hatchback for 2008, with interior and exterior styling solidly in the mainstream of conservative design. It remains the only car in its class with standard full-time all-wheel drive. Subaru likes to tout their rally heritage, but none of the Middle East models are anywhere near rally cars. The models offered here are the new 1.5-litre, known as the 1.5i, and the 2.0-litre, known as the 2.0R. Both have flat four-cylinder "boxer" engines, and both mated to either a five-speed manual or an outdated four-speed automatic. Base models have a standard AM/FM stereo system, cloth upholstery, power windows, electric mirrors, central locking and steel wheels, along with dual front airbags. The full-spec 2.0R model features the same full power options, alloy wheels, rear spoiler, ABS brakes, dual front airbags, fog lamps, sunroof and not much else. Western and Eastern world markets receive turbocharged WRX sports models, but local dealers do not officially offer them in the GCC.


Compact Hatchback



Road Tests & Articles:
none

Competitors:
Honda Civic
Hyundai Elantra
Toyota Corolla
Price Range
Dhs 55000 - 70000 (US$ 14900 - 19000)
Body Styles
5-door hatchback
Weight (kg)
1385 - 1420
Version
Performance
Engine
Gearbox
Power (hp)
Torque (Nm)
Fuel Econ (l/100km)
0-100 kph (sec)
Top Speed (kph)
1.5 F4 4WD
2.0 F4 4WD
5M/4A
5M/4A
107
150
142
196
7.5-7.9
8.4-8.9
13.7-14.5
9.6-11.6
168-175
182-193
Good
All-wheel-drive handling, reliable, power features
Bad
Weight kills performance, rear room, outdated automatic




Subaru Legacy

The Legacy is Subaruís midsize model, available in all-wheel-drive form as standard. For 2005, Subaru introduced the fourth-generation Legacy with fresh styling and better handling. The same model, available in sedan and wagon body styles, has been facelifted for the 2007 model year. The 2007 Legacy is available in the Middle East with either a 2.0-litre four-cylinder, known as the 2.0R, and the 3.0-litre six-cylinder, known as the 3,0R. Both are flat "boxer" engines, mated to automatic gearboxes. Standard equipment in the base 2.0R model includes MP3/WMA CD stereo, a 6-disc CD changer, power windows, electric mirrors, central locking, ABS brakes, dual front airbags, alloy Wheels, fog lamps, climate control, cruise control and cloth upholstery. Leather and sunroof are optional. The top 3.0R trim level adds the advanced Vehicle Dynamics Control stability and traction control system, eight airbags, sunroof, leather upholstery with power-adjustable seats and more. The wagon is only available in 2.0R form.


Midsize Sedan / Wagon



Road Tests & Articles:
none

Competitors:
Honda Accord
Nissan Altima
Toyota Camry
Price Range
Dhs 71500 - 107000 (US$ 19400 - 29100)
Body Styles
4-door sedan, 5-door wagon
Weight (kg)
1395 - 1490
Version
Performance
Engine
Gearbox
Power (hp)
Torque (Nm)
Fuel Econ (l/100km)
0-100 kph (sec)
Top Speed (kph)
2.0 F4 4WD
3.0 F6 4WD
4A
5A
165
245
187
297
9.6
11.1
11.4-11.8
8.2
193-201
237
Good
Good looks, competitive engines, solid handling
Bad
Average rear room, auto gearbox kills performance




Subaru Outback

The Outback is a crossover wagon heavily based on the Legacy, but with distinct visual and mechanical differences. Like all Subarus, the Outback features permanent all-wheel-drive. Originally introduced as a Legacy trim years ago, it is now a separate model, with higher ground clearance, fender flares and a more utilitarian demeanour. The Legacy-based Outback was completely redesigned for 2005, and only features a facelift for the 2007 model year. Engines include the 2.5-litre four-cylinder in the 2.5i trim, and the 3.0-litre six-cylinder in the 3.0R trim. Both are boxer engines mated to automatic gearboxes. All Outback models feature a MP3/WMA CD stereo, 6-disc CD changer, power windows, electric mirrors, central locking, keyless entry, ABS brakes, dual front airbags, alloy Wheels, fog lamps, climate control, cruise control and cloth upholstery. The fully-optioned trim, includes a Vehicle Dynamics Control system, eight airbags, self-levelling rear suspension, dual sunroof, and a leather interior with power seats.


Midsize Crossover 4WD



Road Tests & Articles:
none

Competitors:
Hyundai Tucson
Kia Sportage
Suzuki Grand Vitara
Price Range
Dhs 90000 - 130000 (US$ 24500 - 35400)
Body Styles
5-door wagon
Weight (kg)
1440 - 1540
Version
Performance
Engine
Gearbox
Power (hp)
Torque (Nm)
Fuel Econ (l/100km)
0-100 kph (sec)
Top Speed (kph)
2.5 F4 4WD
3.0 F6 4WD
4A
5A
165
245
226
297
9.7
11.1
10.9
8.5
199
210
Good
Car-like handling, luggage space, comfort
Bad
Off-road ability, slow base model, weight






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