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There is some things as too much tech
I purchased this car as an upgrade to my 2018 Subaru XV-S that I was some what already satisfied with. I did this for personal reasons. I used the car everyday to take the dog for a walk and regular daily shopping visits among other places.
I find the car drives very comfortably when you are not in a rush. The engine is the epitome of adequate and it does the every day choirs without much fuss. Plenty of room in the back for shopping, dogs, and even car camping which I do from time to time.
If you are anything of a driver of any sort who enj...oys driving, this will bore & potentially frustrate you to tears. The engine as I said is quite aural (not in a good way) at high rpm. The cvt gearbox while adequate is uninspiring. You can feel the weight of the car when you turn into corners even though the brakes on the car work well. Again its ok for commuting and some trail fun, but a drivers car this is not. I have towed a trailer of firewood and a trailer of rubbish to the local tip. Both times the loads were no more than 400kg. The car did fine, but you could feel the engine and cvt working fairly hard to maintain the speed limit in my local area with that. I know it can tow up to 2000kg and has a towball download weight of 200kg, but I wouldn't confidently tow anything more than 1250kg max with this engine and gearbox combination. Even then, I would be limiting my speed to 80kph maximum which Subaru recommend you do regardless of towing load. The other main issue I have is with the tech. Having to operate the heat seat functions within the touch screen via 3 steps is not great especially when you are moving. The HVAC controls are also via the touch screen. In fact I would say 75% of the vehicle controls are only accessible via touch screen which concerns me. There are times I am not pressing the right area when driving on the road or on undulated terrain and you have to take your eyes off the road momentarily to see where you are pressing. This is particularly frustrating. The driver monitoring system doesn't always detect your face when you get in the car. Sometimes I wonder why you need to have a driver profile if things like memory seat function, radio station etc are not coded in. Not to mention, I find the driver monitoring tends to over police my every move far too much for my liking. Its telling me to keep eyes on the road when they are. The cars tech tells me my hands are not on the wheel when they are. I scratch the side of my nose and the car tells me to keep eyes on the road (I kid you not). The car sometimes cannot distinguish between a static reflective road sign and a moving object so it has caused the car to abruptly halt in the middle off the road with traffic behind. The lack of control to disable these components of the car and permanently turn them off is super frustrating. I recently had a service with an infotainment software update which pretty much made the OS react faster to the touch. A mild improvement to the operation of the interface.
Purchased in June 2021 for $44,000.
- Outback Sport (2020-2022)
Worst Car I Have Ever Driven
I bought the Outback Sport model new in November 2021 and have covered about 3,000 kilometres, on a variety of country roads. I find the electronics terrible and, at times, dangerous. This car has turned what used to be a relaxing country drive into one of annoyance and increasing frustration. And the systems default to "on" every time you restart the car. I have a large list of complaints about this car, but the following are particularly annoying to me.
The Lane Departure interference system frequently (every few minutes on some roads) loses ...
Purchased in November 2021.
- Outback Sport (2020-2022)
Love the look but not the Sales manager
We are happy with our Outback sport, love the look but just a little disappointed by the removal of some of the memory features. Having the facial recognition on the car, it says hello to me but it doesn't have the ability to move my seat and mirrors to my settings. Cheeky move by Subaru. Other than that the two tone seats with the green stitching are nice, the blacked out features and the dark wheels give the car a mean look. Thanx to our salesman at Eblen Subaru, he got us a great deal but not impressed with the new car sales manager's behaviour.
Purchased in March 2021 at Eblen Subaru for $45,500.
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