Reliable, roomy and safe, the varied model line-up spoils you for choice. There are a wagon or sedan, rapid GT and 3.6R models and the Exiga wagon with six or seven seats. Typical of Subaru, these are all-wheel drive only, a huge point of difference in the sedan or wagon playground. All engines are horizontally opposed in “boxer” configuration, giving a characteristic thrum.
Styling is smart, mirrored by the cabins that are well screwed together. The space inside is excellent, where three adults can fit in the back with ample leg and headroom. Wagons have reclining rear seats and are the practical choice, especially as the sedan lacks a folding rear seat that would endow extra cargo space.
The MY10 Libertys arrived mainly in 2.5i guise with (prepare yourself) Premium, Premium SatNav, Sports, Sports Premium and Sports Premium SatNav grades.
A 2.5i GT Premium SatNav was the hot one with a cracking 191kW/350Nm turbo engine and sporty Bilstein suspension. The sedan-only 3.6R Premium SatNav, the only six-cylinder variant, liked a drink.
Standard on all but the 3.6R was a six-speed manual gearbox; the 2.5i and 2.5i Sports had a rather whiny and unsatisfying continuously variable transmission (but at least had paddle-shifters) but the GT had a conventional five-speed auto.
The six-seat Exiga in 2.5i and 2.5i Premium grades landed soon afterwards and upgraded in July 2012 with seven seats.
At launch the 2.5i had 17-inch alloys, dual-zone climate control aircon, MP3 audio and LED instrument display. The 2.5i Sport added sports bumper and grille, 18-inch alloys, Bilstein suspension, faux carbon-fibre dash and door trim, leather door trim inserts and alloy pedals.
Premium versions of the above added leather, electric sunroof, power driver’s seat and rear air vents, while any SatNav models also had screens — rather basic it must be said — plus Bluetooth, DVD/CD player, reverse camera and in-built navigation. Sports Premiums also had power passenger seat and better audio.
The turbo GT and 3.6R added a dual exhaust, auto headlights and wipers, smart key with push button start and SI-Drive with three drive modes.
Bluetooth was in all by November 2010, but favour 2012 model year Libertys as by then all had leather trim, power driver’s seat, 4.3-inch screen, USB connection, rear air vents and reversing cameras.
In September 2012 the Liberty 2.5X and 3.6X auto sedans arrived with slightly different styling and an extra 50mm of ground clearance, aimed at buyers in rural and regional areas. As Subaru’s own Liberty-based Outback wagon already served this segment, X sales weren’t great.
Subaru’s excellent crash-avoiding EyeSight driver assist was introduced on the 3.6R Premium and then gifted to the X models. By 2013 it was standard on all but the entry levels. Favour cars with this excellent safety gear.
The 2013 models also had minor cosmetic changes, a slight boost to power and torque and revised AWD. The entry-level 2.5i was lumbered with cloth trim once more.
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