Subaru Tribeca

30 Jan 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Subaru Tribeca

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Price and equipment

Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

Car is well equipped with the features you’d expect. Second hand cars are often good value but you get a lot for your money with this car. Seven seats, leather, dual zone climate control, 8 airbags, a decent sound system with 6cd in dash stacker, satellite navigation, heated front seats, fog lights, and many other features. I like the information display showing performance, file consumption, service intervals and audio functions.

Not much missing that actually would be useful.

Under the bonnet

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

There’s no denying this is a bigger car than the Outback which shares the same 3.0L Boxer 6 engine and it does show a bit when loaded up and all seven seats are filled. Having said that, there’s enough performance to get around, you just know the engine is working harder than you might like. The upgrade to the 3.6L engine made a difference.

Hey it’s not like you’d compare it to a Porsche.

How it drives

Rating: 3.0 out of 5 stars

Having upgraded from an Outback R Premium, I really noticed the increased body roll with the taller body. But I think all Subaru’s drive really well and the Tribeca is no different. One I don’t like and my wife would disagree is the brains behind the auto gearbox.

It has your standard driving setting with an auto sports mode and a manual sports mode for those who like to take over from the computer. But the sports mode is a little disappointing in that is still favours an economical drive. What I mean is, the box is reluctant to drop from 3rd to 2nd.

This is frustrating when coming out of a tight corner as the car seems to bog down refusing to change down as you progressively push the go pedal until you’ve hit the floor and then we’re back in business with a scream of the engine and your wife scolding you! Perhaps it’s just the gap between the gears that could be fixed with a chip upgrade but this seems a bit over the top. My wife would just tell me to relax, we’re going fast enough.

Comfort and practicality

Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

The leather seats are very comfy and the heating makes a big difference on cold mornings. The wrap around aircraft style dash and centre column ticks the style box but also increases the comfort feel. Full electric front seats with two memory settings mean easy changes between my tall frame and my wife’s smaller frame. The seven seat flexibility is great but I don’t really like the relatively small range of adjustment for the middle row.

They don’t seem to move enough to make getting in the back row of seats easy. We tried the Volvo XC90 before buying this car and thy have it sorted in this department at least. One of the main failings of the XC90 though was the lack of child seat anchors in the third row.

The Tribeca is one of the only seven seaters to provide this functionality and its a BIG feature.

Servicing and running costs

Rating: 3.0 out of 5 stars

Servicing costs aren’t that bad. There are lots of Subaru dealers and private mechanics who love them to provide competitive servicing. I’m happy to pay for the ongoing safety of my family!Running costs reflect my comments regarding the engine /vehicle combination. Your pushing the engine harder to get the weight around. We average around 14-16L/100km but the car gets mostly short trips and we have a mountain to climb to get home!

The previous owners were getting more like 9-11L. We should move to a flatter location!!

Aesthetics styling

Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

We really like the styling of this first model Tribeca, while we do appreciate the more reserved styling of the updated model. We think if you squint you’ll see styling cues from the big Porsche Cayenne at the front and rear. I can’t believe that some big US magazine voted this model one of the ugliest 100 cars ever!

What would they know. The inside of the car looks great with the wrap around dash and everything suits a modern, slightly futuristic feel that isn’t over the top.

Safety and security

Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars

Subaru’s have always been safe cars and we’ve now had three. The AWD makes the car so sure footed on the road, while the 8 airbags keep everyone feeling very safe inside.Security seems fine to me, we’ve never had any problems yet (touches the nearest bit of wood). There aren’t a lot of them around and there are other more inviting targets.

Insurance is very reasonable for the car.

Quality and reliability

Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

This car is now 6 years old but there aren’t really any squeaks or rattles except on the rough roads. The car still looks brand new inside which I think reflects the quality of design and workmanship in the interior. We had a Subaru Outback which we sold with over 310,000 kms and still you going strong.

I expect this one to be the same.

Overall verdict

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Great car! Only a few minor issues for me. This is a great family car with the versatility of seven seats, the surety, safety and performance expected of and delivered by Subaru.This is our third Subaru and not the last.

It will be a family car for a good long time.I would recommend it!

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