Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

MOTORNET: By a nose - Subaru Tribeca

By a nose - Subaru Tribeca


SCOOP MOTORNET with Karl Ferguson
Images by Neil Mackenzie - onlinefotos.com/neil


Click for big version

It’s unfortunate, but inevitable, that many will remember the first iteration of Subaru’s Tribeca, not for its smooth six cylinder motor, or its seven seats – a first for Subaru – but instead for its rather unfortunate front end.

Personally, I didn’t find it overly offensive and some later examples, which included a mesh grille and styling package actually looked pretty sharp. But public reaction was such that Subaru quickly rushed a facelift through and the result – not much more than a year since its original launch – is a new look Tribeca.

The good news for the previously offended is that the front-end of the revamped Tribeca is now so innocuous as to be a little bland. Hopefully, that in itself won’t be offensive. Even so, its large chrome grille is reasonably handsome and while few will find the overall look of the Tribeca to be stunning, most would describe it as pleasing. New wheels and a revised rear-end complete the exterior makeover.

Under the bonnet, the Tribeca sports a larger more powerful motor, capacity increasing to 3.6 litres. Numbers are impressive, with the Boxer flat six producing 190kW and 350Nm of torque. Nail the throttle and the Tribeca fairly leaps into action. Acceleration is strong, and comes complete with the Boxer’s distinctive engine note so familiar to regular Subaru drivers. NZ Autocar recorded a 0-100km/h sprint of 9.1 seconds, and in real world driving, it seems even quicker. The acceleration also feels very car-like, unlike most SUVs which are increasingly coming fitted with high torque diesels – great in many respects, but often not quite so responsive.


Click for big version

Fuel consumption is also improved, down from 12.4 litres to 11.6 per 100km, and it will also run on the less expensive (but still pricey!) 91 octane meaning recent diesel converts could be swayed in its direction.

Ride is generally good too, and while some will find it on the firm side, the upshot with a sporty SUV is that you can still get around corners without overly dramatic roll or a sense that you might end up tipping over!

And handle well it does, Subaru’s largest passenger vehicle benefiting from a relatively low centre of gravity, which ensures not just easy entry and egress, but predictable handling traits as well. While it doesn’t turn in the way the Outback does, for example, typically running wide on corners if allowed, it’s pretty well controlled given its size and sizable kerb weight of around 1900kgs. Similarly, road holding is good and body roll generally not noticeable in most real world conditions.

The steering is a touch too light for my liking, and it doesn’t offer quite the feedback that most Subaru drivers will be used to, but it still does the job, and the small – again car like sized – wheel will appeal.


Click for big version

As per Mark 1, the Tribeca comes in one spec level only and that’s fully loaded. The interior is swathed in acres of leather, there’s a standard electric sunroof, rear DVD player for the kids and plenty of gadgets, chief amongst them is a touch screen on the centre console. Unfortunately, the Tribeca’s US origins show through somewhat as the central console – resembling something akin to the control station in Dr Who’s Tardis – rather aims and fails to be new and different, feeling more like an after thought. The controls aren’t that intuitive (the touch screen quickly loses ‘gee whiz’ factor after the first couple of plays) and the bright blues and silvers are a little on the garish side.


Click for big version

On the plus side, it feels generally well put together save for the odd annoying rattle from a poorly attached rear belt. Interior packaging is well thought through ensuring all seven seats can be used when needed, and useful load spaces abounding when the seats are stowed flush with the floor.


Click for big version

More positively again is the price. At a fraction under $68k, the Tribeca is nearly a full four thousand less expensive than its predecessor, no doubt due in some part to the Kiwi dollars consistently good performance against the Greenback. That makes it a genuinely competitive alternative to some of the more established Japanese brands, and well worth a look, especially if a recent arrival means your Outback suddenly seems a little short on seats.

***ENDS***

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Eric Zuesse: U.S. Empire: Biden And Kerry Gave Orders To Ukraine’s President

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at Strategic Culture On May 19th, an implicit international political warning was issued, but it wasn’t issued between countries; it was issued between allied versus opposed factions within each of two countries: U.S. and Ukraine. ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Budget Cockups In The Time Of Coronavirus: Reporting Errors And Australia’s JobKeeper Scheme

Hell has, in its raging fires, ringside seats for those who like their spreadsheets. The seating, already peopled by those from human resources, white collar criminals and accountants, becomes toastier for those who make errors with those spreadsheets. ... More>>


The Dig - COVID-19: Just Recovery

The COVID-19 crisis is compelling us to kick-start investment in a regenerative and zero-carbon future. We were bold enough to act quickly to stop the virus - can we now chart a course for a just recovery? More>>

The Conversation: Are New Zealand's New COVID-19 Laws And Powers Really A Step Towards A Police State?

Reaction to the New Zealand government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and resultant lockdown has ranged from high praise to criticism that its actions were illegal and its management chaotic. More>>


Keith Rankin: Universal Versus Targeted Assistance, A Muddled Dichotomy

The Commentariat There is a regular commentariat who appear on places such as 'The Panel' on Radio New Zealand (4pm on weekdays), and on panels on television shows such as Newshub Nation (TV3, weekends) and Q+A (TV1, Mondays). Generally, these panellists ... More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Welcome Deaths: Coronavirus And The Open Plan Office

For anybody familiar with that gruesome manifestation of the modern work place, namely the open plan office, the advent of coronavirus might be something of a relief. The prospects for infection in such spaces is simply too great. You are at risk from ... More>>

Caitlin Johnstone: Do You Consent To The New Cold War?

The world's worst Putin puppet is escalating tensions with Russia even further, with the Trump administration looking at withdrawal from more nuclear treaties in the near future. In addition to planning on withdrawing from the Open Skies Treaty ... More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Why Thinking Makes It So: Donald Trump’s Obamagate Fixation

The “gate” suffix has been wearing thin since the break-in scandal that gave it its birth. Since Watergate, virtually anything dubious and suggestive, and much more besides, is suffixed. Which brings us to the issue of President Donald Trump’s ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Ethics (and Some Of The Economics) Of Lifting The Lockdown

As New Zealand passes the half-way mark towards moving out of Level Four lockdown, the trade-offs involved in life-after-lockdown are starting to come into view. All very well for National’s finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith to claim that “The number one priority we have is to get out of the lockdown as soon as we can”…Yet as PM Jacinda Ardern pointed out a few days ago, any crude trade-off between public health and economic well-being would be a false choice... More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Brutal Choices: Anders Tegnell And Sweden’s Herd Immunity Goal

If the title of epidemiological czar were to be created, its first occupant would have to be Sweden’s Anders Tegnell. He has held sway in the face of sceptics and concern that his “herd immunity” approach to COVID-19 is a dangerous, and breathtakingly ... More>>


 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog