More than a year ago, we published the first notes from the long-term test of the Niro EV. This time, Kia is giving way to the new Subaru Outback, which Auto123 will give 6 reviews. Here’s the second…
See also: Subaru’s 2022 Long-Term Desert Test, Part 1: The Origins and Evolution of the Wild Concept.
In launching the 2022 Wilderness variant, Subaru ditched the XT Outback, so the lineup still offers an impressive total of seven models, from the Ease ($33,380) to the Premier XT ($46,383), with the Wilderness standing near the top with an MSRP of $44,583. (freight and fee included, additional tax).
That is for the leadership of Jangwani within his clan. Now how is she different from her sisters? First, I…
“Hey! Is that the new tank you’re trying? »
He is Emiliano. I have already brought it to you. My 11-year-old neighbor – soon to be 12, he often repeats – who loves cars and who, knowing my work, often walks around my house, more precisely near my street, to discover the flavor of the week . .
“…Outer Desert!” interrupts the boy. It’s hard not to know with all these badges! »
Beautiful large crests on which the name of the model is written and the mountains and sharp peaks are given. Subaru stuck some in the back and on the front doors. It is impossible to miss them.
A connoisseur at work
Emiliano approaches the car, me and my booklet, which he looks at. “I have it too,” he said. He immediately pulls out of his pocket a notebook that has seen better days. He quickly turns the pages to find a recent text written in neat, well-spaced letters like he learned in elementary school.
In comparison, my flying paws are inexplicable. It looks like shorthand. Which I have to quickly transcribe on my computer because, if I take too long, I can no longer decipher my own hieroglyphics.
“What did you write in there?” I ask my little expert.
“Well, when I passed the car yesterday, I did some research. The Outback has always boasted high ground clearance. Because of its off-road claims. But all Subarus have the same ground clearance, which is 220 millimeters, or 8.7 inches if you prefer. My little neighbor often talks to me like I’m a dinosaur.
“The bushing is 10 mm longer (total of 9 inches) because we lengthened the suspension springs. »
“Good move, Sherlock! Besides, what do you see from outside?”
“It still flies at you. First the black moldings on the wheels. The exterior has always had it. It’s kind of giving him a weapon. The Wild pushes the idea further. »
Emiliano runs his hand over the black plastic set. “Look at that width and even the strange angles. It looks like a Transformers bra. »
“Yes, I had written Grendizer but it’s okay. »
“Goldowhat? Emiliano is surprised.
” Don’t worry. I’m continuing the review. “I like the look of the hero of the matte black rims and 17” Yokohama Geolandar tires. Bumpers also tasted the Desert medicine. They are bigger, stronger than usual. »
“And they consist of these funny gold-colored squares,” adds Emiliano. I checked on Subaru’s website. You can choose from six different colors of Desert, but no matter what you choose, these things are always gold. »
“A dream, as you can see, repeated elsewhere in the car: there (I point to the roof rails); and there (I open the driver’s side door to show him the steering wheel and gear knob where the same gold shines); and there (a piece of fabric hanging from the top – also gold – which reminds us of a label on a garment that explains how to wash it). And do you know, my friend, that those colored pads – Subaru calls it “copper anodized” – are not just decorative? »
“The ones on the bumpers can be removed to access the towing hooks and the ones on the roof hide the tie-down anchors for various Thule carriers (bikes, kayaks, etc). »
In addition, Emiliano kneels in front of the grille – also special, he says – and bangs the bottom of the chassis with his fist. It sounds full. “They put protective plates. He says. He gets up and points to a wide black belt stuck to the helmet. “And you know what that’s for? »
I know but I don’t want to spoil his pleasure. “It is to prevent the sun from blinding the driver. Like the “Black Eye” of soccer players when they put shoe polish under their eyes. »
Nuances in the cabin
Inside the Desert, apart from the gold accents already mentioned, the differences from the rest of the Outside are aesthetic. Once again, the designers have made sure that the name of the model has not been forgotten. It is found on the head restraints of the front seats and on the floor mats.
“Touch the chair,” I say to Emiliano.
He runs away. “Wow! It’s sweet and a little weird. It looks like a wetsuit ball. »
The idea is to make the seats easily washable when you return dirty from an expedition to the top of the Himalayas… or Mount St-Bruno. In the same spirit, floor mats have moved away from cotton in favor of another type of rubber that is easier to maintain.
Otherwise, the interior is quite similar to the rest of the Exterior, except for the “gun gray” finish of some trims (instead of black or silver). The occupants of the back seat have no more legroom – quite enough besides – since the wheelbase has remained the same (2745 mm). On the other hand, the length of the Desert got an additional 20 mm.
“Okay, I think we’ve covered the important things. Anything else, Emiliano? »
“Just tell me that I see your desert cool. I’m not sure I’d choose white, though. I would prefer it blue. »
“Blue hell pearl”, I mention. This is the color you saw in our first chapter of this essay.
My young assistant shrugs his shoulders, looking me straight in the eye: “Worse, can you drive it now? »
Absolutely. It’s time for our next column…