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Subaru Liberty Wagon Review Australia | Features, Specification, Price

Subaru Liberty Wagon Review Australia


For some the brand matters, for others the car matters. Well, if you are looking for a strongly-built mid-sized car with an international name and desirable specs, Subaru has the Subaru Liberty for you. Subaru is a renowned Japanese automobile producing company. Outside Australia, Liberty is known as a Subaru Legacy. It is available in two body styles: compact car, and mid-sized car.


You can choose either a 4-door sedan or a 5-door station wagon. All trims have a premiere cabin, lavish interior, and imposing layout. Besides, it has a sturdy frame and easy-to-handle steering management. The company presents these models in 7 generations. Every model has received an upgrade making the vehicle more efficient.


Generation I: 1990 to 1994 (manufacturing started in 1989)

Generation II: 1995 to 1999 (manufacturing started 1994)

Generation III: 2000 to 2004 (manufacturing started 1999)

Generation IV: 2005 to 2009 (manufacturing started 2004)

Generation V: 2010 to 2014 (manufacturing started 2009)

Generation VI: 2015 to 2019 (manufacturing started 2014)

Generation VII: 2020 - continued (manufacturing started 2019)



It has a genuine motor system letting you enjoy a smooth and faster ride. You will not find the engine sluggish. And, you will definitely get disappointed with its high-class brake setup. To provide stopping power, the vehicles are equipped with ventilated brakes. There are adaptable suspensions. The suspensions have flexible coils, bars, and stabilizers. The latest generations have engines complemented with the smoothest gearbox. The earliest models might give you a tough time handling the stiff steering. Their road performance is also not satisfactory. They lack either an inspiring engine or manageable and quick transmission.


4th generation - 2004 to 2009:

Do you prefer driving a car in auto mode or a manual? Subaru Liberty features both. You have four options of the gearbox to choose from. These include 4-speed and 5-speed automatic, 5-speed, and 6-speed manual. The company has successfully engineered compatible engines. These are available in 7 varieties. Basically, you can choose from 2.0, 2.5, and 3.0 liters engine capacity. Two SOHC engines are available as 2.0L EJ20-H4 and 2.5L EJ253-H4. It is fitted in base model 2.0i. It provides almost 140 PS maximum power. Moving on to the DOHC engine options, you have 2.0L EJ20-H4, 2.0L TD EE20-H4 DOHC, and 6-cyl 3.0L EZ30 DOHC. Not available in 2.5L selection. The 2.0R trims are characterized by a 2.0L DOHC engine offering 165 PS power. Moreover, the recommended option is the latest 3.0L engine. It is installed in 3.0R and 3.0R variants producing the highest power of 250 PS.


Need a turbocharged engine? 4th generation vehicles have it, as well:

2.0L Turbocharged EJ20-H4 DOHC (available in 2.0 Subaru Liberty GT wagon and 2.0GT trims)

2.5L Turbocharged EJ255-H4 DOHC


6th generation:

The Subaru Legacy of the 6th generation has 5 visually appealing trims. These are the base model 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Sport, 2.5i Limited, and 3.6R Limited. You are provided with the option of two transmissions: 8-speed Lineartronic CVT and 6-speed manual. From the customers’ reviews, the CVT is the preferable selection. Besides, the manual transmission has been discontinued. The unique aspect of its AWD vehicles is horizontally opposed engine placement. All engines are installed up front. Old engine options are a 2.5L DOHC flat-4 FB25 with 170 hp and a 3.6L DOHC flat-6 EZ36D with 256 hp.


The two all-new engines with outclass system are:

2.5 L SOHC 4-cyl, i-AVLS

2.0 L DOHC 4-cyl turbocharged diesel EE20


Its 5-door station wagon named “outback” which is also an AWD has the DOHC and SOHC options. The preferable one is an absolutely 3.6L engine. The Australian models have CVT installed in all models but 2.0D SE and 2.0D SE Premium have the option of manual.  


7th generation:

Now, these 4-door sedans of Subaru Liberty have the best surprise. All-new upgraded 2.5L 4cyl, FB25 engine with direct injection and 136 kW power. You have another good option of the turbocharged 2.4L FA24 flat-4 engine. It gives 194 kW power. It also offers well-balanced handling in both transmissions.



All trims of the latest generations have the following features as a standard:

Digital display with touch screen audio system

CD and DVD player with MP3 compatibility


WMA and iPod with Apple Car Play/Android Auto compatibility

Aux USB portals

Receptive Bluetooth connectivity

Voice command system.

Bluetooth and cruise control over the steering wheel

2-zones climate control

Automatic, light-sensing Headlamps

Automatic sensing wipers

LED DRLs, fog-lights, tail-lights, rear indicators and stop-lights

A reversing camera

Leather-wrapped interior

18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels made lightweight

Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive) offering two driving modes: Sport and Intelligent


4th generation sedan and wagons have some particular colors to offer for your exterior to give a fancier look. The front has a unique bold grille perfecting aero-style bumpers. The 6th generation called "Subaru Liberty Final Edition" vehicles is sold in Australia. It features STi wheel and body parts, and advanced infotainment.


Base 2.5i model comes with additional Halogen projector low-beam headlamps, a 4-speaker audio setup, 6-way height-adjustable driver, and 4-way passenger seat but unfortunately not powered. Enjoy your rides with a 6.2’’ HD touchscreen. 2.5i Premium the screen gets bigger and speaker system gets. If you want heated front seats with an 8-way powered modifiable driver's seat, the premium is the best trim. The 2.5i Limited model has some extra luxuries. There are 12-speaker audio systems, a matte faux-wood trimmed cabin, two USB portals, and a passive keyless entry.


Safety features:

The value of the vehicle increases with its safety features. Subaru Liberty has an outstanding safety system installed. It is called EyeSight.


It is an active safety system including:

Windshield-mounted twin CCD cameras

Simulating stereoscopic images

Adaptive Cruise Control with satellite navigation to adjust the speed of the car, automatically

Pre-Collision Braking (prevents a collision while driving at 25 mph (ca. 40 kilometers per hour) towards an obstacle)

Lane Departure with Sway warning (2015 model and onward)

Lane Keep Assist (2016 model and onward)

Steering Responsive Foglights (2019 model and onward)

Adaptive Driving Beam (2018 model and onward)

Subaru's side monitoring setup features. It includes Blind Spot Alert, Lane Change Assist, and Cross-Traffic Alert System.

Facial recognition system (2017 model and onward)


2020 specifications of Subaru Liberty:

Fuel tank capacity is satisfactory of 60L

Transmission is available only in 6-speed automatic

It has all AWD vehicles

All-new restyled headlights and the taillights

11.6’’ touchscreen in high-performance and dual 7.0’’ touchscreen in lower-spec models

The base engine is 2.5L 4-cyl aspirated producing 136kW@5800rpm power. The higher models have a 2.4L turbocharged 4-cyl engine delivering 194kW@5600rpm.

The option of 17- or 18-inch alloy wheel

USB ports

6-speaker stereo

7 airbags

Split fold seats with seat-back pocket

Rain-sensing, intermittent wipers

Trip computer


Final verdict:

Subaru Liberty models have smart styling but it bland. The space inside the cabin is brilliant. The latest models will give you a taste of boosted power and torquey engine. But it is known to have heavy oil consumption so be careful. Although reading reviews can clear up the mind, another best thing is to get the car history details you seek about past accidents, theft, or driving incidents.We are bringing an easily accessible online portal on our user-friendly website Quick Revs, where you can get instant details on your car by simply entering model details.

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