Every Subaru Liberty stands apart from rivals by providing full-time all-wheel drive as standard. That continues to be a major attraction, but only one of many in the sixth generation of Subaru’s mainstay.

Standard safety features now include the EyeSight system, which uses cameras to help avoid or mitigate crashes, control speed and monitor lane changes. The Liberty scored 35.99 points out of a maximum 37 in Australian crash testing.

The smooth-spinning, flat-four engine is enhanced by the best CVT auto transmission in the business, giving 7.3 litres per 100 kms consumption and strong overtaking response.

Subaru slashed prices for this new series, by $3000 for the base 2.5i, $4000 for the Premium variant we tested and $14,000 for the 6-cylinder 3.6R. Sadly, the Liberty wagon has been dropped.

The $35,490 Premium is strong value with navigation in a tablet-style screen, leather seats with electric adjustment, keyless entry, sunroof and other features.

Traditional Subaru quality in every aspect from engineering, to build, materials, finish and driveability remains at the Liberty’s core. It’s a car for discerning drivers.

From $29,990 plus on-roads | Sedan
2.5 litre 4-cyl | 129kW/235Nm
FOR: AWD, quality, value
AGAINST: No wagon
VERDICT: Quality everywhere