A very reliable, versatile, and useful car
Nothing apart from routine replacement items.
This car has been absolutely reliable for seven years. This includes a couple of off road trips in the high country.
The 3-position AWD system works really well.
There is plenty of power and a really responsive throttle. Brakes are excellent.
Although only a 4-speed auto, it is adequate and changes down very readily if needed. I changed the gearbox oil at 100,000km, though it's not supposed to need it.
Comfort in the leather seats with electric adjustment is quite good, though the seating is a bit firm and could be more supportive. But it's better than the cloth seats in the cheaper models.
Legroom in the rear seats is excellent.
Storage room in the boot is good, even with the back seats up. With them down, it is very good.
Can carry quite heavy loads with no strain evident from the engine.
Fuel consumption is reasonable - around 11 litres per 100 km around town, and 8 litres on a country run.
Sun roof isn't worth it, as it's very noisy once you get above 70 kph.
Central placing of instruments is quite useful, as I like the steering wheel at the lowest position, and it means I can see all the dials completely.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th November, 2011