Subaru Exiga 2.0 GT Review
One for the family, one for the boys

Story by Jeremy Chua, pictures by Azfar Hashim
12 Jan 2009
 

At least with this MPV, you can have driving fun AND load-lugging capability

The exterior - spot the differences

They are called “minivans” or MPVs. They’re the ubiquitous vehicles you see everyday whose foremost duty is to comfortably ferry people around whilst still having enough room to haul their cargo. More than anything else, they’re a symbol of two things: families and children.

An MPV from Subaru definitely piques our interest. Subaru, a maker of cars that have won World Rally Championships, is now trying to entice family men (and perhaps women as well) with the Exiga. When you think of an MPV, the terms “boxer engine”, “all-wheel drive” and “turbocharger” aren’t what comes to your mind. With the Exiga GT however, they’ll be the first words to roll off your tongue.    

Both the Exiga 2.0i and 2.0 GT come equipped with body kits, but the easiest way to tell them apart is by the presence of that bonnet scoop on the GT variant.  The 17-inch gun-metal rims which have 215/50 R-17 Yokohama rubbers wrapped around them are also a giveaway, since the 2.0i model only has 16-inch wheels (which aren’t too shoddy themselves) with 205/60 R-16 tyres. 

The GT-spec Exiga comes with HID headlamps as compared to the halogen ones on the 2.0i. Finally, the GT variant’s body kit also comes with the addition of a roof spoiler, while its lesser sibling has to make do without one.

The Exiga could easily be mistaken for a Legacy wagon, albeit with a taller roofline. And from some rear angles, it even looks similar to the Outback. But nevertheless, it looks good as a whole. As a matter of fact, I wouldn’t be ashamed if my friends saw me driving one.



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Engine

Engine Capacity 1994cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Flat 4
Compression Ratio 9.0:1
Bore x Stroke (92.0 x 75.0)mm
Power 225bhp @ 5600rpm
Torque 326Nm @ 4400rpm
Power to Weight 141.5 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 7.4s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 180 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 11.0 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 5 -speed Auto Tiptronic
Drive Type F4

Measurements

Body Type MPV
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4740 x 1775 x 1660) mm
Wheelbase 2750 mm
Turning Circle 5.5 metres
Kerb Weight 1590 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 65 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs