Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good The shape works - similar concept to the Subaru Outback or Volvo XC70 – it’s based on an existing wagon that's then raised, given extra body cladding and some 4x4 credentials (rather than a unique SUV body such as Forester or XC60). It's a smart size for today’s environment - not too big, yet enough space for the average Aussie family.
Not so good Long overhangs means it would get caught out if you tried to take it off-road for a serious workout. It's a conservative design - but we think it will age gracefully.
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good Classy European feel to the cabin - similar to Volkswagen - which is a good thing. The comfortable driver & front passenger seats can handle hours behind the wheel, plus plenty of storage compartments up front. Luxuries such as dual-zone climate control, 6-stacker CD player and heated front seats come as standard, as well as rear parking sensors to help with parking in tight spots. Large cargo space in the rear – easily swallows a mountain bike with the rear seats folded down.
Not so good It might be a little sombre inside for some as almost everything is coloured dark grey or black. Some of the plastics feel a generation behind those found in parent company Volkswagen’s current cars - less soft-feel tactile rubbery plastics. Rear seat space is found wanting if your teens excel in basketball or play the ruck position in AFL.
Performance

Performance

Good Only engine available is a 2.0L Turbo Diesel – however it’s powerful enough (especially between the sweet spot of 2,000 to 3,000 revs) and is very economical, especially for a 4x4 wagon. In this age of clever dual-clutch gearboxes and auto transmissions it’s still nice to feel a quality manual gearbox.
Not so good Turbo Diesel is noisier than petrol competitors.
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good Handles better than most Compact SUV's. There's a nice lack of body roll - thank the only-slightly raised body height (40mm) over the non-off-roader Octavia wagons.
Not so good Not really an off-road weapon - more at home on dirt roads or a trip to the snow. You'll get a slightly firm ride when you spend time on rough secondary Aussie roads.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good Whilst not cheap at $40k, it does come packed-full of useful and luxurious features. Easily ticks the safety box with 6 airbags, ABS brakes, traction & stability control. You'll have to travel a long way between fuel bowsers.
Not so good No automatic transmission on offer means only manual fans need apply. The spare wheel is an inch smaller than the 17” alloys fitted to each of the four corners?