Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

The Eyes Have It on the Road Features Bring Peace of Mind

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

The Eyes Have It on the Road Features Bring Peace of Mind

Article excerpt

ROBBO can blame yours truly for the one that got away.

Cruising from shindig to shindig during our teenage years, his charms had won over a young lady and things were moving along nicely in the back seat.

That was until I was distracted while behind the wheel.

Some CDs had been moved by her excitable feet, I looked down and that led the prized VL Commodore to veer into the dirt, causing a fishtail and then ultimately a reverse park into some trees at 80kmh.

Some EyeSight would have come in handy on that fateful evening.

Aptly named, it's essentially Subaru's latest technology which provides another set of eyes on the road and links it with the latest safety gear.

Providing driver alerts when straying from lanes as well as radar cruise control a the system can even automatically brake to help avoid or reduce the impact of a collision.

We've seen many of these features on the European offerings with much bigger price-tags, and it is now standard on Liberty and Outback range-topping derivatives.

Comfort

While there is a swag of extra technology involved with the EyeSight's inclusion, the only cue comes via the enclosed roof-mounted cameras which flank the rear vision mirror on the roof.

There are some additional icons in the driver's main binnacle, but the safety gear works silently as you go about your business.

The cabin is one of space and functionality, with some premium finishes thrown into the mix.

Some hard plastics in the centre console and dash are the only minor blemishes in a collaboration of buttons and dials that are simple to navigate.

Head, leg and elbow room is good from all vantage points, with the leather seats supportive in the right spots.

Electric front seat adjustment and a telescopic steering wheel provides extra comfort options for the pilot.

On the road

Smooth and responsive, the six-cylinder petrol moves the Outback along nicely.

Combined with an automatic continuously variable transmission, the pairing works well.

The acceleration is particularly strong and there is always ample grunt on tap to squeeze through a hole in traffic or overtake on the highway.

Steering can feel too light and some body roll is evident if you push the sporting envelope on bends.

This was the best experience we've had with Subaru's dynamics control.

The intelligent mode was actually useful for most conditions, and you only needed to turn the control knob into asporta and asport#a when you really wanted to up the ante.

The EyeSight technology does keep you on the straight and narrow. Lane departure and sway warnings beep when you are crossing lines without indicating, and drivers who are blasA[c] will quickly find their habits need correcting.

Two stereo cameras can recognise pedestrians, motorcycles and cyclists and they are used to assist pre-crash braking to help minimise an impact. …

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