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2014. - Production 2013. -
J - SUV Vehicle class J - SUV
suv, 5 door Body style suv, 5 door
Front Wheel drive 4 x 4
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4273 mm
Length 4450 mm
1796 mm
Width 1780 mm
1608 mm
Height 1570 mm
350 liters
Boot (min) 380 liters
350 liters
Boot (max) 1270 liters
48 liters
Fuel tank 60 liters
Engine
Diesel Fuel Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Boxer, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo Aspiration Turbo
1598 cc
Displacement 1998 cc
120 hp
Power 150 hp
300 Nm
Torque 350 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1320 kg
Vehicle weight 1390 kg
10.5 s
Acc. 0-100 9.3 s
186 km/h
Top speed 198 km/h
4.7 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 6.8 l/100km
3.8 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.0 l/100km
4.1 l/100km
Cons. (average) 5.6 l/100km
109 g/km
CO2 emissions 146 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
kg
Vehicle weight kg
s
Acc. 0-100 s
km/h
Top speed km/h
l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Expenses
14190 EUR
Price from 22990 EUR
Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Two significantly similar cars, no doubt about that. Still, each one has something different to offer. Having both cars powered by diesel engines and utilizing the 5-door suv body style within the same 'SUV' segment, the only major difference here really is their wheel drive configuration (front for the FIAT and 4 x 4 in the case of the Subaru). The first one has a FIAT-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 120hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 150hp engine designed by Subaru.

Safety

The first thing to look into here would be the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests performed on the two cars. Good thing is that both vehicles got tested, with the Subaru being a slightly better choice apparently. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. Both vehicles belong to the suv segment, which is generally a very good thing safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. On the other hand, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the Japanese car offers a marginal difference of 5% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that FIAT does have a slight advantage, all the models observed together. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of FIAT with an average rating of 4.2, and models under the Subaru badge with 4.6 out of 5. Unfortunatelly, I don't have enough insight that would allow me to comment in more details on the specific models level. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the Italian car rank it on average as 4.8, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.7 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Subaru is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.2 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 198 kilometers per hour, 12km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the Italian car, averaging around 4.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (69 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 37% difference compared to the Japanese car.

Verdict

FIAT appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the Japanese car offers much better overall protection, which launches it ahead of the other contender. It all continues in the same direction, with Subaru being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... It's really tough to make a final decision here, but if I'd need to, I'd say Subaru. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. I suggest you spend two more minutes in order to find out which car, based on your needs and budget, would be picked by the virtual adviser™, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.
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