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First Drive: 2019 Subaru Ascent

CAPE BRETON, NS – Sometimes it takes a large resolution to solve a tiny problem.

The tiny problem?

A conspicuous opening in a Subaru lineup where flourishing families felt they were outgrowing Crosstrek, Forester and Outback five-passenger people movers.

Up until now, a Subaru true felt forced to desert a code during that indicate for three-row Highlander, Pathfinder, Pilot, Explorer, Atlas, or other choices.

But, starting this July, a new 2019 Ascent, a biggest Subaru ever, fills that opening with heading technologies and ample three-row passenger-carrying abilities in seven- or eight-passenger pattern models.

Yes, Subaru gave this a shot in an progressing epoch with a oddity and luckless B9 Tribeca.

But a new Ascent that’s bigger, improved planned, improved proportioned and packaged with complicated techs and features, should make a incomparable dash in a burgeoning mid-size SUV segment.

First Drive: 2019 Subaru AscentFirst Drive: 2019 Subaru Ascent

If you’re opening late to a party, we competence as good make a grand entrance.

And a Ascent does only that, building on Subaru’s latest tellurian height with association core values such as a code customary Subaru exquisite full-time all-wheel-drive with low-speed X-Mode and Hill Descent Control, a horizontally-opposed fighter engine blueprint with a unique low centre of sobriety doing traits, and with a prolonged list of other reserve and opening technologies enclosed in this new SUV flagship.

Subaru also combined a EyeSight monitoring complement as customary equipment.

This routinely discretionary medicine reserve apartment reduced pedestrian-related word claims by 35 per cent in prior applications and, along with pre-collision braking and stop assist, includes stifle management, adaptive journey control, line lean warning and lane-keep assist, along with lead car start alert.

And a prolonged list of other customary and accessible facilities includes a series of firsts for Subaru including a new intelligent rearview camera, new front-view camera, new customary three-zone meridian control, rain-sensing wipers, bigger 20-inch wheels, ambient interior lighting, built-in behind doorway sunshades, third quarrel USB ports, a new breathtaking sunroof, a driver’s chair prolongation and ventilated seats.

The Ascent comes in 4 trims – Convenience ($35,995), Touring ($40,995), Limited ($46,495) and Premier ($49,995).

Base versions start with an eight-passenger pattern though business can opt for a seven-passenger blueprint with second quarrel captain’s chairs accessible in Touring and Limited trims ($500), or customary in a top-of-the-line Premier model.

First Drive: 2019 Subaru AscentFirst Drive: 2019 Subaru Ascent

The Ascent pushes all a right Subaru styling buttons with a patrimonial pattern stroked with upscale pattern cues, a some-more honest grille, jewel-like headlight assemblies and robust accent lines.

Under a skin, a Ascent harnesses a new 2.4-litre direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder Boxer engine, a incomparable though lighter expansion of a WRX’s 2.0-litre FA motor.

Power is rated during 260 hp along with a rise torque rating of 277 lb/ft delivered uniformly opposite a 2,000 to 4,800 rev range. With a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 7.4 seconds, a engine creates a flesh overtly on unchanging gas and streams a oomph by a high-torque Lineartronic CVT delivery that can be stepped by an eight-speed primer mode with paddle shifters before putting energy to a cement by a all-wheel-drive.

Subaru hosted a Canadian launch of a 2019 Ascent in Nova Scotia and we was fervent to see if this four-banger unequivocally did make a kind of energy before indifferent for engines six-cylinder-sized or bigger.

And, approbation it does.

The 2.4-litre pulled unerringly along a slopes and curves of Cape Breton, moving mid-range certainty in flitting maneuvers, doing pavement and sand with aplomb, even towing large child toys, boosting a normal 908 kg (2,000) draw rating to 2,270 kg (5,000 lb) with a combined oil cooler and draw preps enclosed in all trims above a bottom Convenience level.

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Driving certainty gets a large support from a firm height that boasts frozen nonetheless courteous float and doing traits. The Ascent might be bigger though it doesn’t feel ponderous, sensitively going about a business with seemly highway manners, even feeling nimbly toss-able when pressed.

Some vehicles would exhibit their flaws over a march of a 300 km Cabot Trail exam expostulate though a Ascent’s attracts only seemed to boost with familiarity.

It helps that there’s gentle cabin space inside, with a claim aloft vantage point, and with Subaru’s slim pillars and new breathtaking sunroof adding to a ethereal open feel of a greenhouse. It’s ample adult front, as expected, though we could even “sit behind myself” with a driver’s chair racked back.

The Ascent’s behind doors open 75 degrees far-reaching for easy second quarrel access, and even third quarrel accommodation is do-able. Fold that third quarrel prosaic and a big-for-its category 504 litre load area expands to 1,345 litres, maximizing to 2,449 litres behind a initial row, finish with an underfloor storage area that can orderly reason a tonneau cover.

Other important facilities embody a prolonged list of mod cons, neat storage innovations, adult to 6 USB outlets and, ready, 19 cupholders.

I could go on and on though check a apparatus list online, generally a dollar-for-value thorough facilities that are customarily costly options with other brands.

You’ll see because this new, biggest-ever 2019 Subaru Ascent is firm to lift a lineup to new heights.

First Drive: 2019 Subaru AscentFirst Drive: 2019 Subaru Ascent

2019 Subaru Ascent

BODY STYLE: Seven-/eight-passenger mid-size CUV

DRIVE METHOD: Lineartronic CVT with Symmetrical AWD.


ENGINE: 2.4-litre, four-cylinder DIT turbocharged Boxer engine (260 hp, 277 lb/ft of torque)

FUEL ECONOMY: 11.6/9.0L/100km (city/hwy)


CARGO: 504/1345/2449 litres

TOW RATING: Up to 2,270 kg (5,000 lb) when scrupulously equipped

PRICE: Convenience ($35,995), Touring ($40,995), Limited ($46,495) and Premier ($49,995)

WEBSITE: www.subaru.ca

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