What is it?
Available as either a five- or seven-seater, the Subaru B9 Tribeca is Subaru's first SUV in the modern sense of the word. We tried the SE5 which has – you've guessed it – five seats.
What is it like?
Rather brutal to look at, although we have to concede it's better in the metal, where it also shows up the not-exactly-pretty Porsche Cayenne. Things improve considerably when you get in (and not just because you can't see the front from inside).
The interior is a real step forward for Subaru – it's plusher than the recently tweaked Legacy's cabin. There's also a lot in the plush interior – all models, from the £28,995 S5 to the £33,995 SE7 come with dual-zone air-con, powered front seats, front, side and curtain airbags and a six-disc CD changer, plus you also get a five-speed automatic gearbox, 18in alloys and front fog lights. SE trim adds leather upholstery, heated memory seats, a sunroof and full-colour sat-nav with a reversing camera.
The SE7 also has two extra seats, extra rear air-con and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. What you may have noticed among all that, however, is that there is no choice of drivetrain – the 3.0-litre 242bhp, 219lb ft flat-six engine (as used in the Legacy Spec B) is your only option. That's no bad thing for performance, which is respectable at 9.3sec 0-60mph and 121mph flat out, but it isn't great for fuel economy, at 23mpg combined.