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Subaru ups warranty to five years

Subaru becomes the latest manufacturer to increase its warranty terms.

All new Subarus sold from January 1, 2019 will be covered by an updated five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, up from the brand’s previous three-year offering.

Subaru was under pressure as one of the few remaining Asian manufacturers offering a three-year warranty in Australia, with big-name rivals like Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi and Hyundai offering five-year warranties.

Suzuki, Nissan and Toyota are still offering a three-year/unlimited kilometre promise, while Kia is still the bar to beat in many segments with its vehicles covered by a seven-year/unlimited kilometre offering.

Subaru has also adjusted its capped-price servicing program to match the five-year warranty. Pricing is dependent on model, but using the Subaru XV and Impreza as an example, the cost over three years remains unchanged at an average of $429 a year and over five years costs an average of $481.53. This is due to the introduction of an expensive ($763.97) fourth-year service.

See our Subaru capped-price servicing summary here.

Prior to Subaru’s announcement, the most recent manufacturer to start offering a permanent five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty was Volkswagen, which announced its increased warranty terms in early December.

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