Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (SAWD):

All new Subaru models sold through the NZ Subaru Authorised Dealer Network feature Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive as standard. 

SAWD delivers engine power to all four wheels simultaneously. Having power distributed across all four wheels, rather than two on conventional vehicles, gives you twice the grip capacity. So under acceleration there’s more grip for cornering and more capacity to keep on track through the corners. Ultimately, having the driving force spread across all four wheels means greater control and confidence.

Feature: Drive distribution to all four wheels all the time.
Benefit: Immediate drive power to all four wheels.

See the full benefits of our SAWD system:




See the SAWD system in action with Cody Crocker, Subaru Australia motorsport driver:


Symmetrical Drivetrain:

Subaru’s balance and control comes from its low centre of gravity and near perfect symmetrical layout. A symmetrical layout means an innate sense of balance is built in from the ground up - it has fewer parts and does not need a side transfer case like some non-symmetrical four wheel drivetrains. The advantage of a Symmetrical drivetrain with a lower centre gravity, is that it has a lower weight transfer, and therefore a higher level of total grip during cornering.

Feature: Symmetrical drivetrain layout with equal left/right weight balance.
Benefit: Improved vehicle stability, cornering grip and no torque steer.

See the full benefits of our symmetrical drivetrain versus a four-wheel drivetrain: