Subaru Outback

4/5
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Verdict

The Subaru Outback is a very practical family car with real off-road capability. It may not have the style or flair of rivals, but relies on its rugged high riding off-road appeal.

Performance

The Outback is available with one diesel engine and with a choice of three different trim levels. The diesel option is the same smooth but powerful 2.0 litre four cylinder turbo diesel found in the Forester and XV Crossover. It packs 150bhp and a hefty 350Nm of torque. The Outback is also fitted with Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel-drive system across the range and comes with a choice of a 6-speed manual or Lineartronic automatic gearbox. It performs better overall when mated to the 6-speed manual as the automatic works well, but it can make the Outback feel a little sluggish at times.

Ride & Handling

On the road the Subaru Outback provides a comfortable ride overall. It’s good in and out of the corners and grips well with reasonable response from the steering. Its slightly elevated ride height of 200mm gives the impression that you are in a 4x4 and that ground clearance and additional rubber mouldings are there for that very reason. This is where the Outback is truly at home. It is brilliant off-road and makes it way up and down slippy inclines and declines tackling rough terrain in its stride.

Refinement

The Outback comes with a choice of three trim levels to choose from. These are SE, SE Premium and SE Premium EyeSight. The entry level SE trim comes with a huge amount of standard specification that includes automatic headlights with washers, folding electric mirrors, UV protected privacy glass, 17 inch alloy wheels, roof rails, roof spoiler, leather steering wheel and gear knob, electric windows, dual-zone climate control and Subaru Starlink infotainment system. Higher spec models come with the 5 inch full colour LCD screen, a power sliding sunroof and leather seats to name a few.

Quality & Reliability

The Interior layout of the Outback’s cabin is similar to that of its Forester and XV Crossover siblings. While it looks and feels robust and is of strong build quality, it just lacks the flair you get with it competing marques like the Volvo XC60, Mazda CX-5 and Audi A4 Allroad. The materials used feel hard to the touch and are not of the highest quality. There are some nice contrast effects between the piano black inserts and brushed aluminium style trim on the dashboard. Like its siblings, it is ergonomically sound with a focus on function over form.

Safety & Security

The Outback is a very safe family car scoring the maximum five star rating in Euro NCAP crash testing. It comes with a large amount of safety equipment that includes anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, seatbelt indicator, front seatbelts with pre-tensioners, brake assist system, brake override, ISO-FIX and a full host of standard and curtain airbags.

Space & Practicality

The Outback is a very spacious car with an airy interior feel. There is ample space for adults in the front and rear, fitting three adults comfortably across the back seat. There is also good storage about the cabin for general everyday items thanks to deep door pockets, a decent size glovebox and cubby underneath the central armrest. The boot on the Outback is very impressive standing a huge 512 litres of space. The boot lid is large too so the opening is very wide. The rear bench also folds forward in a 60:40 split to open up the full cabin to a cavernous 1848 litres of space, enabling you to load pretty much anything you want.

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Key Facts

Make

Subaru

Model
Outback
Variant
2.0D S
Trim
S
Car Category
Estates
First Launched
2014
Engine (L)
2.0
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
6 Speed
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
Crossover
Price New
€40,995
CBG Expert Rating
4.0

Running Costs

Tax
€390
Tax Band
C
L/100km Combined
5.6
Average km/L
17.9
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
60
Fuel Tank Range
1071 km
Cost of filling a tank
€73.14
Average Cost Per 200 km
€13.65
CO2 emmissions
145 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
148 bhp
Max Power kW
110
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1998
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, longitudinal
Number of valves
4
Aspiration
Turbo
Top speed
192 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
9.7 s
L/100km Urban
7.10 L
L/100km Extra Urban
5.20 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Crossover
Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity
512 L

Warranty

All Components
5 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
5 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year warranty
Paintwork
3 Year warranty for paint defects
Mileage
160,000
Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5

Dimensions

Boot capacity
512 L
Wheels
All wheel drive (4x4)
Tyre size front
225/65 R17 mm
Tyre size back
225/65 R17 mm
Rim size
7J × 17 mm
Length
4790 mm
Width
1820 mm
Height
1605 mm
Wheel Base
2745 mm
Front Track (mm)
1605
Rear Track (mm)
1540
Kerb weight
1571 KG
Turning circle (m)
11

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Boxer
Engine Type
Front, longitudinal
Fuel Delivery
Diesel Commonrail
Front Suspension
Independent type McPherson
Rear Suspension
Double wishbone
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
148 bhp
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Crossover
€40,995
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €390
  • Boot Capacity 512 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 148 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.7 s
  • New Price €40,995
Crossover
€43,495
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €390
  • Boot Capacity 512 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 148 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.7 s
  • New Price €43,495
Crossover
€45,995
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €390
  • Boot Capacity 512 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 148 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.7 s
  • New Price €45,995
Crossover
€46,995
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 1 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €570
  • Boot Capacity 512 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 148 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.9 s
  • New Price €46,995
Crossover
€49,995
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 1 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €570
  • Boot Capacity 512 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 148 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.9 s
  • New Price €49,995