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New Subaru Outback on saleBack

SubaruOutback1The new Subaru Outback is set to go on sale from tomorrow and will be priced in the same price bracket as the current Outback, from £27,995 to £31,495. Built as a 4×4 version of the forthcoming new Legacy estate, due later this year and badged Levorg, the new Outback will go head to head with rivals such as the Volvo XC70, the Audi A4 Allroad and the Volkswagen Alltrack.

But, what do we know about the latest edition of Subaru’s family estate? The Subaru Outback 2015 is the fifth-generation model which sports revised looks, a more spacious and better quality cabin and a host of additional safety equipment. It’s built to tackle tough terrain sporting a rugged, practical design and offers superb off-road capability for an estate car, but there’s only 2 engines to choose from.


The new model comes with a choice of two engines, a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel producing 148bhp which comes with a choice of either a six speed manual or Lineartronic CVT transmission, and a 2.5-litre petrol engine with 162bhp with a CVT gearbox only. Choose the 2.0-litre engine with a manual gearbox to achieve the best balance of power and performance offering impressive figures of 46mpg on the combined cycle and 159g/km CO2 emissions.


Drive has been dramatically altered in comparison to the older model with stiffened suspension and dampers set to improve the previous car’s wobbly driving characteristics. It makes for a harder ride but handling is more secure on country roads. The Outback offers excellent off-road capability and can easily tackle muddy terrain and slushy craggy routes when necessary. Drivers can also choose ‘X-Mode’ for increased off-road ability.


As you’d expect from an estate car, there’s plenty of space for five adults, whilst the large glass area makes the cabin appear even more roomy and spacious. There is plenty of storage facilities dotted about the cabin such as deep door pockets and a large glovebox, and the boot offers large tailgate with a useful low loading lip and a 512 litre capacity. Fold the rear bench flat to reveal a 2,000 litre carrying capacit – 400 litres more than the Volvo XC70.


Despite just two trim levels, the SE and SE Premium, being available with the new model, there’s plenty of equipment included to keep buyers happy. Choose the SE trim to benefit from automatic LED headlights and headlight washers, cruise control, Active Torque Vectoring, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat and privacy glass and a 7.0-inch touch-screen infotainment system that comes with sat-nav, Smartphone connectivity and a rear view parking camera. Petrol SE models also come with a engine stop-start system and Subaru Intelligent Drive, which allows drivers to choose between different engine modes. The SE Premium adds a sunroof, keyless entry and push-button start, 18-inch alloys, leather seats and a powered rear tailgate.


The Outback has been awarded a five-star rating by Euro NCAP and all versions come fitted with electronic stability control, six airbags, seat belt reminders and ISOFIX mountings for baby seats. Standard on Outbacks with CVT transmission is Subaru’s EyeSight safety technology, an autonomous emergency braking system that uses two cameras mounted in front of the rear view mirror to detect vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and other potential hazards ahead.

SubaruOutback5Should I buy one?

The Outback will be up against all-wheel drive states and SUVs but it has proved it can quite comfortably hold its own in a crowded marketplace. Whatcar? suggest a target price of 10% lower for the existing model so buyers can assume a similar discount will be offered with the new one. If you’re looking for an estate with Subaru’s five year warranty and excellent off-road capability, the Outback beats rivals such as the Skoda Octavia Scout and Mazda CX-5 hands down, but they’re both cheaper to run.

Posted by Leana Kell on 31/03/2015