Subaru Outback Road Test

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Subaru Outback Review

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although other Subaru's recently tested have scored very well in the latest tests...


The new Subaru Outback has yet to be tested by Euro NCAP, although other Subaru’s recently tested have scored very well in the latest tests.

Standard safety equipment includes anti-lock braking (ABS) with EBD, Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC / ESP) with Traction Control, Hill Start Assist, Trailer Stability Control and seven airbags that include a driver’s knee bag.


The Outback comes with single slot CD player with AM/FM radio with six-speakers, there are USB and auxiliary input jacks plus Bluetooth telephone connectivity. The main audio controls are replicated on the back of the steering wheel – and that’s about that.

The Competition
  • Audi A4 & A6 Allroad
  • Skoda Superb Outdoor
  • Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer
  • Volvo XC70
  • Volkswagen Passat Alltrack
What We Liked
  • Four Wheel Drive Traction
  • Handling
  • Five Year / 100,000 mile warranty
What We Disliked
  • Too expensive
  • Uninspiring styling
  • Dated interior
  • Window only one shot down on the driver’s side

We had a soft spot for the Subaru Outback, it may not be the most dynamic of estate cars, but it is what it is – a country car with reassuring grip and all-wheel-drive which is great at eating up country lanes in the winter. It is well engineered if not a little bland and perhaps even boring but that does not make it a bad car – far from it, the only real downside is the price but go and test it you might be pleasantly surprised.

2 February 2014 Melanie Carter
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Subaru Outback Road Test Data
Model ReviewedSubaru Outback 2.0D SX
Body Type5-door Estate
ColourDark Grey Metallic
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph9.7 Seconds
Top Speed 121 mph
TransmissionCVT Lineartronic
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)166 g/km g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban37.2 mpg
Extra Urban50.4 mpg
Combined44.8 mpg
Insurance Group
Euro NCAP Rating
Warranty5 years / 100,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 02/02/14)£31,495

The information contained within this Subaru Outback review may have changed since publication on the 2 February 2014. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Subaru dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2019