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.
- Audi A4 & A6 Allroad
- Skoda Superb Outdoor
- Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer
- Volvo XC70
- Volkswagen Passat Alltrack
What We Liked
- Four Wheel Drive Traction
- 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
Subaru Outback Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Subaru Outback 2.0D SX|
|Body Type||5-door Estate|
|Colour||Dark Grey Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||9.7 Seconds|
|Top Speed||121 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||166 g/km g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||50.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating|
|Warranty||5 years / 100,000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 02/02/14)||£31,495|