The fifth generation of the Subaru Outback is on sale and it has an all-new exterior, an improved interior and lots of new safety kit.
The Outback is the flagship of the Subaru range and was launched in 1995 – though the firm likes to think of it as the first crossover vehicle in the world.
It is still essentially an excellent passenger estate car but with impressive off-road abilities – it’s this go anywhere ability that will help to make it a popular buy again.
Among the changes to the cabin are the use of better quality materials to help give a premium feel and the new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment and satnav system.
Equipment for the new Subaru Outback
There’s also more space in the cabin and storage as well as plus more room for occupants, especially in the back seat. The boot has been slightly enlarged and now measures 559litres with a new powered tailgate for ease-of-use.
Safety equipment includes the firm’s EyeSight which is a collision avoidance technology. It’s the first time Subaru have added this equipment for sale in the UK which monitors both sides and the front of the vehicle for cyclists, pedestrians and vehicles for hazards.
Other standard kit includes cruise control, 17 inch alloy wheels, privacy glass and 17 inch alloy wheels. There’s also a rearview parking camera and smartphone connectivity.
Subaru Outback rates highly for safety
The Subaru Outback also has a maximum Euro NCAP crash test rating of five stars and the car comes with adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and steering assist and Lane departure warning.
Buyers in the UK will be offered two engines for the Outback – the four cylinder ‘Boxer’ units; a 2 litre turbodiesel which will produce 150 PS and 2.5 litre petrol variant which will produce 175 PS.
The diesel engine will be offered with either a CVT transmission or six a speed manual gearbox while the petrol unit will come exclusively with the Lineartronic CVT.
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A lot of effort has been put into improving the Subaru Outback’s handling and ride with less roll and better reaction to bumps.
The steering is also more accurate and there’s also active torque vectoring to help control the car from the steering on corners.
To help drivers go off-road, there’s a new control feature on the Subaru Outback CVT models called ‘X-Mode’ which will help the car over a 200mm ground clearance.