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Subaru Outback

The independent definitive Subaru Outback video review

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    BACK ONCE AGAIN (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

    The Subaru Outback has been thoroughly updated and it now makes more sense than ever. Jonathan Crouch reports.

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 95

    Subaru's Outback isn't an SUV but offers most of what that class of vehicle provides in a package that's a little more rugged than your average jacked-up large 4x4 estate. After all, its permanent Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system will keep you going long after most other all-wheel drive estates, Crossovers and compact SUVs have waved the white flag. This improved fifth generation design is smarter, safer, cleverer, classier and more more technologically up to date. It might remain a rare choice - but for the right kind of buyer, it's potentially a very good one.

    Backgroundword count: 130

    The Subaru Outback. With a history going all the way back to 1995, it was the original off-road-orientated family estate, with an image that, at the turn of the century, placed it comfortably alongside big Volvos and Land Rovers as a preferred choice for the tweed jacketed country set. In more recent times, it's been a rarer sight on our roads - something Subaru's importers would like to change, with the introduction of a much improved version of the fifth generation design that was originally launched in 2015. Enhancements to this revised model include the standardisation of petrol power, the addition of a new front and side-view camera system and enhancements to the 'EyeSight' camera-driven safety set-up. More importantly, it's all still matched to the same tough, practical 4WD package.

    Driving Experienceword count: 238

    Subaru doesn't offers its 2.0-litre diesel engine any more - or manual transmission come to that. So Outback customers are limited to a 2.5-litre 175PS four cylinder petrol powerplant mated to a Lineartronic automatic gearbox. Well, when I say 'automatic', it's strictly speaking a seven-step constantly variable transmission with 'virtual' ratios, but you get the idea. There's no clutch pedal. As usual with the brand, the engine up-front is a Boxer unit and due to its size and shape, it's installed lower down and further back than a conventional powerplant for a lower centre of gravity. Boxer technology - with its unique 'punch-counterpunch' rotational cycle - offers smoothness, low vibration and noise, plus excellent accelerator response. The 2.5-litre engine produces 235Nm torque at 4,000rpm. As before, you get a healthy 200mm of ground clearance and Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system features on all models. For better off road traction, the Lineartronic CVT auto gearbox is mated to a centre differential with a viscous limited slip differential. Helping off road is the clever 'X-Mode' set-up, an integrated control system that oversees and co-ordinates the operation of the transmission, the All-Wheel Drive mechanicals and the VDC dynamics control. Press the appropriate dash-mounted button and 'X-Mode' tweaks all of these systems for off road use and adds in Hill Descent Control for steep slopes. The result is a set of off road capabilities not far off those of full-blown SUVs.

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    Statistics (subset of data only)

    Min

    Max

    Combined mpg:

    33.6

    47.8

    CO2 (g/km):

    155

    Extra urban mpg:

    42.2

    54.3

    Insurance group:

    20

    21

    Price:

    28870

    30075

    Urban mpg:

    25

    39.8

    Weight (kg):

    1534

    1573

    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: Crossover or SUV 4x4s

    Performance
    70%
    Handling
    70%
    Comfort
    80%
    Space
    80%
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