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Subaru Outback

(2015 - present)

The Subaru Outback is a large estate and a more rugged version of the Subaru Legacy (no longer sold in the UK). The current model was launched in 2015 and facelifted in 2018.

The Outback occupies a rather narrow niche – aimed at buyers who want an estate and need to go off-road to a certain degree, but don’t want an SUV-style vehicle. Subaru practically pioneered this niche, but in recent years the Outback has been joined by other uprated estates. The main difference between the Outback and its rivals is that you’d probably trust the Subaru to get to places that would scare off most SUVs, while most of the rest would flinch at anything tougher than a gravel path.

The Subaru Outback has received average to good reviews from most of the UK motoring media. It has been particularly praised for its genuine off-roading ability and generous equipment levels, but criticised for its on-road performance and higher-than-average running costs.

Body style: Estate
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £30,010 on-road

Launched: Spring 2015
Last updated: Spring 2018
Replacement due: TBA

MEDIA REVIEWS

Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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SAFETY RATING

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2014

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85%

ADULT OCCUPANT

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87%

CHILD OCCUPANT

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70%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

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73%

SAFETY ASSIST

ECO RATING

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: 2.5-litre petrol automatic
Date tested: February 2019

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6.5 / 10

CLEAN AIR INDEX

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1.8 / 10

ENERGY EFFICIENCY INDEX

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The Subaru Outback has received average to good reviews from the UK motoring media. It occupies a narrow niche and is genuinely capable in all conditions.

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