Pros

  • One of those rare vehicles that successfully does nearly everything for everyone.
  • Interior and exterior trim wearing well.
  • Excellent practicality and levels of equipment.
  • Very enjoyable driving experience.

Cons

  • Major concerns surrounding CVT gremlins and expensive repairs.
  • Oil consumption issues.
  • Mechanically, not as robust as many assume.
  • 6-cylinder is the pick but it is thirsty.

Verdict

The Outback is just a huge compromise but, oddly calling it a compromise is actually a compliment because there are very few other cars that can do what the Outback does.

It’s an SUV that seems to avoid many of the compromises and hits to your image that can come...

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The 5th-generation Subaru Outback is a midsize crossover SUV that boasts a rugged and versatile design, making it an excellent choice for adventurous families. This vehicle is equipped with standard all-wheel drive and raised ground clearance of 213mm, which makes it perfect for off-road adventures.

The exterior of the Subaru Outback features a muscular and chiselled design, with a sleek front grille, sharp headlights, sculpted lines, and muscular wheel arches. The Outback also features a range of advanced features such as LED headlights and fog lights, roof rails, and an available power sunroof.

The interior of the Subaru Outback offers a spacious and comfortable cabin with high-quality materials, a large boot, with flat-folding seats. The vehicle is equipped with a large infotainment system, a range of smartphone integration features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a Harman Kardon premium sound system can be had. Some grades also feature heated front and rear seats, leather-trimmed upholstery, and a power tailgate.

The Subaru Outback comes with a choice of three engines: 2.0 litre 4-cylinder engine (2.0D) 2.5 litre 4-cylinder engine (2.5i, Touring, 2.5i-X) and a 3.6-litre 6-cylinder engine (3.6R). All engines are paired with a continuously variable transmission that provides smooth and responsive acceleration. The vehicle’s all-wheel-drive system is standard and provides excellent traction on any terrain, while the raised ground clearance allows for excellent off-road capability.

Safety is a top priority for Subaru, and the Outback is no exception. The vehicle comes standard with Subaru’s EyeSight driver assistance technology,

The 5th-generation Subaru Outback is a midsize crossover SUV that boasts a rugged and versatile design, making it an excellent choice for adventurous families. This vehicle is equipped with standard all-wheel drive and raised ground clearance of 213mm, which makes it perfect for off-road adventures.

The exterior of the Subaru Outback features a muscular and chiselled design, with a sleek front grille, sharp headlights, sculpted lines, and muscular wheel arches. The Outback also features a range of advanced features such as LED headlights and fog lights, roof rails, and an available power sunroof.

The interior of the Subaru Outback offers a spacious and comfortable cabin with high-quality materials, a large boot, with flat-folding seats. The vehicle is equipped with a large infotainment system, a range of smartphone integration features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a Harman Kardon premium sound system can be had. Some grades also feature heated front and rear seats, leather-trimmed upholstery, and a power tailgate.

The Subaru Outback comes with a choice of three engines: 2.0 litre 4-cylinder engine (2.0D) 2.5 litre 4-cylinder engine (2.5i, Touring, 2.5i-X) and a 3.6-litre 6-cylinder engine (3.6R). All engines are paired with a continuously variable transmission that provides smooth and responsive acceleration. The vehicle’s all-wheel-drive system is standard and provides excellent traction on any terrain, while the raised ground clearance allows for excellent off-road capability.

Safety is a top priority for Subaru, and the Outback is no exception. The vehicle comes standard with Subaru’s EyeSight driver assistance technology, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and automatic emergency braking. Other safety features include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and reverse automatic braking.

The 5th-generation Subaru Outback is an excellent choice for families who are looking for a versatile, capable, and comfortable vehicle that can handle any adventure. Its rugged and versatile design, spacious and comfortable interior, advanced safety features, and reliable performance make it one of the best midsize crossover SUVs on the market today.

The 5th-generation Subaru Outback is a midsize crossover SUV that boasts a rugged and versatile design, making it an excellent choice for adventurous families. This vehicle is equipped with standard all-wheel drive and raised ground clearance of 213mm, which makes it perfect for off-road adventures.

The exterior of the Subaru Outback features a muscular and chiselled design, with a sleek front grille, sharp headlights, sculpted lines, and muscular wheel arches. The Outback also features a range of advanced features such as LED headlights and fog lights, roof rails, and an available power sunroof.

The interior of the Subaru Outback offers a spacious and comfortable cabin with high-quality materials, a large boot, with flat-folding seats. The vehicle is equipped with a large infotainment system, a range of smartphone integration features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a Harman Kardon premium sound system can be had. Some grades also feature heated front and rear seats, leather-trimmed upholstery, and a power tailgate.

The Subaru Outback comes with a choice of three engines: 2.0 litre 4-cylinder engine (2.0D) 2.5 litre 4-cylinder engine (2.5i, Touring, 2.5i-X) and a 3.6-litre 6-cylinder engine (3.6R). All engines are paired with a continuously variable transmission that provides smooth and responsive acceleration. The vehicle’s all-wheel-drive system is standard and provides excellent traction on any terrain, while the raised ground clearance allows for excellent off-road capability.

Safety is a top priority for Subaru, and the Outback is no exception. The vehicle comes standard with Subaru’s EyeSight driver assistance technology, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and automatic emergency braking. Other safety features include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and reverse automatic braking.

The 5th-generation Subaru Outback is an excellent choice for families who are looking for a versatile, capable, and comfortable vehicle that can handle any adventure. Its rugged and versatile design, spacious and comfortable interior, advanced safety features, and reliable performance make it one of the best midsize crossover SUVs on the market today.

Exterior:

The Blind Spot Monitoring on 2015 and 2016 models can be faulty or fail to work. Generally the system has to be recalibrated which should address the problem.

Interior:

Infotainment systems can have a range of dramas. Bluetooth connection issues, frozen screens, random system shutdowns, volume controls not working, not overly common however there are reports.

These infotainment issues are seemingly more prevalent on 2015 – 2019 models and the good news is that most of these issues can be sorted with a Software Update.

Also regarding 2015 – 2019 models, some owners have complained that the battery can drain excessively fast.

In fact, this drainage was so pronounced a class-action lawsuit was filed against Subaru claiming that Subaru know about this fault and are intentionally letting the batteries drain quicker than they should.

However a settlement was issued resulting in an extended warranty for any car that suffered from this issue.

Mechanically:

Starting with the 2.0-litre turbo diesel. Many are experiencing DPF related issues. There are a host reasons for this but the three most common causes are split intercooler pipes, clogged MAP sensor and servicing, or the lack thereof, or if the wrong oil is used, or surprisingly common the oil dilution tables aren’t reset properly after servicing, (which you need a scan tool to do properly for those of you playing at home).

The 2.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol 4-cylinder FB25 is the Subaru workhorse that is the most common in this generation of Outback.

It has a few issues, and the worst of them is oil consumption, in fact, oil consumption in the FB25 has killed plenty of examples.

They have a 12,500km service interval which is ok, but once they start using oil they wont make it to 12,500kms without a top up or two.

If these engines are not burning oil, they’re leaking it. Usually from the timing cover or cam carrier which usually leaks onto the exhaust manifold where it burns subsequently smokes and stinks. Unfortunately, to fix the oil leaks properly can cost thousands.

The 3.6-litre naturally aspirated 6-cylinder EZ36 is the pick of the bunch in terms of reliability but it does use a lot of fuel. It is far from perfect though as it also has oil leak and consumption issues although not as bad as the 4-cylinder engines however, it does have some common timing chain complications.

All of these engines in these are known for drive belt and tensioner complications and the air conditioning compressors have a relatively short life too.

Now, the transmissions. The CVT in this generation of Outback is arguably one of the most unreliable CVT’s on the market.

We’re not claiming they are all

Exterior:

The Blind Spot Monitoring on 2015 and 2016 models can be faulty or fail to work. Generally the system has to be recalibrated which should address the problem.

Interior:

Infotainment systems can have a range of dramas. Bluetooth connection issues, frozen screens, random system shutdowns, volume controls not working, not overly common however there are reports.

These infotainment issues are seemingly more prevalent on 2015 – 2019 models and the good news is that most of these issues can be sorted with a Software Update.

Also regarding 2015 – 2019 models, some owners have complained that the battery can drain excessively fast.

In fact, this drainage was so pronounced a class-action lawsuit was filed against Subaru claiming that Subaru know about this fault and are intentionally letting the batteries drain quicker than they should.

However a settlement was issued resulting in an extended warranty for any car that suffered from this issue.

Mechanically:

Starting with the 2.0-litre turbo diesel. Many are experiencing DPF related issues. There are a host reasons for this but the three most common causes are split intercooler pipes, clogged MAP sensor and servicing, or the lack thereof, or if the wrong oil is used, or surprisingly common the oil dilution tables aren’t reset properly after servicing, (which you need a scan tool to do properly for those of you playing at home).

The 2.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol 4-cylinder FB25 is the Subaru workhorse that is the most common in this generation of Outback.

It has a few issues, and the worst of them is oil consumption, in fact, oil consumption in the FB25 has killed plenty of examples.

They have a 12,500km service interval which is ok, but once they start using oil they wont make it to 12,500kms without a top up or two.

If these engines are not burning oil, they’re leaking it. Usually from the timing cover or cam carrier which usually leaks onto the exhaust manifold where it burns subsequently smokes and stinks. Unfortunately, to fix the oil leaks properly can cost thousands.

The 3.6-litre naturally aspirated 6-cylinder EZ36 is the pick of the bunch in terms of reliability but it does use a lot of fuel. It is far from perfect though as it also has oil leak and consumption issues although not as bad as the 4-cylinder engines however, it does have some common timing chain complications.

All of these engines in these are known for drive belt and tensioner complications and the air conditioning compressors have a relatively short life too.

Now, the transmissions. The CVT in this generation of Outback is arguably one of the most unreliable CVT’s on the market.

We’re not claiming they are all bad and some examples will never have a problem but those that do, (out of warranty) are often up for a $2500 to $9000 dollar repair bill.

In some markets Subaru have extended the warranty because ion these CVT issues however, those warranties wont last forever. ”

Recalls:

  • 9 June 2015 – 5,073 units of the Liberty and Outback models were recalled due to a software programming issue that could have prevented the PCB system from operating properly in an emergency braking situation or when the vehicle was in ACC mode if there was a brake lamp switch failure, but it did not affect the performance of the brakes when engaged by the driver.
  • 21 March 2016 – 15,585 units of the 2014-2015 Subaru Liberty and Outback models were recalled due to a defect that could have caused the Electronic Parking Brake motor to become stuck after engagement, making it difficult to subsequently release.
  • 6 March 2019 – 129 units of the 2017/2018Outback model were recalled because they had been fitted with an oil pipe that had a smaller interior pipe diameter than required, potentially resulting in insufficient oil supply to the turbocharger’s turbine bearing and causing premature wear or in the worst case, the turbine blade to fracture due to a seized bearing.
  • 6 May 2019 – 10,815 units of the 2017/2018Outback and Liberty models by Subaru were recalled due to a programming error in the Combination Meter Display unit that caused the driving range indicator to display inaccurate information about the distance that could be driven before refuelling, but the low fuel warning light still functioned properly.
  • 18 May 2021 – 71,986 units of the Subaru Liberty, Outback, and Impreza models were recalled due to a deteriorating fuel pump harness connector that could have caused extended engine cranking time on start-up, no engine start, or engine stall in worst-case scenarios.
  • 24 August 2021 – 2,037 units of 2018-2019 Subaru models including BRZ, WRX, LEVORG 1.6, LEVORG 2.0, LIBERTY 3.6, OUTBACK 3.6, and FORESTER XT were recalled as the fuel pump impeller may not have met manufacturing specifications, causing it to become deformed and stop working, which could have resulted in vehicle stalling.
  • 3 August 2022 – Subaru recalled 78,617 units of 2015-2018 Liberty, Outback, Levorg, WRX, 2017-2019 Impreza and XV models due to a manufacturing issue that could have caused the Electronic Park Brake adaptor cord connector to not operate as intended, which could have resulted in the vehicle moving or rolling away while engaged in the park position.

 

Exterior:

The Blind Spot Monitoring on 2015 and 2016 models can be faulty or fail to work. Generally the system has to be recalibrated which should address the problem.

Interior:

Infotainment systems can have a range of dramas. Bluetooth connection issues, frozen screens, random system shutdowns, volume controls not working, not overly common however there are reports.

These infotainment issues are seemingly more prevalent on 2015 – 2019 models and the good news is that most of these issues can be sorted with a Software Update.

Also regarding 2015 – 2019 models, some owners have complained that the battery can drain excessively fast.

In fact, this drainage was so pronounced a class-action lawsuit was filed against Subaru claiming that Subaru know about this fault and are intentionally letting the batteries drain quicker than they should.

However a settlement was issued resulting in an extended warranty for any car that suffered from this issue.

Mechanically:

Starting with the 2.0-litre turbo diesel. Many are experiencing DPF related issues. There are a host reasons for this but the three most common causes are split intercooler pipes, clogged MAP sensor and servicing, or the lack thereof, or if the wrong oil is used, or surprisingly common the oil dilution tables aren’t reset properly after servicing, (which you need a scan tool to do properly for those of you playing at home).

The 2.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol 4-cylinder FB25 is the Subaru workhorse that is the most common in this generation of Outback.

It has a few issues, and the worst of them is oil consumption, in fact, oil consumption in the FB25 has killed plenty of examples.

They have a 12,500km service interval which is ok, but once they start using oil they wont make it to 12,500kms without a top up or two.

If these engines are not burning oil, they’re leaking it. Usually from the timing cover or cam carrier which usually leaks onto the exhaust manifold where it burns subsequently smokes and stinks. Unfortunately, to fix the oil leaks properly can cost thousands.

The 3.6-litre naturally aspirated 6-cylinder EZ36 is the pick of the bunch in terms of reliability but it does use a lot of fuel. It is far from perfect though as it also has oil leak and consumption issues although not as bad as the 4-cylinder engines however, it does have some common timing chain complications.

All of these engines in these are known for drive belt and tensioner complications and the air conditioning compressors have a relatively short life too.

Now, the transmissions. The CVT in this generation of Outback is arguably one of the most unreliable CVT’s on the market.

We’re not claiming they are all bad and some examples will never have a problem but those that do, (out of warranty) are often up for a $2500 to $9000 dollar repair bill.

In some markets Subaru have extended the warranty because ion these CVT issues however, those warranties wont last forever. ”

Recalls:

  • 9 June 2015 – 5,073 units of the Liberty and Outback models were recalled due to a software programming issue that could have prevented the PCB system from operating properly in an emergency braking situation or when the vehicle was in ACC mode if there was a brake lamp switch failure, but it did not affect the performance of the brakes when engaged by the driver.
  • 21 March 2016 – 15,585 units of the 2014-2015 Subaru Liberty and Outback models were recalled due to a defect that could have caused the Electronic Parking Brake motor to become stuck after engagement, making it difficult to subsequently release.
  • 6 March 2019 – 129 units of the 2017/2018Outback model were recalled because they had been fitted with an oil pipe that had a smaller interior pipe diameter than required, potentially resulting in insufficient oil supply to the turbocharger’s turbine bearing and causing premature wear or in the worst case, the turbine blade to fracture due to a seized bearing.
  • 6 May 2019 – 10,815 units of the 2017/2018Outback and Liberty models by Subaru were recalled due to a programming error in the Combination Meter Display unit that caused the driving range indicator to display inaccurate information about the distance that could be driven before refuelling, but the low fuel warning light still functioned properly.
  • 18 May 2021 – 71,986 units of the Subaru Liberty, Outback, and Impreza models were recalled due to a deteriorating fuel pump harness connector that could have caused extended engine cranking time on start-up, no engine start, or engine stall in worst-case scenarios.
  • 24 August 2021 – 2,037 units of 2018-2019 Subaru models including BRZ, WRX, LEVORG 1.6, LEVORG 2.0, LIBERTY 3.6, OUTBACK 3.6, and FORESTER XT were recalled as the fuel pump impeller may not have met manufacturing specifications, causing it to become deformed and stop working, which could have resulted in vehicle stalling.
  • 3 August 2022 – Subaru recalled 78,617 units of 2015-2018 Liberty, Outback, Levorg, WRX, 2017-2019 Impreza and XV models due to a manufacturing issue that could have caused the Electronic Park Brake adaptor cord connector to not operate as intended, which could have resulted in the vehicle moving or rolling away while engaged in the park position.

 

ANCAP Ratings

5 stars (2010 – 2.0D, 2.0D Premium, 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 3.6R)
5 stars (2015)

Body Styles

5-door Wagon

Engines

2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine (2.0D, 2.0D Premium)
2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine (2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Fleet Edition, Touring, 2.5i-X, 2.5i Sports Premium, 2.5i Vision Plus)
3.6-litre 6-cylinder engine (3.6R)

Power

110kW – 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine (2.0D, 2.0D Premium)
129kW – 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine (2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Fleet Edition, Touring, 2.5i-X, 2.5i Sports Premium, 2.5i Vision Plus)
191kW – 3.6-litre 6-cylinder engine (3.6R)

Torque

350Nm – 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine (2.0D, 2.0D Premium)
235Nm – 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine (2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Fleet Edition, Touring, 2.5i-X, 2.5i Sports Premium, 2.5i Vision Plus)
350Nm – 3.6-litre 6-cylinder engine (3.6R)

Transmissions

6-speed Manual (2.0D, 2.0D Premium)
7-speed Constantly Variable Transmission (2.0D, 2.0D Premium, 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, Touring, 2.5i-X, 2.5i Sports Premium, 2.5i Vision Plus)
6-speed Constantly Variable Transmission (2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 3.6R, 2.5i Fleet Edition)

Fuel Consumption

5.7 – 9.9L/100km

Length

4815 – 4820mm (5 door Wagon)

Width

1840mm (5 door Wagon)

Height

1675mm (5 door Wagon)

Wheelbase

2745mm (5 door Wagon)

Kerb Weight

1597 – 1735kg (5 door Wagon)

Towing

750kg (unbraked), 1700kg (braked) (2.0D, 2.0D Premium)
750kg (unbraked), 1500kg (braked) (2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Fleet Edition, Touring, 2.5i-X, 2.5i Sports Premium, 2.5i Vision Plus)
750kg (unbraked), 1800kg (braked) (3.6R)

ANCAP Ratings

5 stars (2010 – 2.0D, 2.0D Premium, 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 3.6R)
5 stars (2015)

Body Styles

5-door Wagon

Engines

2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine (2.0D, 2.0D Premium)
2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine (2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Fleet Edition, Touring, 2.5i-X, 2.5i Sports Premium, 2.5i Vision Plus)
3.6-litre 6-cylinder engine (3.6R)

Power

110kW – 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine (2.0D, 2.0D Premium)
129kW – 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine (2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Fleet Edition, Touring, 2.5i-X, 2.5i Sports Premium, 2.5i Vision Plus)
191kW – 3.6-litre 6-cylinder engine (3.6R)

Torque

350Nm – 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine (2.0D, 2.0D Premium)
235Nm – 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine (2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Fleet Edition, Touring, 2.5i-X, 2.5i Sports Premium, 2.5i Vision Plus)
350Nm – 3.6-litre 6-cylinder engine (3.6R)

Transmissions

6-speed Manual (2.0D, 2.0D Premium)
7-speed Constantly Variable Transmission (2.0D, 2.0D Premium, 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, Touring, 2.5i-X, 2.5i Sports Premium, 2.5i Vision Plus)
6-speed Constantly Variable Transmission (2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 3.6R, 2.5i Fleet Edition)

Fuel Consumption

5.7 – 9.9L/100km

Length

4815 – 4820mm (5 door Wagon)

Width

1840mm (5 door Wagon)

Height

1675mm (5 door Wagon)

Wheelbase

2745mm (5 door Wagon)

Kerb Weight

1597 – 1735kg (5 door Wagon)

Towing

750kg (unbraked), 1700kg (braked) (2.0D, 2.0D Premium)
750kg (unbraked), 1500kg (braked) (2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Fleet Edition, Touring, 2.5i-X, 2.5i Sports Premium, 2.5i Vision Plus)
750kg (unbraked), 1800kg (braked) (3.6R)

ANCAP Ratings

5 stars (2010 – 2.0D, 2.0D Premium, 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 3.6R)
5 stars (2015)

Body Styles

5-door Wagon

Engines

2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine (2.0D, 2.0D Premium)
2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine (2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Fleet Edition, Touring, 2.5i-X, 2.5i Sports Premium, 2.5i Vision Plus)
3.6-litre 6-cylinder engine (3.6R)

Power

110kW – 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine (2.0D, 2.0D Premium)
129kW – 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine (2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Fleet Edition, Touring, 2.5i-X, 2.5i Sports Premium, 2.5i Vision Plus)
191kW – 3.6-litre 6-cylinder engine (3.6R)

Torque

350Nm – 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine (2.0D, 2.0D Premium)
235Nm – 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine (2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Fleet Edition, Touring, 2.5i-X, 2.5i Sports Premium, 2.5i Vision Plus)
350Nm – 3.6-litre 6-cylinder engine (3.6R)

Transmissions

6-speed Manual (2.0D, 2.0D Premium)
7-speed Constantly Variable Transmission (2.0D, 2.0D Premium, 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, Touring, 2.5i-X, 2.5i Sports Premium, 2.5i Vision Plus)
6-speed Constantly Variable Transmission (2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 3.6R, 2.5i Fleet Edition)

Fuel Consumption

5.7 – 9.9L/100km

Length

4815 – 4820mm (5 door Wagon)

Width

1840mm (5 door Wagon)

Height

1675mm (5 door Wagon)

Wheelbase

2745mm (5 door Wagon)

Kerb Weight

1597 – 1735kg (5 door Wagon)

Towing

750kg (unbraked), 1700kg (braked) (2.0D, 2.0D Premium)
750kg (unbraked), 1500kg (braked) (2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Fleet Edition, Touring, 2.5i-X, 2.5i Sports Premium, 2.5i Vision Plus)
750kg (unbraked), 1800kg (braked) (3.6R)

Warranty

  • 3 years / unlimited km (2014 2.0D, 2014 2.0D Premium, 2014 2.5i, 2014 2.5i Premium, 2014 3.6R, 2014 2.5i Fleet Edition, 2014 Touring)
  • 5 years / unlimited km (2014 2.0D, 2014 2.0D Premium, 2014 2.5i, 2014 2.5i Premium, 2014 2.5i-X, 2014 3.6R, 2014 2.5i Sports Premium, 2014 2.5i Vision Plus)

Service Intervals

  • 12500 km / 6 months

Model range, pricing & features

Subaru Outback-3

2.0D

Price when new: $35,490 - $40,040

Price used: $13,000 - $35,850

The 2.0D is the entry-level spec in the Outback range featuring a 2.0 litre turbocharged diesel Boxer engine.

It is packaged relatively well and in February 2016, the 2.0D gained electrically folding side mirrors, auto headlights and rain-sensing wipers. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto was made available in February 2018.

The 2.0D Premium represents better value over the 2.0D if you are looking for a diesel version of the Outback.

Standard features:

17-inch alloy wheels
Roof rails
Body coloured side mirrors
Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD)
X-Mode
5-star ANCAP safety rating (tested 2015)
Driver and front passenger airbags
Front side airbags
Full-length curtain airbags
Driver’s knee airbag
3-point (lap sash) seatbelt for all occupants
Seat pretensioners and load limiters for for driver and front passenger
Height adjustable seatbelts for driver and front passenger
Seatbelt reminder for all seats
Headrests for all occupants
Adjustable headrests
Child seat anchor points
ISOFIX points for rear outboard seats
Electronic stability program (ESP)
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD)
Brake assist
Traction control
Active tourque vectoring system
Electromechnical handbrake
Hill hold control
Reversing camera – in infotainment system
Hill descent control (HDC)
Remote central locking
DATADOT security system
Engine immobiliser
Halogen headlights
Front fog lights
Rear LED taillights
High-mounted stop light
Coming/leaving home function
Gearshift paddles (CVT only)
Multi-information display – 3.5-inch LCD screen
Power steering
Steering wheel – tilt (up/down) and telescopic (reach) adjust
Multi-functional leather sterring wheel
Leather gear knob
Gearshift paddles
Privacy glass
Electric side mirrors
Electric windows – front and rear with driver’s side auto up/down function
Dual-zone climate control
Pollen filter
Rear air vents
Cloth upholstery
6.2-inch touchscreen
6-speaker sound system
AM/FM radio
CD player
MP3 compatibility
iPod compatibility
USB compatibility
Bluetooth with audio streaming
AUX (3.5mm) input
12V power outlets – 2x
Glovebox
Centre console storage
Front cupholders – 2x
Rear cupholders – 2x
Door pockets – front and rear
Bottle holders – front and rear in door pockets
Sunglasses holder
60:40 split folding seats
Cargo hooks

February 2016 update:

Electrically folding side mirrors
Automatic headlights
Rain-sensing (auto) wipers

February 2018 update:

Apple CarPlay
Android Auto

2.5i

Price when new: $35,990 - $37,440

Price used: $13,200 - $33,650

The 2.5i is similarly packaged to the 2.0D as the base model in the petrol range of the Outback, however it adds auto headlights, SI-DRIVE, EyeSight Driver Assist System and rain sensing wipers.

In addition to 2.0D:

Automatic headlights
Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) – 2 modes
Multi-information display – 5-inch LCD screen
EyeSight Driver Assist System
Adaptive cruise control
Lane departure warning
Lane sway warning
Pre-collision braking system
Stop/start system
Rain sensing (auto) wipers
Textured cloth upholstery

February 2018 update:
Apple CarPlay
Android Auto

2.0D Premium

Price when new: $41,490 - $46,940

Price used: $15,550 - $42,000

The 2.0D Premium adds 18-inch alloys, push button start, leather upholstery, 8-way electrically adjustable front seats, driver’s seat memory, driver’s electrically adjustable lumbar support, electric sunroof, LED headlights, 7-inch infotainment system and satellite navigation.

In addition to 2.0D

18-inch alloy wheels
Gearshift paddles (CVT only)
LED headlights
Electric sunroof
Push button start
Automatic headlights
Leather upholstery
8-way electrically adjustable driver’s and front passenger’s seat
Driver’s seat memory
Driver’s lumbar support – electrically adjustable
Heated front seats
7-inch infotainment system
Satellite navigation
Pandora compatible infotainment system

February 2016 update:

Blind spot monitoring
Lane change assist
Rear cross traffic alert
High beam assist
Electrochromatic (auto-dimming) rear view mirror
Electrically folding side mirrors

February 2018 update:

Apple CarPlay
Android Auto

2.5i Premium

Price when new: $41,490 - $43,940

Price used: $15,550 - $39,550

The 2.5i Premium is similarly equipped to the 2.0D Premium, however it features a 2.5 litre 4-cylinder Boxer engine.

In addition to 2.5i:

18-inch alloy wheels
Gearshift paddles
LED headlights
Electric sunroof
Heated side mirrors
Electrically folding side mirrors
Push button start
Automatic headlights
Leather upholstery
Leather upholstery
8-way electrically adjustable driver’s and front passenger’s seat
Driver’s seat memory
Driver’s lumbar support – electrically adjustable

February 2016 update:

Blind spot monitoring
Lane change assist
Rear cross traffic alert
High beam assist
Electrochromatic (auto-dimming) rear view mirror

February 2018 update:

Apple CarPlay
Android Auto

3.6R

Price when new: $47,990 - $50,440

Price used: $18,600 - $45,250

The 3.6R is the top-of-range, featuring a 3.6 litre 6-cylinder Boxer engine.

In addition to the 2.5i Premium, the 3.6R features a full-size spare wheel, 3x SI-DRIVE modes and a 12-speaker harman/kardon sound system.

In addition to 2.5i Premium

Full-size spare alloy wheel
3x SI-DRIVE modes
12-speaker harman/kardon sound system

February 2016 update:

Blind spot monitoring
Lane change assist
Rear cross traffic alert
High beam assist
Electrochromatic (auto-dimming) rear view mirror

February 2018 update:

Apple CarPlay
Android Auto

The Outback is just a huge compromise but, oddly calling it a compromise is actually a compliment because there are very few other cars that can do what the Outback does.

It’s an SUV that seems to avoid many of the compromises and hits to your image that can come with normal SUVs, it’s a station wagon yet it’s tougher and more purposeful than other station wagons thanks to the raised ride height and body cladding, it offers an almost European experience yet it still clearly feels like a Subaru, so it just does nearly everything so right.

However, we state nearly everything because the mechanical, oil consumption, CVT and electronic gremlins are a real concern. However, through our research we found many Outbacks on our roads have never had, and probably will never have an issue.

Should you buy one? It’s a cautious, yes.

Make sure it has a full and thorough service history, it is imperative to have a pre-purchase inspection carried out, make sure you keep all the maintenance up to date and maybe pop $5000 away somewhere in case the transmission goes bang.

If you can categorically confirm the Outback you’re looking at ticks all the boxes, it is an excellent used car, just please be careful.

The Outback is just a huge compromise but, oddly calling it a compromise is actually a compliment because there are very few other cars that can do what the Outback does.

It’s an SUV that seems to avoid many of the compromises and hits to your image that can come with normal SUVs, it’s a station wagon yet it’s tougher and more purposeful than other station wagons thanks to the raised ride height and body cladding, it offers an almost European experience yet it still clearly feels like a Subaru, so it just does nearly everything so right.

However, we state nearly everything because the mechanical, oil consumption, CVT and electronic gremlins are a real concern. However, through our research we found many Outbacks on our roads have never had, and probably will never have an issue.

Should you buy one? It’s a cautious, yes.

Make sure it has a full and thorough service history, it is imperative to have a pre-purchase inspection carried out, make sure you keep all the maintenance up to date and maybe pop $5000 away somewhere in case the transmission goes bang.

If you can categorically confirm the Outback you’re looking at ticks all the boxes, it is an excellent used car, just please be careful.

The Outback is just a huge compromise but, oddly calling it a compromise is actually a compliment because there are very few other cars that can do what the Outback does.

It’s an SUV that seems to avoid many of the compromises and hits to your image that can come with normal SUVs, it’s a station wagon yet it’s tougher and more purposeful than other station wagons thanks to the raised ride height and body cladding, it offers an almost European experience yet it still clearly feels like a Subaru, so it just does nearly everything so right.

However, we state nearly everything because the mechanical, oil consumption, CVT and electronic gremlins are a real concern. However, through our research we found many Outbacks on our roads have never had, and probably will never have an issue.

Should you buy one? It’s a cautious, yes.

Make sure it has a full and thorough service history, it is imperative to have a pre-purchase inspection carried out, make sure you keep all the maintenance up to date and maybe pop $5000 away somewhere in case the transmission goes bang.

If you can categorically confirm the Outback you’re looking at ticks all the boxes, it is an excellent used car, just please be careful.

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