The Outback can be credited as the first crossover to hit the market back in 1995, with chunky styling and a raised ride height appealing to buyers looking for the all weather ability that a regular estate car can’t match.
The latest Outback continues to offer the tall, sturdy look that buyers are so keen on. Updated (now full LED) headlights and grille smarten up the front. Inside, a revamped cabin makes use of higher quality trim materials, and updated infotainment and navigation systems. Subtle tweaks have also liberated a little extra space for passengers.
What powers it?
Two engines will be available from launch: a 2.5-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre turbo diesel – both four-cylinder engines arranged in a horizontally-opposed ‘boxer’ configuration. The petrol produces 163hp and 172lb ft of torque, while the diesel has 148hp and 258lb ft. Buyers of the diesel will have a choice of a six speed manual or CVT automatic gearbox, while the petrol is only available with the auto. The carbon dioxide emissions for both fall into bands F and G, so road tax costs between £145 and £170 per year.
Anything else I should know?
Both of the trim levels offer decent equipment levels. The SE features 17-inch alloy wheels, a seven-inch touchscreen which includes satellite navigation and a reversing camera, and heated front seats. The top-spec SE Premium model adds 18-inch alloys, leather interior, a push-button start and a powered tailgate to the long list of goodies.
In a first for UK models, Subaru is offering its EyeSight collision warning system. Through the use of stereo cameras mounted on the rear view mirror, the system monitors the road ahead for potential hazards, acting – according to Subaru – like a second pair of eyes.
How much will it cost?
Prices will range from £27,995 to £32,995, keeping the pricing structure in line with the outgoing model. The range will go on sale in the UK from 1 April.