Discover the engineering, safety and technology highlights that make Outback a true Subaru.


Permanent Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (SAWD) delivers power to all four wheels at all times ensuring enhanced control of the Outback on or off-road - even in poor conditions. The entire drive system, from the Boxer engine to the rear differential, is mounted in a straight, symmetrical line, delivering Outback’s stability and balance.

The Outback’s SUBARU Boxer engine has a longitudinally-mounted horizontally-opposed configuration. The pistons are placed 180 degrees apart allowing a lower, flatter engine profile. This gives the powerplant - and therefore the whole car- a lower centre of gravity. This more balanced weight distribution gives the Outback exceptional handling and poise.

Subaru’s Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) moves between a span of gear ratios to provide smooth acceleration while keeping the engine at its optimal rev range. Lineartronic preserves momentum that is often lost during gear changes on a manual or traditional automatic transmission, maintaining traction by continuously providing power to the wheels at all times.

X-Mode with Hill Descent Control makes climbing and descending steep, slippery surfaces in Outback controlled, calm and worry-free. When activated, X-Mode with Hill Descent Control takes command of the engine, transmission, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, brakes, and other components to provide the best traction and grip in difficult conditions. Hill Descent Control moderates speed and braking for you when going downhill, allowing you to concentrate on steering.

A 200mm ground clearance shuns uneven ground - allowing Outback to negotiate rocky, rutted tracks or even ford streams.

Outback’s towing capacity of up to 2000kg* lets you hitch up a loaded trailer or caravan whenever the need arises.


EyeSight*1, Subaru’s advanced driver assist technology, offers Outback drivers a second pair of eyes. A high-resolution two camera system detects and interprets the environment, accurately tracking things like vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. EyeSight comprises six safety systems that, where necessary, provide warnings and collision avoidance assistance as events unfold.

Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection (SRVD) features Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Change Assist & Rear Cross Traffic Alert. It monitors rear blind spots for danger, makes lane changes safer, and can also warn of the potential for a collision - for instance whilst reversing into a street with passing traffic.

Front and Side View Monitors help eliminate blind spots. The front grille camera monitors a 180° area in front of the vehicle and images are displayed on the touchscreen to aid manoeuvring at junctions or when parking against a wall. The side view monitor, mounted at the base of the passenger door mirror, displays blind spots diagonally in front of the passenger side to help when manoeuvring close to an object, navigating narrow roads, passing oncoming cars or parking. To help judge distances, guidelines overlay all camera images.

High Beam Assist (HBA) automatically controls the selection of main or dipped beam at night, ensuring the best visibility without dazzling oncoming traffic.

Outback’s 5* Euro NCAP rating for safety is the testing agency’s highest award. Outback performed well in adult crash test protection, with maximum points awarded in the side impact barrier test. In dynamic crash tests the Outback scored maximum points for protecting small infants. Subaru was voted Best Manufacturer for Safety Features in the 2019 Driver Power Survey, the UK's number one car ownership survey.


Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™*2 let you connect your smartphone to the car and use popular apps. Voice recognition capabilities allow hands-free use, keeping everybody safe and reducing distractions when you’re on the move.

Outback’s reversing camera helps you reverse and park easily and safely.

LED steering responsive headlights track ahead into a corner as you turn, moving the Outback headlight beams left or right as you steer to maximise visibility.

The keyless entry & push button start system makes short work of setting off. A key fob gives you easy keyless entry. Simply grip the door handles to unlock them and start the engine with the push of a button.

A powered rear tailgate*3 makes loading is easy; it opens and closes automatically at the push of a button.


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*1 EyeSight is a driving support system which may not operate optimally under all driving conditions or for all objects. The driver is always responsible for safe and attentive driving and observance of traffic regulations. See Owner’s Manual for complete details on system operation and limitations.

*2 Driver is responsible for safe driving. Please refrain from operating the touchscreen while driving.

*3 Available on Premium models only.