What’s Outback really like? How does it drive? Get the inside story from owners and motoring press experts
I have only covered 650 miles in the 14 days since I collected the car. But it really is a joy to drive, I have been quite disappointed when I reach my destination! Tomorrow I will see how it performs pulling our caravan. John Austin
This is our fourth Subaru, we have enjoyed two Forester's and this is our second Outback. This one is the Outback 2.0D SE Premium Lineartronic Eyesight. In my view the brand just goes from strength to strength, the latest iteration of the Outback is in my view simply stunning in terms of its abilities and quality of materials used. We use it as intended, for shooting and towing trailers, collecting logs etc. its a real country car, but it is a very lazy and comfortable drive on the motorways down to our house in south of France be it pulling a trailer or boat it just takes it in its stride with no fuss. The new sat nav and infotainment system is really great, it works exceptionally well. I cannot recommend this vehicle highly enough. More importantly is the excellent service and back up provided by Carstins (Unity Automotive) they really know how to look after you with good old fashioned service that seems to have disappeared elswhere
Exceptionally pleased with the car, shape and colour. Comfortable ride. On the first lengthy journey I got 41.6 mpg going and 40.7 on the return journey. More than I expected.
Well built, comfortable, fuel efficient (57mpg), nice to drive
2016 Outback 2.0 D SE Premium at last is a specification that now brings the comfort of the front seat passenger into line with that of the driver. I refer to the long awaited provision of an electrically adjustable seat for the front passenger the lack of which I complained to Subaru UK several years ago. I also appreciate the increased leg room for both front & rear passengers & the ability to recline the rear seats. However, all is not good. I regret that the Ivory trim option is no longer available. I have already found myself scrabbling around in the inky darkness of the front under fascia with a hand torch to locate some of the difficult to see controls.
The Outback is my second Subaru. I am well pleased with my current model which has the seven speed auto box. Both the six speed manual and the seven speed auto both return me around the forty mpg. I would drive around thirty thousand miles per year. In the luggage area I carry a large tool box and fittings which takes the weight of the vehicle up to two ton with driver in it. Some of my customers may be off the M2 in Belfast or my next call is up at Lough Fea above Cookstown at a sand pit. The car is very driver friendly either on the motorway or up single track roads. Like the general layout of the controls, the bar graph of mpg is a distraction, also when you turn side/driving lights it's night time and the dash screens go dark. Tyre wear is around the forty thousand mile mark, very good consider some of the roads I am on. Seat after a few hours would get a bit hard on the old bottom, maybe just me. would buy again. Also very good service from dealer.
"Perhaps the best tribute we can pay to this now well-sorted car is that, despite a heavy schedule, atrocious weather and busy roads we never once felt stressed out. Here’s a car that’s always a pleasure to drive."
"Off-road, the Outback's permanent, symmetrical all-wheel-drive system helps it to stand out among its peers. Its approach, departure and break-over angles are greater than those of most rivals, too, helping you traverse even deeply rutted tracks with greater confidence"
"Can Subarus still go off road? Well yeah they clearly can, obviously some more extreme than others"
"What a practical, capable car this is. It's Subarus flagship vehicle, selling in the hundreds of thousands world-wide and it's one that perfectly reflects the Brands' core values. It's hugely able on the road, nearly imperious off it, has acres of space inside and cabin quality has moved up a notch too."
"That's because its proven all-wheel-drive system allows the car to go almost anywhere, anytime, under almost any circumstance. This means that on those days where it should really be a snow day, but the school district just won't cancel, your kids are going to be the ones getting to school. "
"If the current crop of fashion-led SUV's bring you out in a rash, Subaru's polished yet no-nonsense Outback offers a good blend of versatility, useful technology, all weather practicality and understated style."
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