For The Subaru Outback comes with four-wheel drive, a seriously roomy cabin and a long list of standard equipment. Low-speed refinement is good, too.

Against It costs more to buy and run than some rivals, the ride is unsettled and parts of the interior feel low-rent.

Subaru Outback Estate
33 5stars

The Subaru Outback is practical, well equipped and has four-wheel drive as standard, but it’s hard to justify over cheaper SUVs and rugged estates.

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The full Subaru Outback review

There are 4 Subaru Outback versions available

Estate 2.0D SE 5dr £27,995
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Estate 2.5i SE Lineartronic 5dr £28,495
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Estate 2.0D SE Premium 5dr £30,995
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Estate 2.5i SE Premium Lineartronic 5dr £31,495
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

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Target Price team says:

The Outback sits in a small niche of cars that straddle the gap between estates and 4x4s. It’s well equipped, but it’s not particularly cheap to buy or run and its interior is nowhere near as plush of those of its upmarket German rivals.

The diesel is a decently strong performer and comes with either a manual or CVT automatic gearbox; the auto brings a suite of electronic safety aids, including automatic emergency braking (which functions even at motorway speeds) and adaptive cruise control.

There’s also a 2.5-litre petrol version, which gets the CVT ’box as standard. It is more refined than the diesel, but it’ll be a rare sight given the poor economy it’s likely to return.

Even the diesel’s running costs are on the high side; its fuel economy and CO2 emissions are way off those of rivals such as the Skoda Octavia Scout. Still, Subaru has a good reputation for reliability and owners generally have only good things to say about the service they receive.

Reader test team says:

Subaru Outback Estate 2.5i SE Lineartronic 5dr

I have just had an extended test-drive in the 2.5 petrol Outback and made the decision to sign the order form. Coming out of a 2011 Kia Sorento I felt…

Phil Lawrence

5 out of 5 stars

Subaru Outback Estate 2.0D SE 5dr

This is my 3rd Subaru Outback, these are an excellent all round car, I have covered over two hundred thousand miles collective miles in the cars, in…

chris brown

4 out of 5 stars

Subaru Outback Estate 2.0 D SE 5dr

Superb car. Comfortable with limousine rear legroom and a big boot. We get 50mpg even when loaded up with gear and the perm awd works really well. I…

Richard Johnson

5 out of 5 stars

Subaru Outback Estate 2.0 D SE 5dr

I bought this car new in 2011. After a few months running in, it has settled to an average 48.7mpg filling it tank to tank. In 2 years I have only had…

Chris Ward

4 out of 5 stars
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