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For The Subaru Outback comes with four-wheel drive and a long list of standard kit. The cabin is very roomy.

Against The Outback costs more to buy and run than some rivals and it's an unremarkable car to look at, sit in, or drive.

Subaru Outback Estate
22 5stars

The Subaru Outback is roomy, well equipped and has four-wheel drive as standard, but it's far too dated and pricey to recommend.

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The full Subaru Outback review


There are 4 Subaru Outback versions available

Estate 2.0 D S 5dr £28,870
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Estate 2.0 D SE 5dr £30,070
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Estate 2.0 D SX Lineartronic 5dr £31,495
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Estate 2.0 D SE Nav Plus 5dr £32,370
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The Subaru Outback sits in a pretty small niche of cars that straddle the gap between estates and 4x4s. It's exceptionally well equipped, but it's not cheap to buy or run and it doesn't have the premium image or interior quality to match key German rivals.

The diesel is a strong performer and there's the option of an automatic CVT gearbox. There's only one trim, SX, but it's well equipped, leaving only a few possible options including sat-nav.

Running costs are on the high side and the warranty is a bog-standard three-year/60,000-mile affair, however, 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 2.0 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

Subaru Outback Estate 2.0 D SE Nav Plus 5dr

I bought a used 2009 2.0D SE Navplus model just over a month ago. It is relaxing and comfortable to drive, with good alround visibility, and tall…

Phil Whitehurst

4 out of 5 stars
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