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If you look back at some of the most notable people in history, they often went against the norm to achieve greatness. In the world of cars, Subaru hopes you’ll buck the trend with its Outback - the norm here being the UK’s current penchant for SUVs, the potential greatness being its jacked-up, off-road focused estate car.
Butch estate cars aren’t quite as niche as they once were, though, because the Subaru Outback has competition from rivals such as the Audi A6 Allroad, Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain, Volvo V90 Cross Country and the Skoda Octavia Scout.
With its Outback, Subaru doesn’t give you much choice: there’s either a 2.0-litre diesel engine or a 2.5-litre petrol, the latter automatic-only, the former with the same CVT auto ‘box or a six-speed manual. There’s just one trim level, too, called SE Premium.
So, if you’re ready to turn your back on the SUV craze, is the Subaru the jacked-up estate car to buy? Find out over the next few pages.