Given the long kit list, the Outback looks reasonable value next to similarly sized cars such as the Audi A6 Allroad or Volvo XC70, but it’s harder to justify next to slightly smaller yet equally practical and much cheaper options such as the Skoda Octavia Scout. It’s not likely to hold its value as well as most of its rivals, either. Neither engine is particularly economical, while relatively high CO2 emissions will deter company car buyers.
Subaru Outback quality & reliability
The Outback’s cabin isn’t the last word in style, and the switchgear and some of the plastics feel a bit low-rent even by the standards of cheaper rivals such as the Skoda Octavia Scout. Still, it feels solidly constructed and built to last, and there’s no reason to suggest that the Outback will do anything to dent Subaru’s reputation for good long-term reliability. A five-year warranty and three-year roadside assistance package are included in the price of the car.
Subaru Outback safety & security
The Outback achieved a maximum five stars in its Euro NCAP crash test, scoring 85% for adult protection and 70% for pedestrian protection. Six airbags and a stability control system are standard, but there’s no driver’s knee airbag. Models with the CVT gearbox get automatic emergency braking, which functions even at motorway speeds, as well as adaptive cruise control and a lane-assist system. Security experts Thatcham are yet to test this generation of Outback.