The Outback comes with only one trim and a long standard equipment list. SE Premium trim get sat-nav, climate and cruise controls, LED headlights, a rear-view camera, heated seats, automatic wipers, a sunroof, leather upholstery, a powered tailgate, keyless entry and engine starting. There aren’t many optional extras, but it’s a shame that a digital radio isn’t available at all.
Given the long kit list, the Outback looks reasonable value next to similarly sized cars such as the Audi A6 Allroad or Volvo V90 Cross Country, 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.
The Outback achieved a maximum five stars in its Euro NCAP crash test, while six airbags and a stability control system are standard, but there’s no driver’s knee airbag. Models with the CVT gearbox get Subaru’s so-called ‘Eyesight’ automatic emergency braking, which functions even at motorway speeds, as well as adaptive cruise control and a lane-assist system. Security experts Thatcham rates the Outback as excellent at resisting being driven away, and very good at resisting a break in.
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