Subaru Outback review

Category: Estate car

Section: Costs & verdict

Subaru Outback 2021 interior infotainment
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  • Subaru Outback 2021 interior front seats
  • Subaru Outback 2021 interior steering wheel detail
  • Subaru Outback 2021 boot open
  • Subaru Outback 2021 front cornering
  • Subaru Outback 2021 rear cornering
  • Subaru Outback 2021 interior dashboard
  • Subaru Outback 2021 interior rear seats
  • Subaru Outback 2021 interior infotainment
  • Subaru Outback 2021 front right tracking
  • Subaru Outback 2021 right tracking
  • Subaru Outback 2021 rear left tracking
  • Subaru Outback 2021 front left tracking
  • Subaru Outback 2021 roof detail
  • Subaru Outback 2021 interior front seats
  • Subaru Outback 2021 interior steering wheel detail
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Subaru Outback in entry-level Limited form is very reasonable. It costs less than the smaller Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, and considerably less than the Cross Country versions of the Volvo V60 and Volvo V90. Even more remarkable is the fact that the Outback is likely to maintain its value far better than those rivals.

The Outback would make a lousy company car due to its high emissions putting it in the top bracket for benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax. Fuel economy isn’t anything to right home about, either. The 33.0mpg combined figure is very low compared with far faster rivals. That’s the price you have to pay for permanent four-wheel drive, unfortunately.

Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is a given, as is lane-keep assistance and traffic sign recognition. There’s also blindspot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert to warn of objects crossing your path while backing up, along with an auto brake feature to stop you reversing into stuff.

Subaru didn’t feature in our latest 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey, but if you end up having a problem, there’s a three year or 60,000 mile warranty. 

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Subaru Outback 2021 interior infotainment

Overview

If you're looking for genuine all-weather abilities, tonnes of safety technology and lots of interior practicality, the Subaru Outback has plenty going for it. It's a sensible choice for private buyers thanks to its decent residual values and low insurance costs. It's not the most pleasant car to drive, though, and high emissions count against it as a company car choice.

  • Impressive safety tech
  • Good residual values
  • Excellent traction in difficult conditions
  • Ride could be smoother
  • Needs more power
  • Uninspiring handling
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