Used Subaru Legacy Outback 2009 - 2014 review

Category: Estate car

Section: Alternatives

Subaru Legacy Outback (09 - 14)
  • Subaru Legacy Outback (09 - 14)
  • Subaru Legacy Outback (09 - 14)
  • Subaru Legacy Outback (09 - 14)
  • Subaru Legacy Outback (09 - 14)
  • Subaru Legacy Outback (09 - 14)
  • Subaru Legacy Outback (09 - 14)
  • Subaru Legacy Outback (09 - 14)
  • Subaru Legacy Outback (09 - 14)
  • Subaru Legacy Outback (09 - 14)
  • Subaru Legacy Outback (09 - 14)

Alternatives

What alternatives should I consider to a used Subaru Outback estate?

Somewhat strangely, there are two Skoda models that are more or less direct rivals to the Outback. In terms of prestige and overall size, the Superb Estate 4x4 offers even more space in the cabin and a truly massive boot, but even though it has four-wheel drive, it can’t match the Outback’s off-roading ability. For that you’ll need the Octavia Scout, which has a raised ride height.

Another strong VW Group rival is the Audi A4 Allroad quattro. If anything they’re even thinner on the ground than Outbacks, but have rather more badge appeal and are more conventionally handsome, if less roomy inside.

Overview

A stereotypical Subaru – sacrifices interior appeal and ride comfort in favour of reliability and all-round ruggedness.

  • Rugged reliability
  • Spacious interior
  • Gutsy diesel engine
  • Genuine off-road ability
  • Old-fashioned interior
  • High emissions
  • Thirsty petrol engine
  • Overly firm ride