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.
Finally, you may want to consider the Volvo XC70 Cross Country. It’s similar in size to the Outback, both inside and out, but with a much classier dashboard. The five-cylinder diesel engine is both long-lived and quiet, if a touch thirsty, but like the Outback, it’s disappointing to drive on road.