2015 Subaru Outback Review: Can We Call It Perfect?

Estate cars are really dipping in popularity due to the availability of crossovers but this is with the exception of the Subaru Outback. The Japanese carmaker had just launched the fifth-generation Outback and it is a big step up from its predecessor.

Unlike the previous Outback, the new-gen model comes with a taller driving height, new styling and a bolder stance. For an estate, the Outback looks more like a crossover but there isn’t a real way to tell them apart in reality.

The Outback is offered with the choice of a 2.5L petrol or 2L diesel engine. The latter is currently getting more attention so we will be going into detail with it. Being a diesel motor, it is surely developed with the aim of keeping fuel consumption at bay. Subaru achieved just that as the Outback returns an average consumption of 46.3mpg.

The diesel engine also has 148hp to offer and the horses are pumped through a 7-speed CVT transmission. We have tested it out personally and we really like the ratios of the gearbox. It is so good that the Outback offers a stutter-free, smooth performance at all times, even when overtaking at high speed.

Inside the Outback, everything is very minimalistic. The dashboard is really neat with no clustered buttons around. Everything is controlled by the central infotainment system and the necessary buttons are nicely placed at its sides.

To complete the package, the Subaru Outback comes with many features as a standard like LED headlamps, 17” alloy wheels and heated seats. Of course, the icing on the cake is with its 5-Star Euro NCAP safety rating that simply appeals to everyone.

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