Since the fifth generation Subaru Outback My16 was launched, we have seen an impressive increase in the sales figures. At the midpoint of the year, the Outback was ranked number five on the sales list of large SUV’s behind the Hyundai Sante Fe, Toyota Kluger, Toyota Prado and Holden Captiva in what is arguably one of the most competitive segments in the industry. Year to date, the Outback is the third largest seller, and within the Subaru range, it has been outsold only by the Forester. So, what can you expect from the 2.5i Premium Subaru Outback?
If you are expecting a 100% thoroughbred SUV, you may be a little surprised. Although the Outback has been a massive success with SUV loving drivers, it could be considered a crossover. Many have speculated that the Outback is a boosted version of the discontinued Liberty wagon. If this is the case, the most direct competition could be the VW Passat Alltrack, which is built on a Passat wagon or the Skoda Octavia Scout, which is classified to be a medium sized passenger car despite it being a 4×4 wagon.
When you think SUV, you may automatically think 4×4, but the Outback has a symmetrical AWD system. This means that the power is not directed to all four wheels on demand, but it is always available. Subaru tends to pair AWD with a horizontally opposed Boxer engine to create their iconic performance, and this is the case with the Outback. This powerhouse combo is considered to be the calling card of Subaru with only the BRZ rear wheel coupe lacking AWD, although it still has the Subaru Boxer engine. In most of the Outback range, including the 2.5i Premium the engine is paired with a CVT or Continuously Variable Transmission. However, the diesel is available with a manual six speed transmission if you prefer.
Throughout the range, the Outback has fog lights, roof rails featuring integrated cross bars, rain sensing wipers, adaptive cruise control, rear view camera, dual zone climate control, Subaru EyeSight system and full size spare wheel. The Subaru Outback 2016 Australia update also added extra safety equipment including SRVD or Subaru’s Side Rear Vehicle Detection. This system includes lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, high beam assist, auto dimming rearview mirror and blind spot monitoring.