Those who have always trusted Subaru’s solid reputation for quality, performance and reliability will find more justification for this with the Subaru Outback. Adding to its appeal is the fact that the diesel now comes with automatic transmission.
The Subaru Outback’s continuously variable transmission (CVT) reacts to the accelerator being depressed over 65 per cent by shifting into ‘step shift control’. In effect this sees the automatic move through seven artificial gears as speed increases. The base level 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine responds with 110kW of power and 350Nm of torque. A 5-star ANCAP safety rating takes care of any passenger concerns with the youngest being secured by the Isofix child seat anchors, while comfort and entertainment is well provided for.
Dual-zone air conditioning in a very spacious cabin brings welcome relief from Australian summer temperatures. The larger Premium model also features an electric sunroof and rear air conditioning vents. Full leather trimmed seats easily accommodate two or three adults in the back, while a power driver’s seat with memory function keeps the captain happy. A 7-inch LCD screen gives access to satellite navigation among other features and with 213mm ground clearance, the Subaru Outback navigates all terrains with minimal bumpiness.
The steering of the latest Outback offering is a lot more precise and a number of electronic safety features intervene when things get rough. As its name suggests, the Subaru Outback is ideal for exploring the most rugged of Australian terrains with impressive ease and comfort.