Not much has changed visually in the new Subaru Outback – but technically it has been completely redeveloped. Only one flaw prevents it from competing against expensive German cars. Friedberg (Hesse) – Extravagant were Subaru. Especially the top model Outback always. And a real alternative to the usual off-the-shelf SUV: Unusual design, coupled with a highly patented all-wheel drive, plenty of space for the whole family and long-distance qualities are unique in this combination. But the days of racing against premium competition from Europe with a wide range of engines are long gone. In Europe the Outback is now only available with the 2.5 liter boxer engine. The slim 124 kW / 169 hp engine. A manageable torque of 252 Nm at 3.800 tours.800 tours. (Subaru Hybrid XV 2.0ie: this flaw on the e-boxer reins in the gas foot)
New Subaru Outback on test: an all-wheeler that drives almost at Audi level
In the USA the situation is different; the powerful turbo version competes against the allroad versions of the Audi A4 / A6 or the allterrain models of Mercedes. You don't even have to try with the local 2.5 liter naturally aspirated engine. On the other hand, the four-cylinder boxer runs as smoothly as ever and is well matched to the continuously variable CVT automatic transmission, which robs the all-wheel-drive estate of some of its dynamics despite its eight virtual gearshifts. The driving performance is solid; but for a 4.87-meter family station wagon, no more than the. From a standstill it goes in 10.2 seconds to 100 km / h, and the top speed is 193 km / h. The Outback isn't exhilarating, but it's not a lame duck either: if you step on the gas and switch to the manual gearshift, you can be on your way in no time at all. One should not be disturbed then only by the slightly strained sound of the four-cylinder suction engine. (Suzuki Ignis: Club, Comfort, Basic – the Japanese mini SUV and its equipment variants)
New Subaru Outback in the test: In these points it is better than the predecessor
The new platform, different axles and a modified overall package are good for the five-door, although the 21.5 centimeters of ground clearance are noticeable in fast cornering: here the Outback understeers noticeably in the limit range, but always well behaved. In addition, the smooth power-assisted steering could provide a bit more feedback from the road surface. But the tuning of springs and dampers and the noise level on poor road surfaces are significantly better than before. As is the interior: the space is great with its wheelbase of 2.75 meters, the seats are good – and if the steering wheel with its 18 control buttons wasn't from the past decade, you'd be playing at the level of the German premium league. The electric tailgate opens and closes in barely more than four seconds, previously it took almost twice as long. After a short time to get used to the new 11.6-inch screen, the finger just slips through the control levels, which makes the analog round clocks behind the handy steering wheel look quite old. (Subaru owner drives hundreds of miles with demolished windshield – here's how he looked out)
New Subaru Outback in the test: Can it go off-road??
The 40.890 Euro base model Trend offers, among other things, electric and rear heated seats, heated steering wheel and LED headlights in addition to the control display in the center of the dashboard. Most customers will probably buy the top version Outback Platinum for at least 45.990, which offers details such as a sound system, leather seats, glass sunroof and various driver assistance systems. Visually a bit more rustic, the Subaru Outback Exclusive Cross adds some visual off-road trim, black and green roof rails and 318 kilos of roof load – ideal for using a roof tent. And with all-wheel drive, the Subaru Outback masters even unpaved roads. The interior of the Ignis is also somewhat more rustic, with hard-wearing leatherette seats. All that's really needed now to make Subaru happy is a powerful turbo engine -. Plug-in hybrid drive in the medium term.