2015 Subaru Outback Review (2016 MY)

now Putting Things Together Doesn't Always Work Case In Point, But Back In 1994 When Subaru Added Some Extra Ride Height And Plastic Cladding To A Second-generation Liberty Wagon Well They Not Only Created Something Good, But They Essentially Set The Trend For The Whole Crossover Wagon Market As We Know It Today Now In Its Fifth Generation The Subaru Outback Continues To Show That Providing You've Got Well The Right Ingredients Combining Things Is Always A Recipe For Success The Latest Subaru Outback Is Now A Standalone Model As Its Sister Liberty Is No Longer Offered As A Wagon The Revised Look Sees A New Grille Smart New Headlamps With LED Running Lights Updated Wheels Even New Mirrors Leather Black Plastic Cladding A Bit Of A Trademark Of The Outback Helps Really Support The Rugged Appeal, But It's Also Pretty Handy The Black Plastic Side Steps Continue On To The Rear Door Sills Allowing You To Step Up Here And Deploy The Cool Integrated Roof Crossbars Without Getting Dirty Feet On The Seats Staying True To Form The Outback Is Essentially A Jacked Up Version Of The Liberty Sitting 65 Millimeters Higher With A Two Hundred And Thirteen Millimeter Ride Height Now While That Does Help A Little Bit Of Off-road Capability For Me Makes It Easier To Get In And Out Now Inside The Outback It's Actually A Really Nice Place To Be There's Plenty Of Head And Shoulder Room Even With The Sunroof The Seats Are Leather Appointed And Actually Very Comfortable That Both Electrically Adjustable Both Heated The Driver's Even Has Electric Lumbar Support They're Pretty Good On Long Trips Or They Could Do With A Little Bit Of Extra Bolstering Now Subarus Done An Awful Lot To Try And Lift The Appeal Of The Cabin The Materials Tend To Be Reasonably Nice To Touch And The Addition Of Some Of The Elements Like The Shiny Black Surround On The Gearshift And Near The Touch Screen Are Particularly Nice Features This Silver Stuff Here Will Tend To Mark And Fade Over Time, But Generally It Lifted Their Game Overall Though The Outback Is Really Well Equipped In Fact In The Premium Grade There Are No Options Everything Is Here Climate Control Navigation Even Subarus Eyesight Driver Assist System That Has Everything From Radar-guided Cruise Control And Lane Departure Warning To Pre Collision Detection And Emergency Braking The System Can Even Pick Up Pedestrians And Brake Lights Of Cars In Front To Help Avoid A Collision There's Good Storage Twin Cupholders Central Cubby Even To USB Charge Points Pretty Handy, If You've Ever Traveled Anywhere With My Wife Pairing A Phone Is Easy You Can Stream Audio What's It Like In The Back Well Back Here There Really Is Acres Of Space At 6 Foot 3. I've Got Plenty Of Knee Leg And Even Head Room There Are Twin Cupholders Air Vents Map Pockets Door Pockets Plus The Seats Require Netting For A Little Bit Of Extra Comfort On A Long Trip On The Premium-grade The Boot Is Powered And Can Be Open Remotely And Slowly From The Fob Back Here You've Got Twin Luggage Hooks And Even Remote Releases To Fold The Rear Seats Expanding The 512 Litre Boot To Over 1,800 Litres Of Flat Floor Space There's Even A Full-size Spare And My Personal Favourite Somewhere To Store The Cargo Blind Under The Floor On The Move The 129 Kilowatt Two And A Half Litre Petrol Engine It Shuffles The Outback Along Quite Well That's No Rocket Ship Or A An Eco-warrior There's The 3.6 Hour Or 2 Litre Diesel For That Role, But Tell You What It's Pretty Good For Day-to-day Driving On The Freeway The Outback Feels Really Poised And Quite Comfortable It's Actually Still Pretty Quiet In Here Too We've Measured The Sound At A Smidge Over 61 Decibels At 100 KS An Hour Now To Give You An Idea It's Pretty Much In Line With What We've Found In A Jaguar XF Subaru Claim A Combined Fuel Consumption Cycle Of About 7.3 Litres Per 100 For The 2.5 Liter Petrol Now Our Real-world Experience In This Car Has Been A Bit Higher Than That At 9.8 Litres Per Hundred It Has Been Largely Urban, But We're On The Freeway Now Which Really Should Bring It Down One Of The Big Differences That You See In A Japanese Car From A European One Is Well There's An Awful Lot Kind Of Going On Here There Are, Buttons On The Steering Wheel On The Dash On The Console Even On The Lower Dash Panel.

I Counted 83, Buttons And Functions That You Can Reach Here From The Drivers Position You Can Change Driving Modes From Intelligent The Sport You Can Even Tip The Transmission From Drive To Manual Giving The Instruments A Weird Kind Of Yucky Yellow Color, But Given The Output Of The Car And Well The Fact That It's A CVT Transmission. I'm Giving You A Nice Little Beep And A Cool Graph And After A Sensation Of Sportiness It Doesn't Actually Really Do Much And Being A Proper Subaru The Outback Features Constant Or Wheel Drive Certainly Good, If You're Going To Take It Off The Beaten Track Particularly In Sandy Or Snowy Terrain, But For Day-to-day Driving What That Does Is Give You A Certain Predictability About The Cars Performance And Handling Characteristics It's An Added Level Of Safety And Surety Combined With The Eyesight System And Five-star And Cab Certainly Makes The Outback Feel Like A Safe Proposition Now The Raised Ride Height Of The Outback In The Off-road Geared Suspension Does Make It A Relatively Firm Ride, But It's Not A Harsh Ride You Do Feel All The Bumps And Imperfections In The Road, But Particularly Around Town With Cobbles Or Speed Humps Out Paper Rides Over Them Supremely Easily And Comfortably And Never Crashes About As A Family Touring Car Tell You What The Outback Really Just Eats Up The Miles It's A Really Really Nice Car. I Can Imagine Melbourne To Sydney To Brisbane And Further Family Load It Up In The Outback Loads Of Fun Now Come Off The Freeway And Get Into Some Of Australia's Outback Or At Least Here Out The Back Of Melbourne And The Outback Again Handles Be Roads Really Nicely You Do Feel The Bumps, But It Soaks Them Up Quite Well That's Still Very Comfortable For Passengers Turn In It's Direct It's Perhaps Earing To The Side Of Heavy, But It's Certainly Manageable And Very Very Easy To Live We Well In All The 2015 Subaru Outback Really Is A Terrific Package It's Smarter And More Premium Than It Ever Has Been And It's Still Just As Capable And Livable As It Ever Was Now It May Not Be Up To The Premium Levels Of Some Of Its European Counterparts Like The Audi Allroad Or Volvo Xc70, But You Know What Neither Is The Price Because That's The Best Bit The 2015 Subaru Outback Range Starts From Just Over $35,000 And In Fact This Car A Fully Optioned Premium 2.5 Litre Petrol Is Just Over $40,000 Now That's A Tremendous Amount Of Value For A Car That Stays True Unlike Our Chocolate - Subarus Original Recipe Of Melding Station Wagon Livability With Off-roader Practicality And.

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