WHAT STANDS OUT?
The Outback may not look like other SUVs, but that’s part of its appeal. It is based on a passenger wagon and means the Outback takes to windy roads better than its taller, bulkier competitors.
Outback’s all-wheel drive system also puts it a step ahead for those who like a bit more adventure. Unlike other all-wheel drive vehicles which only send power to the rear wheels when they can’t get grip, the system in this Subaru ensures all four tyres are receiving even amounts of power aligning it closer to a 4WD. It’s referred to as a light-duty off-roader, meaning it’s not about to get you up a muddy, rutted mountain, but it’ll cope comfortably on gravel and snow.
But value is the biggest winner when it comes to the Outback. And the key to that is what’s inside…
SO, WHAT’S INSIDE?
There’s no shortage of standard gear in the SUV, but perhaps its biggest difference is in Subaru’s decision to include its advanced active safety system – EyeSight – on all automatic models. That means adaptive cruise control and emergency braking are standard.
The Outback comes with three different engine options in the three variants – 2.0D, 2.5i and 3.6R. The 2.0D and 2.5i variants also have a Premium upgrade option which will cost a few thousand more for some extra luxuries like smart key entry, heated front seats and additional safety features.
If its power you want, then you’ll get it with the 3.6R’s 6-cylinder petrol engine.
Then there’s the space and accommodating back seats. The Outback excels in this area, even for a wagon-based SUV. Then again, an SUV without space is like a Nutella donut without the Nutella.
We’re going to play middle ground here and say the 2.5i is best value for your money. It’s got the performance, it’s got the class-leading safety technology and it’s got the features. If you want to pay extra for a little bit more luxury, like leather seats, then the Premium model upgrade is available.
The newest 2016 update doesn’t see any drastic changes in the Outback and it’s not a car that prides itself on dynamic ability, but it comes with better safety, more technology with some marginal upgrades to the driving experience putting it toward the front of the race for best value SUV.
Click here to read our full review on the Subaru Outback range.