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- Outback Sport (2020-2022)
Worst Car I Have Ever Driven
I bought the Outback Sport model new in November 2021 and have covered about 3,000 kilometres, on a variety of country roads. I find the electronics terrible and, at times, dangerous. This car has turned what used to be a relaxing country drive into one of annoyance and increasing frustration. And the systems default to "on" every time you restart the car. I have a large list of complaints about this car, but the following are particularly annoying to me.
The Lane Departure interference system frequently (every few minutes on some roads) loses ...
Purchased in November 2021.
- Outback Touring (2020-2022)
Good level of tech. heavy steady car, a bit slow in acceleration
Tech: good level of cameras, blue tooth, USB , driver assist etc... but no knobs that you need to take your eye off the road to make changes. Would have been to have speed projection on the wind screen. For some reason the automatic breaking doesn't seem to work too well, always does an emergency stop 5-6 meters out.
Speed: Outback is never going to be a WRX. I have upgraded to outback touring from my Toyota Corella, and I can definitely feel the slow start from traffic lights, and even on the motor way I can feel the heaviness. Stea...dy and smooth but feels heavy and a little sluggish. Comfort level: Lots of room, customisable seats. Internal design: good spacing but potential blind spots at the fronts when turning so you will need to really move around to check for traffic coming around the corner. Power: I drive daily up and down a steep hill so I can feel the power from the x-drive. grips well even in the rain and wet slippery slope.
Purchased in September 2021 at Suttons for $53,500.
Silent, competent, head turning, safe.
I've read earlier reviews on Subaru Outbacks and having recently bought one, I wanted to perhaps balance some of the negatives mentioned about earlier versions. Firstly, we owned a 2000 manual Outback that served us well. It was traded on a zippy little Golf TDI, a wonderful little car, but no longer produced in diesel, had a costly drive belt replacement at 100,000 intervals ($1500), a space saver spare. So, the new car had to have - a timing chain (yes), standard fuel (yes), a full sized spare with a fifth mag wheel (yes), decent towing capa...city (yes). It needed to be fully up to date with safety technology, stylish to look at, finished in clean, attractive lines, and have an easy, but reliable driving feel. It's been a revelation. Firstly, it's extremely well sound insulated, has beautiful visibility, outstanding lights (no more worrying about good spread on the road edges to spot those roos in time), steering with good feel, excellent brakes and good fuel economy. We drive around town a lot, but also do long distances and our first tank returned 7.1l/100. Outstanding, remembering that constant 4 wheel drive has always been thirstier than 2 wheel drive. The vehicle is able to switch modes to suit mud and snow, as yet untried, but the original one handled bush driving more than adequately, including one hair raising trip when we got to the point of no return on a back road and had to continue in mud and flood waters almost up to the door sills. No problem, this one will do as well, if not better. The ground clearance is outstanding, although if you are serious off roading, departure and approach angles are not designed for that. You need to go full height SUV, but we will never be winching our Outback up a rocky mountain or crossing Queensland rivers in flood. The safety features are excellent, and if there are situations where you find some feature annoying (for instance lane departure on a narrow country track), these things can be switched off. Admittedly, the start/stop is ludicrous and we switch ours off as part of our 'pre flight check'. Just put a short cut on your infotainment screen and its three pushes each time you start the car. Not convenient, but better than being irritated. The front, back and side cameras are good resolution, and we have everything we need to counter some of the hazards, like supermarket car park lunacy. I'd have liked a bird's eye camera, but that's not a deal breaker. Drawbacks? Yes, I know many people bemoan the CVT, and I was afraid it would annoy me. There's no kick down, just a gentle upward curve of the throttle. That's how a CVT is designed to be. However, live with it. It's going to be the norm. Yes, there's no rocket like forward propulsion like my Golf turbo, but this is not a boy racer car. It's a car to be enjoyed, to be relaxed in, to do what you ask of it without fuss. It also has paddles, and '8 speed manual function' but if you want a rocket, buy a WRX. I'm not impressed with the SatNav, which is below par. I won't be paying for updates. I'm not alone there, and will probably be using our stand alone old one. A minor disappointment is no courtesy lights in the foot wells. Small thing, but not a deal breaker. That's all I have found. The streets are full of soft roaders, but I have been absolutely stunned at how much attention our car has got from the townspeople who noticed we no longer drive the Golf. Almost universally terms like 'gorgeous', 'wish I could afford one', 'you must have won the Lotto'. No negatives on the looks, the interior blows people away, with those crisp lines, the lovely soft upholstery, the panoramic windscreen, and those extra protective bits of black. It's the first time we have owned a car that others drooled over and asked a million questions. Finally, on the subject of Subaru customer service. VW were not exactly friendly or helpful when we encountered problems. Tends to be the norm these days. However, if I were locked into a dispute with Subaru Australia and got no satisfaction, I would be inclined to go straight to Subaru Japan. They value their good name, they value good manners and consideration. They would most likely move heaven and earth to help, and most likely have a few pointed words to say to their Australian counterparts.
Purchased in May 2021 at Baker Motors Albury.
- Outback Sport (2020-2022)
Love the look but not the Sales manager
We are happy with our Outback sport, love the look but just a little disappointed by the removal of some of the memory features. Having the facial recognition on the car, it says hello to me but it doesn't have the ability to move my seat and mirrors to my settings. Cheeky move by Subaru. Other than that the two tone seats with the green stitching are nice, the blacked out features and the dark wheels give the car a mean look. Thanx to our salesman at Eblen Subaru, he got us a great deal but not impressed with the new car sales manager's behaviour.
Purchased in March 2021 at Eblen Subaru for $45,500.
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