110,000km of excellence
Purchased our car at two years old (ex Govt lease) with only 22,000km on the clock. I managed to add another 90,000km in just over three years and found the whole experience of ownership to be trouble free. The car has ample power, speed, and driver feedback with the 6cyl well worth the extra spend. I'm only disappointed that Subaru won't be continuing with this engine in the new series. Since the Subaru used only 91Ron fuel its thirst was off-set by savings by shopping around. I changed the tyres to Kumho last year and saw a major improvement ...to handling, quietness and ride quality over the OEM Bridgestones. I wish I'd made that change earlier. I appreciated the fact I could turn off the lane departure warning since that really annoyed me with its constant chirping (too sensitive on Australian roads that are constantly under re-development). So that was permanently off (I wish my new car would do that!). The auto tail gate was also infrequently delinquent depending on whether you had a gentle breeze (or worse) around you at the time. But these annoying little idiosyncrasies where more than made up for by the positive ownership experience. I found only one occasion to call on Subaru for support and they organised for the RAC of WA to come out to me only to find the trailer I was towing had caused a minor fuse to blow. The RAC mechanic also only had good things to say about the Outback. Worth noting is that around the 100,000km mark two things start to happen - with the 6cyl you have a timing chain which doesnt need replacing. With the 4cyl you will have a timing belt which will cost around $1,200 to replace. Be cautioned that you're not swindled by a repairer for this task. Second, my 6cyl started using a little oil (within manufacturer spec) but if you don't keep the oil up you're likely to have issues with the head where its not being adequately lubricated - a costly issue as well. So if you have one, be sure and check the oil levels often.
Purchased in March 2017.
Perfect family car
- Previously owned a Subaru liberty (3.6) and it was great. Though a bit thirsty with the fuel but was great to drive.
- Went in for the 2020 outback 3.6 and I’m glad I did. It is however a bit heavier than the liberty but I can already feel that Subaru has made improvements to the engine, drive and suspension.
- Average fuel numbers in city driving but good numbers on the highway
- Plenty of space
- Plenty of grip
- Solid build quality
- Comes with 5 year warranty now which is great
- Very comfortable for long and short rides
Cons...- CVT engine - No more six cylinders on offer. I heard that Subaru will stop offering 6 cylinder engines from 2021 which is a shame. Also, the design of the next outback is hideous.
Best car the wife has driven
purchased car brand new in November 2019 . Wife has done 9012km she said it is comfortable and quiet to drive. Car averages out at 6.85km per 100kms. So cheap to run
Purchased brand new and a lemon! Atrocious lack of support from Subaru Australia!!!
With a young child and a newborn baby in tow, I researched all the features and thought I was treating the family to a luxurious, safe and wonderful brand new car. It was the Premium model, the best we could get, leather interior, sunroof, all the convenient wizz-bang electronics to make us feel safe and happy while getting around. I never once entertained the thought that I might regret my purchase or end up with a lemon. In the rare event of problems arising, I expected that Subaru would earnestly try to assist, especially in the case of a...brand-loyal customer: Nope. Didn't happen. We were impressed at first, the dealer was lovely and after loving 2 previous Subaru vehicles until their long lives ended (an older Outback and another Subaru wagon), we were loyally continuing our brand association by adding another Subaru car to our family and we trusted our significant financial decision would deliver on all its promises. Instead it has been a time consuming frustrating nightmare. Nightmare! Not being listened to by Subaru, enduring non-rectification of continuing issues and major faults with the car, having Subaru Australia staff being ignorant, dismissive or downright unprofessional/arrogant/rude... the list goes on. Have you ever had a brand new car with sophisticated electronics lock itself with your full set of keys inside to your house, garage and car??? Right when you are frantically searching for the keys to drive your young child to school in time while your little baby is crying and you're needing to lock the house, you think to yourself that the keys simply can't be in the locked car because it's technically impossible with that level of electronics??? Multiple times for me, both while I was outside and inside the car!!! So that you feel the car could lock your little kids and baby in and leave you and your family highly unsafe. In my case when this happened, I also thought "thank goodness my phone is with me so I can call someone..." Well, don't bother calling Subaru Australia Customer Relations to tell them what is happening yet again to your new car like I did when I was waiting for the other half to come home from work in a taxi so I could unlock the car and untrap myself and my young kids to be at school, somewhere we were required to be and we were horribly late for due to the car's series of major faults.
- Outback 5GEN 3.6R (2014-2021)
- Verified purchase
Outback 2019 3.6
I agonised over what car to buy, can’t believe how much I love this car. The smooth power and great steering the comfort of the drivers seat to the enormous space of the back seat.
The little things like a light coming on under my door stepping out into a dark garage, so cool it’s awesome!
Great car, can't beat the performance safety and reliability and overall value of the 3.6r outback.
Brilliant car, love the thick torque through rev range, Much quicker than the 2.5l litre liberty 10.5sec 0-100 , 3.6r 7.5 sec 0-100. Fuel consumption great on highway and average around town if you're enjoying the engines instant strong power. Adaptive cruise control eyesight is very nice and I feel good knowing my wife and family are in one of the safest cars around.
It's not a race car but has very good real world performance.
Purchased in May 2019 for A$35,000.00.
The most uninspiring Subaru Ive ever bought.
Bought this vehicle having been a dedicated Subaru driver since the venerable L series - a 1990 champion car. This is the base model 2.5i AWD. I drive long highway hauls and will often take the back tracks when holidaying or just poking around looking for new walks, sights and surf spots. Rarely do I poke around city commuting.- I drive confidently on gravel and forest roads and expect the car under me to hold up to it.
This Gen5 Outback isn't a bad vehicle by any means, but it is certainly not 'off road inspiring', 'sporty', or exciting in any...
Purchased in May 2020.
Well designed car. Local dealer not so good.
Had the vehicle 2 years now and very happy with the product. Subaru have done a good job in the design and engineering. The eyesight system and adaptive cruise control is reliable.
I tested the 2.5 before and it was nice to drive but the 3.6 is relaxed power and there is no revving with the CVT it's incredible smooth.
It's a lot of car for the money. Well done Subaru.
Negatives: the only issue the car has is with the multifunction unit. It has stopped working twice and keeps getting poor radio reception (not related to location)
The dealer has not been so good: Melville Subaru. They messed up the factory 5 year warranty then tried to give me an insurance plan. On one service they forgot to tighten the oil drain plug back up.
Purchased in September 2018.
I purchased an new outback in 2014. Unfortunately this week the CVT completely failed, and the initial costing from the dealership is around the $10,000 mark! Doing some basic research this is not in a unique problem for 2014 Subaru’s in general. I was hoping to even trade in the vehicle on a new outback if financially viable.
Designed for city driving
Two months in and thought I'd jot down some of my thoughts on the 2019 Subaru 2.5i Premium.
:) Most of the safety features are good
:) Looks good
:) Interior is nice and it's comfortable to drive
:) Good visibility
:) Enough power (in S mode) most of the time
:) Entertainment unit & GPS are well thought out and fairly intuitive
:) Cruise control is great
Purchased in August 2019.
Not good enough
We have a 2017 model and after about 6 months the engine started rattling and hammering on cold starts with a major loss of engine power. Subaru fobbed this off as normal due to the cold oil not running into the engine on start up?? After about 5mins of driving the noise generally dies down as the oil finally does its job. I reminded them it was built in 2017 not 1965! But Subaru Sydney don't give a damn.
Also the CVT tends to over rev going up hills and the stop start braking only works rarely.
The other annoyance for such a large car is t...he lack of proper storage areas compared to other cars. There are no storage areas in the boot except for 2 useless cavities. All together simply not good enough with issues I never experienced in my Foester which I rated 4 out of 5. Oh and I forgot to mention the GPS is useless! Use Google instead.
Purchased in November 2017.
All 4 the Driver is SO TRUE
Second hand purchase from SA and return drive to Mackay Queensland was a dream drive. Used daily great for trips to Cairns, Emerald and Gladstone. The eyesight is a great.
Purchased in January 2019 at Private.
Quality vehicle with a Subaru design fail
I bought a Subaru Outback 2.5i premium new after the 2018 facelift. My last Subaru was traded in 2003. I came back to the brand after a succession of various overseas vehicles that never quite matched the Subaru experience, and because Subaru were designing better looking vehicles. However, my 2018 model had the Harmon Karman head unit design failure; the unit could not be re-booted because the screen died and there was no USB socket on the unit for uploading software. So, for the price of a USB socket, the whole unit had to be removed from the...car and a brand new one put back in. It took 3 months to get a replacement head unit and not one word of apology or compensation from Subaru Sydney or my Melbourne dealership. Apart from that issue, the Outback is a class leading vehicle. I am glad I returned to the brand.
Purchased in March 2018 at Subaru Docklands.
Best car I've ever owned
Bought a new Outback 3.6R a month ago, seriously this is the nicest car I've owned. Super quiet and silky smooth, built well, very refined and has all the technology for a safe drive. Especially love the Harman Kardon sound system. Looking forward to good times in this car. Thanks Subaru
Purchased in June 2019 for A$46,700.00.
Safety & practicality. There's not much the Outback won't do.
The 2017 Subaru Outback Premium is my daily ride. I needed a car that would transport all my work kit without stuffing the rear space, with no room to spare.
Maybe one day, I'll own a WRX. For the time being, the Outback is perfectly practical for shunting me and my bits around the city and across country.
My annual kms is around 35,000. The Outback has nice long legs for comfortable journeys. Even after several hours behind the wheel, back and bum support is excellent. My wife and I road-tripped to outback Queensland and western NSW over a cou...
Purchased in February 2018.
Quality, usability, funtional and great value.
2015 Subaru Outback premium this is a great car for the family. Funtional and roomy inside with cup holders, rear folding seats, USB ports, sunroof and leather seats. Big roomy rear wagon with quick release handle to fold seats. Ecomonical engine with good smooth power and transmission. Funtional roof rack option which fits neatly into the top plastic roof tracks. Love this car. Great japanese build and quaility. Best valued family wagon on the market.
Just purchased a new Subaru Outback and initial view is not great. The car appears to be good quality finish, but first drive on the highway, I found the front to be wandering requiring continuous corrections with the steering. Tyre pressures did need adjusting which gave a slight improvement. A bit disappointed with this. After a couple of attempts, the steering issue has been sorted. Seems the wheel alignment was the issue
Purchased in April 2019.
3.5 stars. More room than the Forester but has a few to many minor annoyances
It is not a bad car by any stretch of the imagination but I miss my Forester which I rated as Good! Sadly it was a necessary change model to accommodate car seats + buggies + luggage+ adults.
As mentioned above it is definitely roomier than the Forester, has more boot space and is probably a little more comfortable for long drives, but it doesn't feel like it has quite the as much oomph. (Probably due to smaller maximum engine size, heavier car, 91 fuel vs 97 for the forester)
Also, despite the sales dude assuring me that the electronic feature...
Purchased in December 2017.
2018 Subaru Outback Hobart- average car and average service
This car is my principal transport within a rural environment.
-The vehicle is comfortable to drive
-The cruise control works well
-The vehicle handles well on the road
-There is lots of space inside
Unfortunately the electrics are not reliable and the service agents are unable to understand this.
My Autolock doesn’t always Auto Unlock when it should, the service agents first response to this was that I could just switch the Autolock off then there wouldn’t be a problem? Their next response was that I must be changing my settings and need to re...
Purchased in February 2018 for A$48,000.00.
More pros than cons of this car
I use this car for family transport and use it 6-7 days a week.
-Seats are fine
-Security system works and the key is great
-The cruise control is bliss when driving on the highway
-The bluetooth is brilliant
-Eyesight and lane control is fine
-I was rear-ended and the car held up perfectly (I had a tow bar on)
Cons:...-The automatic boot is temperamental (If you press the button twice it stuffs it up) -The Subaru app is redundant (If you have any ideas tell me please) -The GPS is 95% of the time right
Purchased in February 2017.
Questions & Answers
I am a very happy Subaru owner during the last 12years and during the last 5 years a 2015 3.6 R premium outback. This car is outstanding and easily the best car i have owned in approximately 50 years of driving various makes and models. The Outback has a great power to weight ratio, superb driving / handling characteristics, comfortable, able to handle reasonably serious off road conditions, has a great Harmon Kardon stereo and lots of nice tech ( do yourself a favor and check out the spec,s on this vehicle )
Another great attribute with this Outback 3.6 R is it runs on ordinary 91Ron unleaded petrol. the best economy I have achieved is 7.6 litres per 100kl,s. It is not to difficult to achieve around 8.4 to 9.5 average with sensible driving.
I have recently considered upgrading my Subaru Outback to the newest model, a bit more refined, more power maybe ,upgraded tech, suspension and so on. Not a big ask for Subaru. Wrong ! ! ! Very wrong.
Trying to get real information about the new 2021 Subaru Outback is akin to pulling teeth, however I believe the new model only has a 2,5 litre engine and ( your kidding us ) no turbo available. The crazy part is they have increased the tow value from 1800 KG,s to 2000 KGs. REALLY.
Subaru, you may have known what you were doing, but what were you thinking. you have made a major blunder ( in my opinion) by robing your customers of owning a Subaru with decent, safe power.
It appears that to own a 3.6 Outback now the 2020 model is the last available. Very sad. So, get onto the car sales websites, have your money handy and buy one . you won,t regret it.
Hi @ Graeme, Thank you so much for your review. We know that there is a great appreciation for the 3.6R model in the Outback. While it may not be an available option in the new Outback, we're constantly working with the factory in Japan about future possibilities for us. We recently released specs and pricing on the 2021 Outback which you can check out here but there will be more to come as we get closer to its release in March. The Subaru Team.
Thanks Subaru Australia for your reply. I look forward to Subaru Japan having a light bulb moment and re-introducing the 3.6 engine or similar in 2022 . We should not be limited to underpowered smaller engines that do not cut the mustard, especially when towing/overtaking. People will pay a premium price for a premium vehicle / engine combination.
I hope we get the goods in 2022.
The power and torque figures of 129kW and 235Nm under details are incorrect for the 3.6
I question the engine power and torque listed here for the 2.5 Lt petrol.
|Category||Large / 7 Seater SUVs||Large / 7 Seater SUVs||Large / 7 Seater SUVs||Large / 7 Seater SUVs|
|Transmission||Continuously Variable (CVT)||Continuously Variable (CVT)||Continuously Variable (CVT)||Continuously Variable (CVT) and Manual|
|Drive Type||All Wheel Drive (AWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)|
|Wheels||18" Alloy||18" Alloy||18" Alloy||17" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||7.3 L/100km||7.3 L/100km||9.9 L/100km||6.3 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||60 L||60 L||60 L||60 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.5L||4 Cylinder 2.5L||6 Cylinder 3.6L||4 Cylinder 2.0L|
|Max Power||191kW @ 6000rpm||110kW @ 3600rpm||129kW @ 5800rpm||129kW @ 5800rpm|
|Max Torque||350Nm @ 4400rpm||350Nm @ 1600-2800rpm||235Nm @ 4000rpm||235Nm @ 4000rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Japan||Japan||Japan||Japan|
|Ground Clearance||213 mm||213 mm||213 mm||213 mm|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||1,500 kg||1,500 kg||1,800 kg||1,700 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)|
|Release date||Dec 2014||Dec 2014||Dec 2014||Dec 2014|
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