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Subaru Outback 5GEN

Subaru Outback 5GEN (2014-2021)

Also referred to as: Subaru Outback 5GEN 2020 and Subaru Outback 5GEN 2022. 2.5i Premium, 3.6R, 2.5i, etc...
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FerrisBueller

FerrisBuellerPerth

  • 7 reviews
  • 1 like

110,000km of excellence

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Purchased in March 2017.

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tinkertoy

tinkertoyNSW, 2000

  • 21 reviews
  • 9 likes

Perfect family car

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Purchased in October 2020 at Tynan Motors.

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MansfieldJohno

MansfieldJohnoNortheast, VIC

  • 21 reviews
  • 18 likes

Best car the wife has driven

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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 in November 2019 at Subaru Dealers for A$45,898.00.

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M M

M MPerth

  • 3 reviews
  • 15 likes

Purchased brand new and a lemon! Atrocious lack of support from Subaru Australia!!!

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Year2016
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Subaru Australia
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Hi @ M M, We're sorry to hear of your experience with your Subaru. Please feel free to send us a direct message to our Facebook page with your vehicle details and we'll be in touch. The Subaru Team.

M M
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SubaruSubaru Australia

Hi @ M M, It is unfortunate that you feel that way. We wish you well with your further interactions with the dealer. You are welcome to contact us at your discretion be it via our Customer Relations Team or our Facebook page. The Subaru Team.

Linda Maree

Linda MareeMurrumbidgee Region, NSW

  • 9 reviews
  • 6 likes

Outback 2019 3.6

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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!

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Year2019
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Subaru Australia
SubaruSubaru Australia

Great car, can't beat the performance safety and reliability and overall value of the 3.6r outback.

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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.

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Year2016
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Ramjet59

Ramjet59Canberra

  • 20 reviews
  • 17 likes

The most uninspiring Subaru Ive ever bought.

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Purchased in May 2020.

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Year2019
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Ramjet59
Ramjet59

If you can provide a roofrack that is actually able to take something tied onto it, that would be a miracle. Those roofrails and bars are nothing but cosmetic failures.

Subaru Australia
SubaruSubaru Australia

Thanks for your feedback @ Ramjet59 which we will be sure to pass on. The Subaru Team.

Alan

AlanPerth, WA

  • 4 reviews
  • 4 likes

Well designed car. Local dealer not so good.

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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.

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Warren

WarrenCentral West, NSW

Shattered

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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.

Purchased in May 2014 at Subaru Dealers.

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SubaruSubaru Australia

Hi @ Warren, We're sorry to hear of your concern with your Outback. If you would like to discuss this further with us, please feel free to contact our Customer Relations Team on 1800 22 66 43 or feedback@subaru.com.au. The Subaru Team.

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ELK

ELKSydney, NSW

Designed for city driving

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Purchased in August 2019.

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fdsaj

fdsajAU

  • 26 reviews
  • 23 likes

Not good enough

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Purchased in November 2017.

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Year2017
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Jimbo

JimboCentral Queensland, QLD

All 4 the Driver is SO TRUE

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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.

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Year2015
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Quality vehicle with a Subaru design fail

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Purchased in March 2018 at Subaru Docklands.

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dior2009

dior2009Greater Melbourne (Outer), VIC

  • 18 reviews
  • 16 likes

Best car I've ever owned

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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.

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batchee

batcheeSouth East Queensland, QLD

  • 19 reviews
  • 10 likes

Safety & practicality. There's not much the Outback won't do.

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Purchased in February 2018.

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Year2017
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Silverback

SilverbackSouth East Queensland, QLD

  • 7 reviews
  • 6 likes

Quality, usability, funtional and great value.

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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.

Purchased in May 2018 at Subaru Dealers for A$28,500.00.

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Iggy Pop

Iggy PopCentral Queensland, QLD

  • 2 reviews
  • 3 likes

Subaru

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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.

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Year2018
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Pitpat

PitpatHobart, TAS

  • 70 reviews
  • 31 likes

3.5 stars. More room than the Forester but has a few to many minor annoyances

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Purchased in December 2017.

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TJL

TJL

  • 3 reviews
  • 4 likes

2018 Subaru Outback Hobart- average car and average service

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Purchased in February 2018 for A$48,000.00.

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Sean Saunders

Sean SaundersSouth East Queensland, QLD

  • 9 reviews
  • 2 likes

More pros than cons of this car

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Purchased in February 2017.

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graeme

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Outback 5GEN 3.6R (2014-2021)

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.
Graes

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SubaruSubaru Australia

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.

graeme
graeme

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.
Graes.

Alan

Alanasked

Outback 5GEN 3.6R (2014-2021)

The power and torque figures of 129kW and 235Nm under details are incorrect for the 3.6

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Noel P.

Noel P.asked

Outback 5GEN 2.5i (2014-2021)

I question the engine power and torque listed here for the 2.5 Lt petrol.

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CategoryLarge / 7 Seater SUVsLarge / 7 Seater SUVsLarge / 7 Seater SUVsLarge / 7 Seater SUVs
Starting Price A$41,345A$48,052A$54,877A$44,023
TransmissionContinuously Variable (CVT)Continuously Variable (CVT)Continuously Variable (CVT)Continuously Variable (CVT) and Manual
Drive TypeAll Wheel Drive (AWD)All Wheel Drive (AWD)All Wheel Drive (AWD)All Wheel Drive (AWD)
Fuel TypePetrolPetrolPetrolDiesel
Wheels18" Alloy18" Alloy18" Alloy17" Alloy
ANCAP Safety Rating5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Doors5555
Seats5555
Fuel Consumption7.3 L/100km7.3 L/100km9.9 L/100km6.3 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 60 L60 L60 L60 L
Engine4 Cylinder 2.5L4 Cylinder 2.5L6 Cylinder 3.6L4 Cylinder 2.0L
Max Power191kW @ 6000rpm110kW @ 3600rpm129kW @ 5800rpm129kW @ 5800rpm
Max Torque350Nm @ 4400rpm350Nm @ 1600-2800rpm235Nm @ 4000rpm235Nm @ 4000rpm
Country of ManufactureJapanJapanJapanJapan
Safety Features
  • Active Cruise Control
  • AEB (Auto Emergency Braking)
  • Blindspot Warning System
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • ISO-fix Compatible
  • Lane Assist
  • Reversing Camera
  • Traction Control
  • Active Cruise Control
  • AEB (Auto Emergency Braking)
  • Blindspot Warning System
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • ISO-fix Compatible
  • Lane Assist
  • Reversing Camera
  • Traction Control
  • Active Cruise Control
  • AEB (Auto Emergency Braking)
  • Blindspot Warning System
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • ISO-fix Compatible
  • Lane Assist
  • Reversing Camera
  • Traction Control
  • Active Cruise Control
  • AEB (Auto Emergency Braking)
  • Blindspot Warning System
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • ISO-fix Compatible
  • Lane Assist
  • Reversing Camera
  • Traction Control
Extra Features
  • Android Auto / Apple Carplay
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Automatic Start/Stop Engine
  • Automatic Wipers
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Dual Zone Air Conditioning
  • Immobilizer
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Steering
  • Telescoping Steering Wheel
  • USB Port
  • Voice Control
  • Android Auto / Apple Carplay
  • Automatic Boot
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Automatic Start/Stop Engine
  • Automatic Wipers
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Built-In Navigation System
  • Dual Zone Air Conditioning
  • Heated Seats
  • Immobilizer
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Steering
  • Sunroof
  • Telescoping Steering Wheel
  • USB Port
  • Voice Control
  • Android Auto / Apple Carplay
  • Automatic Boot
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Automatic Wipers
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Built-In Navigation System
  • Dual Zone Air Conditioning
  • Heated Seats
  • Immobilizer
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Steering
  • Sunroof
  • Telescoping Steering Wheel
  • USB Port
  • Voice Control
  • Android Auto / Apple Carplay
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Automatic Wipers
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Dual Zone Air Conditioning
  • Immobilizer
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Steering
  • Telescoping Steering Wheel
  • USB Port
  • Voice Control
Ground Clearance213 mm213 mm213 mm213 mm
Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)1,500 kg1,500 kg1,800 kg1,700 kg
Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)750 kg750 kg750 kg750 kg
Manufacturer Warranty3 year(s)3 year(s)3 year(s)3 year(s)
Release dateDec 2014Dec 2014Dec 2014Dec 2014
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