Excellent, does everything you need from a car and lots more.
Ok so let's start with the bad points, I'm not overly keen on the digital heater control as I prefer to be able to just twist a dial and be done with it, but in the grand scheme of things it's not too bad, it does look good though.
The good points, where do I begin!!! I have the diesel engine which is super economical, easily gets 650-700km a tank on short trips and 800km plus on longer journeys.
The seats/interior is comfortable, durable and looks good. The boot is huge!
On the road it is quite and comfortable.
Off road it is surprisingl...
Great family car with good power.
Awd handles very well, the 2018 model is really eye catching. Sexy looking car. Not to high the vehicle level.
I got the base model and although the premium would have been nice I’ve got 2 young kid that will mess it up.
Fuel costs are very good. Great features. Siri and iPhone play.
Great car at a great cost.
The vehicle has plenty of room.esp goo for growing gfamily.
- Outback 4GEN (2009-2014)
- Verified purchase
An excellent vehicle
We purchased the 2.0L Turbo Diesel 3 weeks ago, and while this hasn't given us an awful lot of time to experience the vehicle personally, I can vouch for its mechanical ardour. We got a pre-purchase mechanical check and after 148k kilometres the only thing of concern was the battery, which was the original, lasting 8 years.
For a two litre diesel this thing is effortlessly swift for a large car. Great acceleration and cruising up steep hills for this size car.
It has great stock accessories inside. AWD is brilliant.
The only thing of...concern would be if you wanted to take it regularly off-road and would be giving it big hits. The suspension type has no aftermarket alternatives and parts can only be replaced by original Subaru type suspension. This is, of course, unless you'd like to replace the whole suspension system.
- Outback 5GEN 2.5i Premium (2014-2021)
- Verified purchase
A vehicle for all seasons
Having owned some 40 plus (sedans, coupes, wagons, 4WDs, GTs etc) over as many years, I've not had a vehicle as complete as this one. Without a doubt this crossover can't be matched for value in nearly every respect. Having researched this vehicle (and many others) for a number weeks I couldn't find anyone giving it a bad review or even any criticism for that matter. I purchased the 2018 2.5i premium and was in two minds about opting for the 3.6r and I think I made the right choice. However the proof of the pudding will come when I go to tow a ...small poptop or boat. Just to shed some light on my vehicle history I've owned (new) everything from Porsche 911 turbo, Jaguar XKR, Audi RS5, A6 Allroad, BMW M3 (6&V8)X6, X5 just to name a few of the 40 plus purchases. So I believe I give a subjective point of having had so many diverse cars. Out of all the vehicles I don't recall any of them coming so well equipped as the Outback. You won't find another car that has more safety tech than this one. Apart from a towbar and rear scuff plate there's not much you can add to this vehicle. Probably the only thing I can see missing is a head up display (I tend to think it could be a distraction). What I love most is it is quite nimble and drives like a car but has all the benefits of a larger 4WD ie legroom, and a feel of spaciousness. Whilst not designed for HD off roading it can certainly handle itself through mud, sand and excels in the snow. I looked at and tested many SUVs including Nissan xtrail, Mazda, Skoda Octavia, Ford and none of them held a candle to the Outback. If you are serious about a family wagon then pay a little extra and get the best value for money SUV wagon on the market. For those folk that live in South East Queensland you need to visit Von Bibra Southport and see Charmaine and Steve they treat you like royalty even after the initial sale. Thank you Von Bibra.
I bought the Subaru Outback in 2017 premium version and couldn't be happier. The main reason i bought it was because of all the safety features. I tested the safety features out, it will beep if you start to swerve into another lane, slow down if you are driving too fast when car infront has slowed down which could be good if you get distracted with a screaming child. Able to take car up dunes without need to charge tyres. Can open/close boot via car remote, handy when carrying groceries/ baby. Plenty of leg room for front passenger even when you have baby car seat in the back. Has a great sun roof too. Great all round car!
- Outback 5GEN 2.0D (2014-2021)
- Verified purchase
Had our 2.0 diesel 7 months 17000klms do love the ride and practablity economy But don’t expect a new car to start having issues with dpf did the recommended burn off light went off thought that’s ok 2 days later back on . Very Disappointed not explained fully at time of sale as most people would think ho it’s only a filter ie like oil or fuel ho no did research it $$$$ to replace I voiced my concern the same week of purchase and was reassured long as it has a good run periodically you’ll be fine funny thing is the last month it’s been on long...er journeys . So crazy we have these things in place to save the environment and people’s health yet do the manufactures in the countries that manufacture them have the same stringent things in place ?. and to be told you need to use the car to burn it off defeats the purpose of buying such an economical vehicle in the first place Fore warned is forearmed Subaru don’t even come in the top ten list of worse vehicles with dpf issues guess I’m just unlucky. Hope Subaru can resolve the issue or a petrol Toyota may be an option . When buying any car you should be able to drive as little or as lot without issue or should not be allowed to sell them
The design is classy and the inside is too die for. Very silent car with a lot of room. Perfect for long trips and for city rides. It connects to my phone as soon as it gets close to the car and it opens and closes sensing the key in the near by.
Affordable, practical, reliable car
We purchased our 2015 Subaru Outback in February of 2015 and have driven nearly 90,000 km in the past three years with trips from Queensland to VIC, another trip to SA, and this year a trip to WA. We have the 2.5i which is not overpowered, but we have no trouble keeping up with traffic or in hilly terrain. We carry a cargo box on top of the car for long trips and the stock rails work perfectly.
While not a true off roader we have taken the Outback on some pretty ordinary dirt roads and have never had any trouble anywhere. It goes and goes...smoothly. I am not a super fan of the CVT, but it is OK and has not left me down. Seating is adequate in front and the back seat is spacious with a great deal of legroom. The dual climate control in front and air in the back keeps everyone comfortable. The rest of the interior looks quite nice. The steering wheel has a good feel and with important controls within reach, it is well designed. The infotainment system is adequate, but not spectacular and the speakers are a weak point. The Eyesight safety feature is top notch and I especially like the adaptive cruise control. The lane departure is OK I guess and I have never needed the crash avoidance, but the feature may be of benefit. The back seat will fold down nearly flat and holds a great deal if you are running to Bunnings, shopping for groceries, or even making a run to the tip. We put in the optional mat in the back to protect the interior from any damage from the many items we have carried.
the car is a smooth drive with minimal noise even on the highway. The internal space is huge with plenty of legroom. The look and the feel of the dashboard and interior looks luxurious.
The cost of fuel is a bit expensive - usually put in unleaded 958 (recommended minimum) and it does go through quite quickly
Great Family SUV
Ample Space, Rich Looks, Great Ride, fantastic road grip, can go on and on and on. Symmetrical 4WD is just awesome and you cannot question Subaru's eye to safety. The Eye sight and lane departure features are cool additions. Great sound system and excellent leather quality used for seats.
Now why 4 stars then - Dashboard looks quite basic, their inbuilt entertainment system is supposed to be playing video files as well but none of their technicians could make it work
Great family car
Highly recommend this car, it's a pleasure to drive. Leather seats feel luxurious, with power seat adjustments. We took it to the snow and it was very comfortable and quiet, lots of power, plenty of room for skis on the roof, plenty of room for luggage and skit boots, and the front seats are heated. Did our research and you get a lot of premium features for the price.
SUV? Wagon? This is OUTBACK a true Utility vehicle
I bought this car for my sister who needs car with a good driving position and a decent space at a reasonable price we initially wanted to buy Nissan dualis or Renault Koleos but ended up buying this beautiful car and we are so happy with our decision. This car is probably the most spacious in its segment and my first impression was like 'WOW' when I was sitting at the back it was so much more comfortable than other car in this category such as Tiguan, Dualis, Q5, Asx and Koleos
Infortaimemnt system would be a downfall for this car though com...
Good Car, just high service cost
I have 2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i premium automatic CVT from new, and running well until now. But the service cost is high, and need two services each year. The GPS satellite navigation also got maps out of date, but the map upgrade cost also high. The fuel is around 10.5L per 100km, not too bad.
- Outback 5GEN 2.0D Premium (2014-2021)
- Verified purchase
Best car - luxurious, efficient and very easy to drive - not happy with the Head Unit
I have the MY16 Outback 2.0D Premium and it is luxurious, comfortable to ride in (back seat as well) and so easy to drive. My favourite features are the assisted cruise, auto high beam, collision warning/prevention, blind spot indicator light, heated and electric seats with memory...the list goes on. I love all the storage, the roof racks and the seats fold up and down so easily with an auto lever conveniently located in the boot as well. It is a fuel efficient and problem free car - I've had no issues at all except for the navigation maps and ...Head Unit. The luxury in it is similar to what we've seen in our friend's new Mercedes Coupe, so in terms of value for money, you can't beat it. ****UPDATE JULY 2018****** Unable to mirror my Smartphone and GPS on the vehicle's Head Unit because Subaru de-licensed the program on it called "Mirrorlink" in Jan 2018. When asked at Subaru's Service Centre, the staff advised there is no fix or patch for this and there are no updates available for the vehicle's own navigational maps which are well out of date. I am really unhappy with this response as I believe since the vehicle is still under warranty, it should be capable of mirroring a smartphone. I will be escalating this with Subaru. Also, the servicing is really expensive. As follows: Scheduled Service Interval 2.5i, 2.5i Premium 3.6R Premium 2.0D Premium 'A' Service 6 months or 12,500kms $311.74 $343.45 $312.60 'B' Service
Great comfort,economic vehicle
Fantastic vehicle and great comfort ,I never had problems with this vehicle. Sturdy on the road and smooth handling ,diesel power, and comfort in very family orienteded car. Since I brought this Subaru Outback I love it for 4th year as never before I love car like this. 35 to 40$ will take fo 1 week every day town driving in 70% of the day.interior is very handy and fantastic. It is really solid vehicle ,I love it.
- Outback 5GEN 2.0D Premium (2014-2021)
- Verified purchase
Clutch not designed for 'steep driveways'!! Not recommended as a family car.
We bought a Subaru Outback in 2015 to get our family to sport, band and holidays to see the grandparents. The clutch has had to be replaced twice in two years - the first time at 31000km, and now at 67000km. The dealer asked if we live on a steep driveway! Isn't this car supposed to be an all-terrain vehicle?
- Outback 5GEN 3.6R (2014-2021)
- Verified purchase
This is my fourth Subaru over a 18yr period, two Foresters & now on my second Outback. I test drove a lot of different SUV’s & did a lot of research, thinking it may be time to move onto another brand.
I was able to eliminate all the diesel models partly for the interior noise levels & the other factor being the dpf (diesel partical filter problems) as I do a mix of short trips & long trips, short trips not being good for a diesel.
Our previous Outback 2013 model with 2.5 motor was a great car & after reading motoring reviews on the new mode...
Great to drive , plenty of room and comfort. .elegant easy to see and use dash and controls . doesn't look like a spaceship from another galaxy like many other SUV's. Expensive servicing, every 6months other makes are 12 months .excellent fuel economy 6.7 litres per 100km .this is my 3rd outback and first new one (2015) . an outback in 2000 cost around $40,000 today you pay less with all the Improvements and new tech . adaptive cruise control is wonderful ,I can knit a jumper while driving up the coast (only joking)
Nice cars to drive both on and off road. Dislike where the car aerial is if you break the rear window its costly. Getting around 700-800km out of 45l tank its awesome. Love my Subaru, they all have there good and bad points just like any car, its personal preference. A lot of people say the 2.5l are sluggish on hills iv never had a problem with hills like I did in my 3.2l v6 holden jackaroo, it was a pig at hills.
Perfect family car without the bulk
Purchased new 2017 Subaru Outback premium 2.5. After many large bulky 4x4 this is a breath of fresh air, as smooth as a Lexus , lovely ride and handling .and so quiet..... Fuel efficient 8.5 lit/100 town running , no rattles beautiful solid build quality .
Massive leg room compared to ,cx5 Mazda, jeep , Hyundai.
Most definately recommend ,
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.
Does the new model come with a 7 seat option?
Im looking at buying a 2007 Outback D/Range MY07 with 165k on the odometer. Will mostly be driven around town, with an occasional bush road drive to go camping, gold detecting, fosicking. Will have my mechanic inspect before I buy, but is there anything I need to watch for? Thank you.
We had an older Outback (2001/2002 from memory?) and prior to this an even older Subaru 'wagon' (didn't have a model name) so not too sure about the 2007. A couple friends of mine had the 2007/8 though and they, like us, kept driving theirs until the cars' old age.
We loved our old one so much. So solidly built and we felt safe in it. We do most of our driving around town - inner city and suburbs. The bush road drives were nice and we never felt like it would let us down (unlike the new electronic ones). It had an amazing (Irving?) bullbar fitted on the front and was a dream to drive away and for long distances.
The only thing for us is as it aged and did higher Ks on the clock, the value decreased so much and when it came to a major service and inevitable replacement of some operational engine parts (can't remember which one/s) but it became too cost-exhaustive, around the same amount as the whole car was worth. So that was the only thing that got us to buy a whole new car. Prior to that, not much went wrong or cost too much mechanically.
Best of luck.
|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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