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The Top Gear car review: Subaru Outback
For:Tough as old boots, now not so craggy to look at
Against:Not as swish as an Audi or as sharp to drive as a WRX (not that buyers care...)
What is it?
An all-new version of Subaru’s ‘original crossover’ – not that you’d spot that. It looks like a slightly stockier version of the old car, but Subaru insists that’s exactly the point. Buyers were polled for what they like and don’t like about their estate-only, all-wheel drive tough-mobile, and said they’d like lower running costs, improved refinement, but didn’t give a monkeys about a fresh suit.
The spec is refreshingly simple too: one petrol and one diesel engine, a manual or CVT gearbox, and two grades of trim. The whole car just oozes no-nonsense simplicity.