Subaru Outback Review 2023 | Top Gear
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Tuesday 3rd October
Reaches the parts other lifestyle crossovers (and some ‘proper’ SUVs) do not

Good stuff

Tough as old boots, now not so craggy to look at

Bad stuff

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.

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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.

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Our choice from the range

What's the verdict?

A likeable Swiss Army knife. A bit bland but will shrug off anything thrown at it.

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