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8/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Subaru Outback

£29,425£32,440
8/10
Overall verdict
A likeable Swiss Army knife. A bit bland but will shrug off anything thrown at it.
 

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...)

Overview

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.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.5i SE 5dr Lineartronic
10.2s 166g/km 38.7 175 £29,425
The cheapest
2.5i SE 5dr Lineartronic
10.2s 166g/km 38.7 175 £29,425
The greenest
2.5i SE 5dr Lineartronic
10.2s 166g/km 38.7 175 £29,425
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