By Lauren Ferrone
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018
To come out top of this competitive class in Australia’s Best Cars is a tough job, but to do it multiple times as the Subaru Outback has, is an outstanding achievement.
What sets it apart from the rest
The 2.5i Premium model is competitively priced, generously equipped, and a standout in design and function. Plus its better infotainment technology, upgraded safety features and refinements to the engine, transmission and suspension, have made a good vehicle even better.
What it’s like to drive
The Outback’s 2.5L engine is still not the fastest or most powerful, but it still performs well – not only on the open road, but on short city drives too.
Subaru’s AWD system has proven to be, according to the judges, “one of the best in the business” when the bitumen gets wet and slippery, or when travelling along gravel.
While serious rock crawling adventures are beyond practically every vehicle in this class – including the Outback – its off-road ability on rutted tracks, steep inclines, or loose or muddy surfaces, is better than most people would expect.
What it’s got
- Advanced safety technology, including the latest generation EyeSight system, which monitors traffic movement and warns the driver if they sway outside their lane.
- A smoother and quieter engine after a model update this year.
- Comfy seats that are among the best in class.
- A spacious luggage compartment that puts most SUVs to shame, plus folding rear seats to further extend the load capacity.
- A premium interior that provides an up-market feel.
Is this the car for you?
The Outback’s servicing schedule is a little more frequent (every 6 months or 12,500km intervals) than most manufacturers. The standard 3-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty is also short, so it’s worth looking out for Subaru’s promotional deals which can offer up to 5 years cover.
How the finalists fared against Subaru’s Outback 2.5i Premium
Photos: Shannon Morris