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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
Subaru Outback (03-09) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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PROS

Genuine off-road ability, available with a diesel engine, robust build quality, large boot, four-wheel drive security

CONS

Plasticky interior, thirsty petrol engines, rather bouncy ride

PROS

Genuine off-road ability, available with a diesel engine, robust build quality, large boot, four-wheel drive security

CONS

Plasticky interior, thirsty petrol engines, rather bouncy ride

Subaru Outback rivals

Volvo
XC70
3 out of 5 3.0

Subaru has a well earned reputation for robustly-built and reliable cars that are also very capable off road. The Outback is the perfect example of this. It's based on the Legacy Sports Tourer but comes with more ground clearance and underbody protection for dealing with rough terrain. All models have four-wheel drive as standard along with a limited-slip differential which allows power to be shared between both rear wheels.

This means the Outback is impressive off road and also makes an ideal car for towing. The petrol engines offer swift performance but it's the 2.0-litre diesel - launched in February 2008 - that makes the most sense with good economy and plenty of low-down pulling power.

Subaru Outback rivals

Volvo
XC70
3 out of 5 3.0