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

New price £20,235 - £30,590
Used price £575 - £3,965
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £210 - £585
Insurance group 23 - 30 How much is it to insure?


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


Plasticky interior, thirsty petrol engines, rather bouncy ride

Subaru Outback rivals

3 out of 5 3.0

Written by David Ross on

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

3 out of 5 3.0