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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

This version of the Outback hasn't been crash tested by Euro NCAP yet but the previous generation was awarded four stars for adult safety and this newer model should perform as good if not better. In addition to the surefooted handling, the Outback offers all the usual safety equipment including six airbags. Security equipment ticks the usual boxes too with remote central locking and a Thatcham approved alarm and immobiliser.

The 3.0R Spec B and diesels models get an electronic stability control system.

The Outback has identical boot space to the Legacy Sports Tourer on which it is based. There's 459 litres of luggage room with the rear seats in place which seems quite small, but they split and fold 60/40 to boost space to 1,628 litres overall - that's more than a Volvo XC70. Its raised ground clearance and four-wheel drive make it an ideal workhorse for those living in rural areas and it's also ideal for towing.

The 2.0-litre diesel can pull 1,700kg (braked) while the 3.0-litre is capable of towing trailers up to 2,000kg. Revised models from 2007 have a reversible cargo floor allowing the choice between carpet or a hard waterproof floor.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Subaru Outback (03-09).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Metallic Paint
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Manual sunroof
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Outback equipment

Outback standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
Outback optional equipment
None available

R equipment

R standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control
R optional equipment
None available

R Outback equipment

R Outback standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Traction control
R Outback optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control
  • Headlight washers
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

RE equipment

RE standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Manual sunroof
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control
RE optional equipment
None available

REn equipment

REn standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Manual sunroof
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control
REn optional equipment
None available

Rn Outback equipment

Rn Outback standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control
Rn Outback optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • DVD
  • Headlight washers
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
S optional equipment
None available

S Outback equipment

S Outback standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
S Outback optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Headlight washers
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
SE optional equipment
None available

SE Limited Edition equipment

SE Limited Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD Multichanger
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
SE Limited Edition optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control

SE Outback equipment

SE Outback standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
SE Outback optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Headlight washers
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

SEn equipment

SEn standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
SEn optional equipment
None available

SEn Outback equipment

SEn Outback standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
SEn Outback optional equipment
None available