Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

The interior of the Outback is a lot sleeker than the previous model with a more modern appearance, but it’s still dominated by some hard and drab-looking plastics. It certainly doesn’t feel like a car with a price tag of more than £25,000 and compared to other cars at this level, seems somewhat low-rent.

That said, it is well put together and there are no squeaks or rattles on the move while the materials used are hard-wearing.

The layout of the main buttons is straightforward and everything is easy to use, including the touchscreen sat nav and CD stereo. There’s also an electric handbrake, which frees up space on the central console, but the button is slightly hidden away by the driver’s right knee.

The driving position is good with plenty of movement in the seat along with both reach and height adjustment in the steering wheel.

The ride does a decent job of ironing out bumps and rough surfaces, although it can get caught out by deeper potholes, but it’s impressively smooth on the motorway, so Subaru Outback comfort levels do impress. The downside is considerable road and engine noise which take the edge off refinement.

That said, there’s plenty of room in the cabin and four adults can travel in comfort, while the high roof makes it feel particularly roomy. Three adults can fit in the back, with enough elbow room and generous legroom, but the raised central tunnel on the floor means there’s limited foot space for the person unlucky enough to be stuck in the centre.

The rear seats do recline though while those in the front are heated – the driver gets electrical adjustment too although the front passenger only has manual adjustment (except on the 3.6R where it’s also electric). Dual-zone climate control is standard on all models.