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Subaru Outback Estate boot space, practicality and safety

2009 - 2014 (change model)
Practicality rating: 4 out of 54.0

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

This Outback hasn’t been crash tested by Euro NCAP, but the Legacy Tourer, on which it is based, was awarded the maximum five star rating in official tests.

This result came under the new stricter regime, introduced in 2009, which is one overall score taking into account not only adult occupant safety but also child and pedestrian protection along with a rear impact whiplash test. So it would be a good assumption that the Subaru Outback safety levels are just as good.

There’s a high level of safety equipment including front seats with significantly stiffer frames, designed to provide protection against whiplash injuries. Front, side and curtain airbags are standard on all models along with dynamic stability control (known as VDC) and all-wheel drive.

Thanks to a wide boot floor and impressive luggage room of 526 litres – more than a Volvo XC70 and larger than its predecessor – the Outback is great for families or as a workhorse.

There’s no boot lip, so loading heavy or large objects is much easier, while the rear seats flip down in one motion with the simple pull of a lever located in the boot. There’s also extra storage under the boot floor.

Also boosting Subaru Outback practicality is self-levelling suspension, which comes as standard, making it ideal for towing trailers and caravans or for carrying heavier items, along with a hill-start assist system.

In the cabin there’s decent storage with reasonable door pockets that can accommodate a 500ml drinks bottle, a large central cubby with an armrest and a glovebox that can hold 31 CDs.

Euro NCAP rating

Ratings for this model not available

Equipment and options

Each trim level will have different equipment offerings.
Basic equipment (27)
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control
Standard Equipment
Optional Equipment
R Standard Equipment (4)
  • DVD
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
R Optional Equipment
  • n/a
S Standard Equipment (3)
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
S Optional Equipment
  • n/a
SE Standard Equipment (1)
  • Leather seat trim
SE Optional Equipment (4)
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • DVD
  • Sat Nav
SX Standard Equipment (4)
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Lumbar support
SX Optional Equipment
  • n/a


Length 4775mm - 4790mm
Width 1820mm - 2052mm
Height 1605mm
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