Subaru Outback

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In their own words

As a high mileage driver (around 50k per year) I was looking for a strong vehicle to cope with the various road conditions as well as offer reliability and comfort. The Outback has delivered on that without exceptions. It is comfortable for a 600 miles in a day journey, to a short trip down to the shops. The interior does impress with the functional design, and has all the modern conveniences required (GPS, USB charger, etc.). I now commute about 1,000 miles a week - 95% motorway, and at a steady 70 to 75 mph, have seen a return of 51 mpg. Which I am very happy with given the permanent 4WD. And that fact it does offer an excellent 4WD system, which provides strong cornering ability for what is after all a tall and heavy vehicle. The ride could do with some more compliance, yet now that I know the ride condition, I have become adjusted to the slight stiffness depending on road surface underneath. One area for clear improvement is engine power. At 148 bhp and 350 NM from a 2 litre engine it could do with 'tuning' - something I am investigating (although 'loss' of warranty would be a factor to consider). The power boost would help with overtaking and general motorway acceleration - sometimes need to plan a little too much ahead due to 'lack' of power. Not a major issue, it needs a bit more oomph... The Subaru Outback can be considered a left-field choice, and I like that. I see the various Audi Allroads on the motorway, and think 'that's a poor man's Subaru' (not in the cost of the vehicle, more the character of the driver! - only joking). Overall, I potentially see this as a vehicle to take to 250k over the next 5 to 7 years. Not particularly worried about depreciation, and am likely to replace like-with-like when the next generation model appears. Consider what you really need a car to do, rather than what you want it to do - there is a subtle yet important difference. A good choice for the Thinking Man/Woman driver out there.

How reliable do you find the car?

10,000 miles in 9 weeks with not a beat missed. Engine now run in!

Does the car do everything you expected it to do?

From country lanes and tight bends, to over 120 mph on the German Autobahn - the car is solid and secure on the road. Impressed with general road holding, and wet weather conditions.
  • How they rated it

  • Reliability: 5 out of 5 5.0
  • Meets Expectations: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • Colin Lloyd recommends this car

About their car

  • Fuel type Diesel
  • When purchased March 2016
  • Condition when bought New
  • Current Mileage 10,000 miles
  • Average MPG 51 mpg