Subaru Outback 2.5I Touring AWD 2021 Byron Bay Trip

Ive just driven the new Subaru Outback to Byron Bay for a trip, stick around for a minute and see what it is like. With the launch of the new Subaru Outback I took the opportunity to for a road trip to Byron Bay to see how much better the new model is.

2021 Subaru Outback Touring Byron Bay Elements of Byron 1

Over the week we drove a bit over 2000km, took side trips to the Gold Coast, The Hinterland and some adventurous diversions along the way.

So my quick thoughts are that the new Outback rides smoother and quieter on the new platform, the revised engine provides adequate performance (I would love a turbo version though) along with improved economy.

MY21 Outback AWD Touring Interior

The big story is the new 11.6 inch vertical touch screen that is intuitive and easy to use, provides a clean appearance and a major improvement.

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The safety of the Subaru AWD and Eyesight system was evident when at times the torrential rain around Coffs Harbour was horrific. The Outback is the safest SUV in its class bar none for the price.

Subaru MY21 Outback AWD Touring Exterior Front safety

I can attest to the efficiency of the rear emergency braking system.

I’ve always been a fan of the Outback, for obvious reasons, and the latest model takes an exceptionally good vehicle and makes it even better.

2021 Subaru Outback Touring Byron Bay lighthouse

Priced from $47,790 plus the usual costs the Outback Touring is an absolute bargain and you’ll get nothing that has the same level of safety and comfort features or AWD capability anywhere near that price in its competitors.

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Subaru MY21 Outback AWD Touring Interior

What is good?

  • Active torque split AWD System and capability
  • Adaptive Cruise control is selectable
  • Class leading towing capacity

What is not so good?

  • No Head Up Display
  • Central Screen can lose clarity in sunlight
  • No turbo version

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Subaru MY21 Outback AWD Touring Exterior Side

Model   

Subaru Outback Touring AWD

Model Price $47,790 MLP*
Engine 2.5L Boxer 4 Cyl
Drivetrain CVT 8 Step manual mode, Active Split Torque AWD with X-Mode
Power 138kW @ 5,800 rpm
Torque 245 NM @ 3,400 to 4,600 rpm
Safety Five Star ANCAP
CO2 Emissions 168 g/km
Economy ADR 7.3 L/100km
Tow Capacity/Tow Ball 2000 Kg / 200kg
Servicing 12 Months / 12500 km  Service Plan
Warranty 5yr/ Unlimited km with 5 Yr. roadside assist

*MLP – Manufacturers List Price includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of any options.

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Overall Rating    

92/100

Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 9
Performance 8
Ride and Handling 9
Practicality 10
Fit for Purpose 10
Towing Capability 10 (Rated in Class )
AWD Capability 8
Value for Money 10

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  • 9/10
    Behind the Wheel - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Comfort - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Equipment - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Performance             - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Ride and Handling            - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Practicality             - 10/10
  • 10/10
    Fit for Purpose - 10/10
  • 10/10
    Towing Capability     - 10/10
  • 8/10
    AWD Capability - 8/10
  • 10/10
    Value for Money - 10/10
9.2/10

Summary

Priced from $47,790 plus the usual costs the Outback Touring is an absolute bargain and you’ll get nothing that has the same level of safety and comfort features or AWD capability anywhere near that price in its competitors.

About Rob Fraser 1631 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.