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Subaru Outback 2.5I Touring AWD 2021 Review

Subaru has launched the 6th generation Outback and we took the Touring version for a drive. Latest model has revised styling with LED fog lights, wider rear door and 18 inch alloys as well as a full size spare.

Inside the major difference is an 11.6 inch touch screen for almost all functionality and its intuitive and easy to use. Other highlights are dipping passenger external mirror in reverse, heated rear outer seats, one touch windows front and rear as well as reverse camera washer.

Powered by a 2.5L boxer engine that delivers 138kW @ 5,800 rpm and 245 NM @ 3,400 to 4,600 rpm and drives through a revised CVT with an 8 step manual mode. Every Outback features the premium Active Torque Split AWD that distributes optimal torque to the front and rear wheels, depending on road surface and driving conditions.


They also feature dual-mode X-MODE that enhances Outback’s AWD off-road performance.

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.

For the price it’s 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 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.


Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 9
Performance 8
Ride and Handling 9
Practicality 10
Fit for Purpose 10
Towing Capability 7
AWD Capability 7
Value for Money 10

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