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Subaru Outback 6th generation is now available

Subaru MY21 Outback Group Landscape

Subaru’s Outback can trace its history back to the mid 70’s and the first real crossover wagon, the Leone. Through the evolution of the Liberty Wagon in the late 80’s then finally to the first Outback wagon in 1996.

Subaru can lay claim to starting the trend of crossover wagons and to this day retains a special place as the only vehicle with full time AWD. Having owned first a Leone then a Liberty with air suspension, I can attest to just how good these vehicles are.

The latest Outback takes the crossover concept to a new level.

The new models comes in three variants, the Outback, Outback Sport and the Outback Touring. There is one engine, a revised 2.5L Boxer engine mated to an 8 slot CVT.

Some previous Subaru Outback reviews 


What does the latest Outback look like?

Think evolution rather than revolution. The existing Outback is a stylish wagon and the new model adds subtle touches such as the wheel arch cladding, revised hexagonal grill, C shaped DRL’s. LED fog lights and rear combination light cluster, push fuel filler cap, integrated door mirror, 20mm wider rear cargo door and 18 inch alloy wheels on all models including a full size spare.

One really clever feature is the rear camera washer, eliminating the need to get out and wipe the camera at times.

There is a choice of nine colours include the new Autumn Green Metallic and Brilliant Bronze Metallic.

What about the interior of the Outback?

In the past Subaru have had their moment of design atrocities, not so of late? The interior of the Outback is a sophisticated, luxurious stylish design with some key improvements.

These highlights include:

More details are in the model walk below.

Subaru Outback full model walk details








Outback Engine and Drivetrain

Outback is powered by an almost completely revised 2.5L 4 cylinder boxer engine that produces 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.

One mode is optimised for snow and dirt, the other for deep snow and mud.

X-MODE functions are incorporated in the Centre Information Display (CID) monitor. Operation is made easier through intuitive touchscreen control.

Changes and the new SGP now allow an impressive towing capacity of 2000kg and a tow ball weight of 200kg.

Unladen ground clearance is 213mm, putting that into perspective the Toyota HiLux Rogue has a ground clearance of 216mm just 3mm more than the outback.

What about Safety for the Outback?

Safety has been a key factor for Subaru as they were the first manufacturer to have a 5 star ANCAP rating across all models.

Outback is packed with safety features and is perhaps the best equipped vehicle in its class and well beyond its price point.

We have provided a separate article of the key Outback safety features HERE, but a few points worth mentioning are:


Outback AWD $39,990
Outback AWD Sport $44,490
Outback AWD Touring $47,790

*Prices are Subaru (Aust) Pty Limited’s Manufacturer’s List Prices only and include GST on the list price but exclude dealer delivery charges and all other government and statutory charges. For the drive away price of Subaru vehicles consumers should be advised to contact their local authorized Subaru dealer.

Subaru Outback MY21 Final Thoughts

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 anywhere near that price in its competitors.

We will have full drive reviews shortly

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