Subaru Outback XT AWD SUV 2023 Review

How good is the new Outback XT

Subaru Outback XT – Subaru released the more powerful Outback XT earlier this year. We took the opportunity to have a longer drive in one.  Subaru Outback XT Touring with Pod Allroada front quarter 1 The Outback XT is powered by the 2.4-litre horizontally opposed Turbo Boxer 4-cylinder petrol engine, that delivers a healthy 183kW of power at 5,200-6,000rpm and 350Nm of torque at 2,000-4,800rpm.

These figures aren’t much different from the old V6 engine, but with greatly improved economy.

The revised suspension settings also make the XT more responsive to driver inputs, with better ride and handling. It also allows easier towing.

The XT Outback will tow up to 2400kgs with ease. We took a smaller Pod All Roada camper trailer. Hardly a heavyweight, but the Outback towed it with absolute ease.

The Pod All Roada is essentially a luggage storage trailer with the ability to add a roof top tent.

We have towed these Pods through forest trails, in the deep outback, the iconic outback tracks like Birdsville track, Strzelecki track, on the beach and Simpson desert.

The XT Outback is what the Outback should be. Its more powerful, more responsive, has more towing capability and rides and handles better than the standard Outback, which is good in its own right.

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Some quick thoughts about the Outback XT

  • More power and torque is always a good thing
  • Revised suspension means improved handling without compromising ride
  • Its needed for greater towing performance.
  • 2400kg is about best in class for towing.
  • We towed a light weight Pod trailer, but we are lining up for a heavier camper trailer later in the year.
  • The POD All Roada trailer we used was supplied by Camperact . They know what they are doing and have a number of brands they can supply to buyers. 
  • The POD All Roada trailer we towed is a good base camper trailer that will go anywhere the car will go with ease. We have taken one through forest trails, on the beach, outback travels and many famous tracks like the Birdsville Track, Strzelecki Track, Cordillo Downs, Ooodnadata Track and more.

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What is good?

  • Awesome value for money
  • Infotainment and connectivity Technology
  • AWD capability

What is not so good?

  • Would love 225kW/400Nm version
  • No HUD
  • No massage seats

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Also look at

The Outback crosses a few categories. full on AWD SUV, family wagon or city runabout.

Buyers could look to  Nissan PathfinderHyundai Santa FeMazda CX-8Skoda Kodiaq RSKia Sorento

As an alternative there is the Audi A4 All Road, Landrover Discovery Sport, Skoda Superb Scout AWD

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Subaru Outback XT Final thoughts’

I am a fan of the Subaru Outback. The Outback XT is better.

In some ways the more powerful engine overcomes the shortfalls in the original Outback model. Its adequate but the XT is substantially better again.

You can buy a Subaru Outback XT and a decent all terrain camper trailer or hybrid van for about the same as a full 4WD in many instances.

For most people this will completely satisfy their adventurous spirit.

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Subaru Outback

Model

Outback XT Touring

Model Price$55,990 MLP*
Engine2.4L 4 Cyl Turbo Boxer
Drivetrain8 step CVT Symmetrical AWD
Battery Capacity / typeN/A
Power183kW @ 6,000rpm
Torque350Nm @ 2,000 – 4,800rpm
Fuel ADR9.0L/100km
Fuel on TestTBC
Fuel capacity63L
Range (WLTP) / efficiency863km Max
Fast Charge / Home (240V)N/A
SafetyFive star ANCAP (March 2021)
CO2 Emissions204g/km
0-100kmh/Top SpeedTBA
Servicing12 Mth / 12,500km – Capped Price
Warranty5yr/ Unlimited km with 5Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

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Overall Rating    

94/100

Behind the Wheel9
Comfort9
Equipment9
Performance9
Ride and Handling9
Practicality10
Fit for Purpose10
4WD / Towing *10(5/5 – 5/5)
Technology/connectivity9
Value for Money10

*Towing and AWD capability is measured against similar vehicles in the same class.

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Dimensions

 
Overall Length4870mm
Wheelbase2745mm
Width1875mm
Height1675mm
Wheels18×7.0 Alloy
Tyres225/60 R18
Max ground clearanceUp to 213mm
Wading DepthTBC
ApproachTBC
RampoverTBC
Departure angleTBC
Turning Circle KTK11.0m
Boot Capacity Min522L
Boot capacity MaxTBC
Battery WeightN/A
Kerb Weight1770kg
Payload (kg)430kg
GVM (kg)2200kg
GCM4600kg
Towing Capacity2400kg
Tow Ball rating240kg

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Summary

I am a fan of the Subaru Outback. The Outback XT is better.

In some ways the more powerful engine overcomes the shortfalls in the original Outback model. Its adequate but the XT is substantially better again.

You can buy a Subaru Outback XT and a decent all terrain camper trailer or hybrid van for about the same as a full 4WD in many instances.

For most people this will completely satisfy their adventurous spirit.

About Rob Fraser 2500 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.