Fierce brand loyalty is one of the merits on Subaru‘s side. That doesn’t only ring true for the raucous performance cars. Even the practical steeds get enduring love from families.

Speak to any Impreza Wagon, Forester, or Legacy Outback owner and they’re bound to explain their love for the cars’ unwavering reliability and adeptness on varying terrain. Recently Subaru ditched the “Legacy” in the Outback title. The aim was clearer differentiation from its sportier sedan sibling.

Subaru Outback Front - Surf4cars

Last week Tuesday we took delivery of a Burnished Bronze Outback for an extended test. We’ll be running the versatile Scooby over a month, bringing you updates and a comprehensive wrap-up when we hand back the keys next year.

On test is the 2.0D Premium Lineartronic, the top-tier offering in the Model Year 2014 Outback range. And it benefits from all the niceties the “premium” in its title suggests. Black leather upholstery is standard – with ventilation holes to keep sweaty backs at bay. Dual-zone climate control, audio controls on the steering wheel and USB connectivity are also included.  Staffers welcomed the standard sunroof; which makes expressing disdain for the contentious e-tolling system with hand gestures, a little easier.

Subaru Forester Side - Surf4cars

But the best feature (in these times of burgeoning fuel prices) is the boxer diesel engine. Subaru can lay claim to producing the only horizontally-opposed diesel mill in the world. Two days after collecting the Outback, our trip meter hit 300 kilometres, following a drive to the Union Buildings and Wonderboom in our capital city.  The fuel needle barely moved and its digital range still read a heartening 780 kilometres.  So far, so good for the diesel-sipping, family-loving Scooby.

Brenwin Naidu

The Technical Stuff: 

Model: 2013 Subaru Outback 2.0 D Premium Lineartronic

New List Price: R469 000

Options Fitted: Towbar (R4600)

Odometer On Collection: 8545 kilometres

Current Odometer: 8945 kilometers

Fuel Consumption (Claimed): 6.5l/100km

Fuel Consumption (Achieved): 8.2l/100km

Power and Torque: 110kW and 350Nm