The saying goes that if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. While Subaru stays true to the traditional recipe of the Outback; it’s been tweaked to bring it in-line with the rest of the new range.
Redesigned alloy wheels and a facial nip-tuck are some of the significant changes. There are three models on offer and all are equipped with the carmaker’s Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
The 2.5 Premium is your entry-point into the range, priced at R409 000. It’s the same four-cylinder mill buyers know from products like the Forester and WRX, in this model it produces 123kW and 229Nm of torque.
Like with the rest of their line-up, Subaru has been generous with the standard gear. This “entry-level” model has 17-inch alloys, Bluetooth, leather upholstery, climate control, cruise control and an electric driver’s seat. They’ve also thrown in a reverse camera.
Or for R10 000 extra you could step into the 2.5i-S model, which adds a little more in terms of visual attitude and interior embellishments. The “S” in its title denotes an air of added sportiness. But the power output remains as it is in its slightly cheaper sibling.
Topping the range is the 2.0D Premium, with its diesel engine serving up a tasty 350Nm torque figure. Claimed consumption here is 6.5l/100km – and as we’ve shown in previous Subaru assessments, it’s not hard to match or achieve close to their claimed figures. You’ll pay R469 000 and it boasts xenon headlights, keyless-go, roof rails with built-in cross-bars and meaner-looking exterior trim.
A three-year/100 000-kilometre warranty is included. The petrol models get a three-year/75 000-kilometre maintenance plan, while the diesel gets a three-year/60 000-kilometre maintenance plan.