Home' Open Road North Shore : OR0518 Contents FOLLOWING ITS LAST clean-sheet design back in 2009, the
Subaru Outback won over Australians with its space, comfort,
quality trim and go-anywhere attitude. While it has seen many
small changes since, the core elements of its appeal remain,
and the Japanese brand has given its high-riding wagon
another spruce up for 2018.
The Outback’s pricing is unchanged, with the entry-level 2.5i
starting at $36,240 and topping out at the six-cylinder 3.6R
(our test car) for $49,140. Alterations to the cheaper variants
are largely cosmetic, with the bumper, grille, headlights, wing
mirrors, alloy wheels, and cabin trim getting a freshen-up.
There are also two new colour options: Crimson Red Pearl and
Wilderness Green Metallic. The 2.5i Premium, 3.6R and 2.0D
(diesel) have been treated to a number of tech updates,
including front and side view monitors, and lane keeping
assistance as part of Subaru’s EyeSight safety system.
The 2.5-litre four-cylinder ‘boxer’ engine and CVT have seen
some mechanical tweaks to make them smoother and more fuel
efficient. But, given Subaru already had some of the smoothest
drivetrains on the road, these tweaks are almost irrelevant.
One thing the Outback did lack for years was a quality
infotainment system until, finally, in 2014, its already-
rubbish-in-2009 McIntosh unit was retired in favour of the
more user-friendly Starlink interface. The 2018 upgrades
include Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, improved
usability, and (on premium variants) a larger eight-inch
screen. Smartphone-style iconography makes it without
doubt Subaru’s most intuitive system ever.
Driving the 3.6R is a reminder why the current-model
Outback has enjoyed such longevity. It has always been a
robust and refined vehicle, but nearly 10 years on the
refinement for the price is off the scale. It’s hard to find a
smoother, quieter or better built car on the market for
$50,000. – Kris Ashton
Pros: Technology improvements
Cons: Six-cylinder model still thirsty
The high-riding wagon has
had a spruce up for 2018
Engine: 2.5 -litre turbocharged four-cylinder Transmission: CVT
Power: 129kW Torque: 235Nm Fuel consumption: 7.3L/100km (claimed)
ANCAP: HHHHH Price: From $36,240 (plus ORC)
Sometimes a car is so well conceived it can compete
for a decade or more with only minimal updates
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