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Subaru Outback 2.0D CVT Premium car review
- Vital Stats
Diesel or petrol
The Subaru Outback has long been the go-to car for those who want a large family car they can take on trips to the beach, the bush or the snow. Now for the first time, the Subaru Outback is available with an automatic diesel engine. What more could you ask for?
Style & drive
In the past, if you wanted a diesel engine on your Outback you had no option but to go with a manual transmission. Now for the first time, the new five-seater Subaru Outback 2.0D and 2.0D Premium come equipped with a 2.0-litre turbocharged horizontally-opposed Boxer diesel engine with Lineartronic CVT transmission. "The Outback diesel CVT plugs a gap in our line-up," says Subaru Australia managing director Nick Senior.
Fuel economy is good at 6.5 litres per 100 kilometres, and dynamics are excellent. We found that the car responded well to a soft touch, there was very little lag on takeoff, and it had no problem climbing hills with a full load.
The Outback 2.0D Premium boasts lots of great features including 17-inch alloy wheels, leather steering wheel and leather trim seats, electric sunroof, a bonnet scoop that the rev head in you will appreciate, a full-size spare wheel, automatic tailgate, auto headlights, a reversing camera, satellite navigation, electric sunroof, a six-speaker audio system with MP3/WMA/iPod and USB connectivity, Bluetooth, eight-way power driver seat and dual-zone climate-controlled air-conditioning with rear vents.
The interior is spacious and functional. The seats both front and back are comfortable, leg room is generous and the wagon's boot is pretty cavernous. The centre stack design is very user-friendly with large, simple buttons and dials. Parking is made easy with the aid of the reverse parking camera.
The Outback has a five-star ANCAP rating, and comes with has a total of seven airbags, including dual front airbags, dual side airbags, full-length curtain airbags and a driver's knee airbag. Active safety systems include a Vehicle Dynamics Control system with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA), Traction Control System (TCS) and TCS Limited Slip Device. The Outback has a reversing camera, electronic handbrake, three child seat anchor points located on the ceiling of the boot, and also has latch hooks for ISOFIX car seats.
2.5i AWD Wagon Auto - $38,490
2.5i AWD Wago Auto option pack - $39,990
2.5i Premium AWD Wagon Auto - $42,990
3.6R Premium AWD Wagon Auto - $57,490
2.0D AWD Wagon Manual - $39,990
2.0D Premium AWD Wagon Manual - $42,990
2.0D AWD Wagon Auto - $42,490
2.0D Premium AWD Wagon Auto - $45,490.
Eco (2.0L CVT Auto Diesel)
Fuel consumption: 6.5 litres per 100km
CO2 emission: 172g/km.
Describe the car in 3 words
Adventurous, versatile, spacious.
What are the best things about this car?
The turbo-charged diesel engine is powerful, and the seven-speed CVT is surprisingly smooth.
And the downsides?
No keyless entry, and the child safety anchors are located on the ceiling rather than on the backs of the seats creating minor rear vision impairment.
What does it run on?
Diesel or petrol.
Yes! It's got enough room and flexibility for a young family and the odd furry friend too, and it's an awesome car for both city driving and country adventures.
If personified, who would this car be?
(Review by Georgia Bartlett.)