Square, practical, good – only more performance would be desirable

Driving report Subaru Outback 2.5i

Square, practical, good – only more performance would be desirable

Square, practical, good - only more performance would be desirable-good
Subaru Subaru outback

  • Site author Stefan Grundhoff

What at first glance almost looks like a model maintenance is the completely newly developed Subaru Outback. For many customers it would be a real alternative to the all-wheel drive versions of Audi A4, BMW 3 Series or Mercedes C-Class if there were only more motor variants.

Extravagant have always been Subaru and the top model outback has always been. And a real alternative if you did not want to get off the pole in a nameless SUV for prosperity and spoilage. Because unusual design coupled with a highly patent all -wheel drive, lots of space for the whole family and long -distance qualities always offered the Japanese. But the times when you drove several motor variants against the premium competition from Europe are long gone – here the red pencil was jokingly set up here. Because in Europe the outback can now only be obtained with a single drive and it is at the bottom of the segment palette. The 2.5 -liter boxer engine makes a narrow 124 kW / 169 hp and a manageable torque of 252 Nm at 3.800 tours that are transferred to both axes via a continuously exposed CVT automatic transmission.

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America has at least the turbo version

In the USA it looks different. Although there is no longer a three-liter six-cylinder boxer with 245 hp or even the 3.6 liter top model with 169 kW / 260 hp, but at least a turbo version with significantly more zest for action and the performance of how it is an all-wheel drive combination of the upper middle class in itself. The American Subaru Outback 2.4 Turbo does the 169 kW / 260 hp, which once also had the European outback and also shines with a maximum torque of 376 Nm.000 and 4.800 tours concern. So much dynamics would also be very good for the European model to fight against the all-road versions of Audi A4 / A6 or the all-terrain models of the Mercedes C / E-Class.

Japanese insider tip

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Japanese insider tip

Solid performance

With the 2.5 -liter suction engine, you don’t even have to try and benevolently takes note of the usual quiet run of the four -cylinder boxer and the good coordination with the continuous automatic transmission automatic transmission automatic, which, despite its implanted eight switching stages, robs a lot of its dynamic. The driving performance is solid; But nothing more for a 4.87 meter long family combination than that. From a standing start it goes to 100 km/h in 10.2 seconds and the top speed is 193 km/h. Not intoxicating, but you would be wrong to stamp it into a lame duck, because those who accelerate and switch to Manual Schlahlgasse could be done quickly, if you do not then be on the slightly strained sound of the four -cylinder -Uglers bothers. The standard consumption: 7.4 liters of super over 100 kilometers, with the new plastic tank donating three liters more volume.

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Subaru Subaru outback

How well the Japanese would only be with more steam, because the differences compared to the predecessor are considerable. The new platform, other axes and a changed overall package are good for the five -door, although the 21.5 centimeter ground clearance when cornering is always noticeable by the outback in the border area but noticeably understone. In addition, the smooth -running servo support could give a little more feedback from the road surface. But the coordination of springs and dampers as well as the noise level on a bad road are significantly better than before. However, the adjustable driving programs differ hardly noticeably.

With a brisk tailgate and large display

The jump forward also applies to the interior. The space available with its wheelbase of 2.75 meters class, the seats are good and if the steering wheel with its 18 control buttons was not from the past decade, one would be at the level of the German premium league. Here you not only opened up one detail: the electric tailgate opens and closes in barely more than four seconds – it took almost twice as long beforehand. After a short familiarization period, the fingers only flood through the user levels of the new 11.6-inch screen, which makes the analog round clocks look quite old behind the handy tax. The cargo area holds 561 to 1.822 liters.

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Subaru Subaru outback

Subaru makes it easy for its customers and where the drive portfolio is Hapert, there are also few variations in the equipment. The Subaru Outback in all of its versions is well to very well equipped. The 40.In addition to the new 11.6-inch service display in the middle of the dashboard, 890 euro basic model offers electrical seats, heated seating at the front as well as a heating steering wheel and LED headlights. Most customers should choose the top version of the Outback Platinum, which is at least 45.Cost 990 euros and offers details such as sound system, leather seats, as well as glass sliding roof and various driver assistance systems.

Only a plug-in hybrid and the turbo engine are missing

Visually somewhat rustic, the Subaru Outback Exclusive Cross, which not only offers a few optical off-road trims, but also a black and green roof ring that can withstand a load of up to 318 kilograms-ideal for using a roof tent. And with the all -wheel drive of the Subaru Outback you should also be able to come to most small lakes or a clearing in the forest on unpaved. The hard -wearing synthetic leather seats, which offer good lateral support, are also somewhat rustic. Now we only lack a stronger turbo engine and also a plug-in hybrid drive in the medium term.

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Type Subaru1 Outback 2.5i
engine Four-cylinder suction engine
Displacement (cm3) 2498
Performance in PS (KW) at U/Min-1 169 (124) at
Max. Torque (nm) at UMin-1 252 Nm at 3800 rpm
Speed (km/h)
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (sec.))) 10.2
Price (euro) 40.€ 890.00
Exhaust gas standard Euro 6d

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