Published on August 7th, 2017 | by Subhash Nair


A Look Back at the Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback is a car that has everything stacked against it. It’s not new. It doesn’t have a new turbocharged boxer engine. It doesn’t have a third row of seats. And it’s priced at nearly RM230,000.

It’s a shame that the Outback isn’t as popular as it ought to be. In our opinion, it’s the most capable vehicle in Subaru’s current stable. We’ve tested the current XV, the Forester and the Levorg. They’re all great to drive. But there’s just something about the Outback that sets it apart from the pack.

The ride height definitely plays a big role. The first night we drove the Outback into KL town, a minor accident caused a street light to fall and block off the road ahead of us.

While the other cars behind us were forced to dangerously reverse out, we were able to coax the Outback over the sidewalk and get pass. That little feat would have been possible to carry out on other crossovers, but the Outback definitely made it look easy.

The Outback also proved itself an excellent highway cruiser. Yes, fuel consumption was a lot higher than expected due to the large 2.5-litre boxer engine and always-on symmetrical all-wheel drive system.

But the fuel cost was a small price to pay – the Outback was simply beautiful on the open road. Quiet, composed, comfortable and extremely capable.

And we actually really liked the fact that it was a no-compromise 5-seater. There was just loads of room at the rear.

There’s enough kit on-board to keep most people satisfied and while the interior may seem a little dated (design wise), it also feels very robust. We wouldn’t be surprised if this cabin looks the same after a decade of use and abuse.

It’s also, in our opinion, the best looking Subaru SUV you can buy. Yes, the XV does look great too, but the Outback’s rugged front grille and beautiful stance really make it stand out. We also really like the colour options available. This ‘Lapis Blue Pearl’ was really eye-catching.

But of course, it’s difficult to financially justify a car like the Outback. There are plenty of options out there, but few come close to the way this one transforms the highway experience.

Subaru Outback 2.5 Specifications

Engine: Boxer 4-cylinder
Capacity: 2498cc
Gearbox: Lineartronic CVT
Max power: 173hp @ 5800RPM
Max torque: 235Nm @4000RPM

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