The new Subaru Outback is priced from £27,995 and will go on sale in the UK on April 1
Doug Revolta Autocar
21 January 2015

The new Subaru Outback will go on sale in the UK from April 1 2015, priced from £27,995 to £32,995.

This fifth-generation of the Outback features a new exterior design, a more spacious and higher quality interior as well as a range of new safety equipment.

It remains in the same price bracket as the outgoing Subaru Outback.

A choice of two engines is available; a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel that produces 148bhp and a naturally aspirated 2.5-litre petrol unit with 163bhp.

The diesel engine will come with either a six-speed manual transmission or Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT transmission, but the petrol engine will only have the CVT gearbox.

Buyers have a choice of two trim levels; SE and SE Premium.

SE comes with automatic LED headlamps and headlamp washers, cruise control, Active Torque Vectoring, 17-inch alloys, heated front seats, electrically adjustable driver’s seat and privacy glass, as well as a 7.0-inch touch-screen infotainment system that comes with sat-nav, Smartphone connectivity and a rear view parking camera.

Petrol SE models also come with a start-stop system and Subaru Intelligent Drive, which allows drivers to choose between different engine modes.

SE Premium adds a sunroof, keyless entry and push-button start, 18-inch alloys, leather seats and a powered rear tailgate.

Standard on all Lineartronic Outbacks, Subaru's EyeSight safety technology is an autonomous emergency braking system that uses two cameras mounted in front of the rear view mirror to detect vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and other potential hazards ahead.

EyeSight includes pre-collision braking control and pre-collision throttle management, adaptive cruise control and lane departure and sway warning. 

Full pricing and specs:

2.0D SE - £27,995

2.0D SE Lineartronic - £29,995

2.0D SE Premium - £30,995

2.0D SE Premium Lineartronic - £32,995

2.5i SE Lineartronic - £28,495

2.5i SE Premium Lineartronic - £31,495

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21 January 2015
Now I dislike Diesel but in this case with the prices being close and I've a feeling the combined mpg figure of the petrol is going to be pretty bad AND it's CVT only I'd be surprized if anyone plumps for the petrol version.

 

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21 January 2015
I exchanged my 3 series touring last May for a Forester XT. It's petrol, faster than it ought to be, huge inside and in this wintry weather, completely peerless. They're also pretty exclusive and Subarus look so much better in the flesh. Ok, there are a few downsides because of the usual Japanese approach of giving you gadgetry that you never asked for and styling that has been done in the dark. I really like the look of this new outback and certainly would be on my shopping list just so that I continue to stand out from the usual BMW / Audi / Volkswagen / Volvo crowd. Although I do admit that I miss the driving experience of having the BMW.

21 January 2015
Ps My Forester is a CVT - best on the market, no whining or elastic band feel that motoring journalists always harp on about. Super smooth and responsive. So I'm sure this Outback will just be the same if not better.

21 January 2015
Sadly no increase in power - 148bhp from the diesel is very low by modern standards, especially for a performance brand even though this isn't their performance model.

22 January 2015
The Superb/Passat/Mondeo/insignia/Mazda 6 etc. are all around that power in their most common form (possibly even less now the 1.6 versions are attracting lease/company car buyers). Granted, they all offer more powerful engine options but claiming 150bhp is 'very low' by modern standards doesn't make a lot of sense when most full sized estates are bought at that power level.

21 January 2015
I love my 2005 3.0 H6 petrol Outback. It's a cracking car even if it's utterly rubbish on fuel.

Enough of this downsizing nonsense, Subaru. Please give us a 300bhp monster version!

21 January 2015
begemotik wrote:

I love my 2005 3.0 H6 petrol Outback. It's a cracking car even if it's utterly rubbish on fuel.

Enough of this downsizing nonsense, Subaru. Please give us a 300bhp monster version!

Me too. No incentive, perhaps other than Volvo or Lexus RX, to change the old one

21 January 2015
As others have said, in Europe we're really missing the option of a more powerful engine. Most of the world gets the 3.6 6 cylinder and China is getting a turbo-charged engine, presumably the same one as in the Forester. For a car which is supposed to be Subaru's flagship neither current engine option is powerful enough.

I would be replacing a Forester XT which I've owned for a trouble-free 11 years. For the type of country on / off road driving I do I don't need super performance but I would like to have similar to my Forester. The 3.6 would be a good match.

I've driven the CVT in the current diesel Outback and it's not that bad. Sure there are disadvantages of losing the manual but the pedals are set up nicely to enable left foot braking and the electronics don't get in the way. For most of the time it's a relaxing drive and super-practical. It's very stable at decent speed on non-tarmacced roads.

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