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Sixth-generation off-roader gains new turbocharged boxer engine, tech and safety upgrade

The new, sixth-generation Subaru Subaru Outback SUV will land in UK dealerships later this month, promising "driving fun, all-around safety and above-average resilience".

Priced from £33,995 and available in a choice of three trim levels, the Outback will go on sale from 27 May with a substantially overhauled version of the previous car's 2.4-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder boxer engine, producing 180bhp. In the US, range-topping cars get a more powerful 2.4-litre turbocharged unit with 256bhp, but that's not yet confirmed to be offered here.

The starting price represents a premium of only around £200 over the previous-generation car.

Both engines will be powered through an eight-speed CVT gearbox, which has been retuned to give performance comparable to a conventional eight-speed automatic, and uses lower-viscosity oil and new hydraulics to give 22% less power loss than the previous car's gearbox.

The new version of the durable off-roader comes with Subaru’s four-wheel drive system as standard, along with systems such as active torque vectoring and hill descent control. It also features improved ground clearance over the previous generation.

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The Outback is built on the latest version of the Subaru Global Platform, which the firm claims has been optimised to make the model 70% stiffer in torsional and front suspension rigidity than the previous generation. Body roll has been reduced by 50% as a result, and Subaru promises both improved straight-line stability and quicker, more responsive steering. 

The firm also claims it offers improved crash protection, with a number of new safety features, while off-road ability has been enhanced with an increased ground clearance of 213mm and a new 'X-Mode' that contains pre-congifured driving settings for snow and mud.

The interior has been reworked, with certain trim levels gaining seats covered in a water-repelling material. There is also a revamped infotainment system, with a tablet-style 11.6in screen on all but the entry-level trim. There is a claimed 2143 litres of storage with the rear seats folded down.


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ianp55 7 May 2021

Just curious why isn't their a mild hybrid version of the Outback? at least Subaru UK haven't jacked up the entry price that much,don't get me wrong I really like Subaru but the price hikes and the removal of the manual option were steps too far for me. I do fear for the long time future of Subaru in the UK unless drastic action is taken to reverse the decline in sales,the marque will depart our shores 

xxxx 7 May 2021

Last chance, already on the red alert due to cvt only option

simonleecarter 30 March 2021

I just don't "get" current Subarus.

Ugly, old-fashioned, thirsty and expensive.

Once upon a time they were extremely unusual in offering 4WD so I could see the appeal to countryfolk. But now everyone offers this...