Subaru Outback 2.0D SX Lineartronic review | Auto Express

31 Dec 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Subaru Outback 2.0D SX Lineartronic review | Auto Express

Verdict

The Subaru Outback is a seller for the brand, and even the marque has been struggling it reckons that a new diesel version could hold the key to its wider appeal, and it arrives as of an extensive 2014 facelift.

In Subaru believes that is such high demand for a in this niche segment it expects the new Lineartronic CVT to make up 75 per of all sales. Although the new transmission £1,500 more than the manual model, and there are penalties in terms of economy and CO2 – are 44.8mpg and 166g/km respectively – the comes with no sacrifices to the with the 0-62mph benchmark still taking 9.7 seconds.

While CVT transmissions are not normally for their driver engagement, the gearbox is actually well with the smooth and refined ‘boxer’ diesel. It has chunky paddles on the steering wheel for stepped ‘manual’ changes give you an extra feeling of over the revs, and it had no problem us up several steep hills on our test route. This is not

the most powerful diesel and power delivery is quite rather than immediate but it has a and flexible charater that the high-riding setup.

There are occasions where you miss the finesse of manual but as long as you’re not too demanding the throttle the auto Outback is a calming thing to drive. The has been retuned for 2014, and it still feels stiff to resist body roll cornering, the low-speed ride has much improved. Tackle a country lane and it can surf cracks and cambers with comfort and the four-wheel drive gives complete confidence the Outback will grip in any

That means none of its off-road and towing ability (It can a 1,700kg trailer without a sweat) has been lost, and as a complete package the Outback struggles to truly convince. facelift has added styling like titanium grey wheels and an even more new front-end, and inside there’s a new colour trip display between the redesigned analogue but both interior and exterior still feel a little old

The cabin is let down by hard and a dated digital clock appears almost the same as the car was first launched in 1996.

the price difference between and more desirable (if less competition like the Passat and Honda CR-V is too small to the steep drop in interior

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