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THIS IS ONE of the largest and most
competitive categories in our market.
To come out on top is a tough job, but to
do it multiple times is a remarkable
achievement for the Subaru Outback.
Key to the Outback’s success is its great
all-round ability and general versatility.
It can cover a wide range of roles and
master each better than most, making
it an extremely appealing package.
The 2.5i Premium model is competitively
priced, generously equipped, and a
standout in design and function. It puts a
slightly different meaning on the term
‘crossover vehicle’, cleverly blending the
space and practicality of a conventional
station wagon with the appeal and
functionality of a higher-riding SUV.
The premium grade cabin has an
upmarket feel and the build quality is
excellent. Seat comfort is amongst the
best in class and a spacious luggage
compartment puts most SUVs to shame,
while the simple folding action of the
rear seats creates a flat floor and further
extends the load capacity.
In the 2018 model update, the
mechanical changes focused mainly on a
more refined engine. It’s still not the
fastest or most powerful in class, but has
good performance where needed for
responsive driving around town and
relaxed cruising on the open road. Some
credit must also go to the Lineartronic
CVT, which helps deliver respectable fuel
economy, and it’s far less intrusive than
most other similar transmissions. And
Subaru’s focus on safety continues to
shine with advanced safety technologies
in the latest ‘EyeSight’ package.
The Outback also has class-leading ride
comfort and surefooted handling. Subaru’s
constant AWD system has proven to be
one of the best in the business when the
bitumen gets wet and slippery or the road
surface turns to gravel.
One area where Subaru does fall
behind is in scheduled servicing, which
is a little more frequent than most other
manufacturers. The standard three-year/
unlimited kilometre warranty is also
relatively short, but Subaru occasionally
runs promotional deals with up to five
years cover, which is worth looking out for.
The Kia Sportage continues to impress
with its biggest selling and top-grade
version, the GT-Line diesel. Although
it’s more expensive than most of its
competitors, you get what you pay for.
Equipment levels are excellent,
the trim materials have quite an
upmarket appearance, and there’s
a pleasing build quality throughout.
The Sportage has a desirable
suite of active and passive safety
technologies, plus it’s one of the best
in class for seat comfort.
Around town, the diesel engine is
smooth and quiet, and for those more
adventurous types, its off-road ability
is better than most in this class.
The rejuvenated Subaru XV, built on
an all-new platform it shares with
the latest Impreza, has leaped over
some excellent vehicles in this class
to take a well-earned second place.
Fundamentally, the high riding XV is
an Impreza hatchback on steroids.
The XV is the smallest model in
Subaru’s impressive SUV wagon
line-up. As such, it’s tighter on space
but the cabin layout is user-friendly
and the seats are comfortable.
It’s in value for money where the
XV is strongest, with attractive pricing,
good retained value, relatively low
fuel consumption and plenty of highly
desirable standard features.
Best AWD SUV Under $50k
Engine: 2.5 -litre four-cylinder Transmission:
CVT Power: 129kW Torque: 235Nm Fuel
economy: 7.3L/100km ANCAP: HHHHH
Price: $ 47,0 3 2 (indicative drive away)
Subaru XV 2.0i-S
Engine: 2.0 -litre four-cylinder Transmission:
CVT Power: 115kW Torque: 196Nm Fuel
economy: 7.0L/100km ANCAP: HHHHH
Price: $39,246 (indicative drive away)
Kia Sportage GT-Line
Engine: 2.0 -litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel
Transmission: six-speed auto Power: 1 3 6 k W
Torque: 400Nm Fuel economy:
6.8L/100km ANCAP: HHHHH Price:
$49,752 (indicative drive away)
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Topping this class
multiple times is a
Regular updates have made a great vehicle even better and helped
keep the Outback ahead of the pack in almost every respect
Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium
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