2007 Subaru Outback | new car review

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 by

Solid all-terrain capability, nimble handling, a varied engine lineup and a luxurious interior make the an excellent all-weather family vehicle. Although an excellent alternative to SUV ownership, the Outback began to lose its edge as more and more manufacturers added kinder, gentler crossover SUVs to their lineups. So, last year the Outback underwent a full redesign during which it slimmed down, powered up and slipped into some more stylish digs. And this makeover continues this year too.

Like the Legacy, the Outback takes on a sleeker, more angular look, but it has a more aggressive grille and raised hood strakes. The large, drop down fog-lamps, larger than Legacy headlights and a handsome grille give a richer look to the Outback. Futuristic, tear-shaped backlights that go all the way to the side, linear backing lights that are totally separated from the tail light cluster and a seamless, frameless window setting all give the this a sportier, yet more rugged look.

Inside, the cockpit has a much more cohesive look along with a classy two-tone ensemble. The sporty 3-spoke leather wheel is new and so is the newer design centre stack. Crisp electro luminescent gauges light up the dash, well-placed cupholders, an upper-dash console, rich leather with seat heaters, and a good mix of leather/wood/chrome make this the best Subaru interior you’ve yet seen.

 

 

For those on a budget, Subaru continues to offer a naturally aspirated 2.5-litre, four-cylinder engine. The 2.5-litre engine makes 165 bhp and 226 Nm of torque in the base Outback. For those who prefer the smoothness of six cylinders, the 3.0-litre motor gets variable valve timing and lift to belt out 245 bhp and 297 Nm of torque.

From the lighter engine, to drivetrain, suspension and transmission, the Outback has benefited from the improvements running throughout the Subaru range. Safety features include all-seat 3-point belts and head restraints (the fronts are active), collapsible brake pedal, front-side and all-curtain air bags, and new dual-stage front air bags.

Body TypeStationwagon
Price (in AED)82,000-88,000
Engine (litre)2.53.0
Power (bhp)165245
Torque (Nm)226297
Transmission4A5A

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