2009 Subaru Outback | new car review

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 by

Take a Legacy, make it into a station wagon, and jack it up off the ground a bit – what you have now is the Outback.

The car market today is filled with so-called crossover vehicles – cars which have attributes from different type of vehicle merged to form a new niche. The Outback was one of the first cars to adopt this approach back in 1995, offering the look and feel of an estate car but with off-road capabilities. Now in its third generation, it shares a great deal with the Legacy, the station wagon version of which it is based upon. The regular Legacy wagon is not available in the region.

All Outbacks features permanent four-wheel-drive and have a high ground clearance. The Outback is available with two engines. The first is the 2.5i, a 2.5-litre engine with 170bhp, mated to a four-speed automatic gearbox, which has a sport shift option if you want to change cogs manually. This engine is available in three Outbacks, each with different specification levels.

2009 Subaru OutbackThe entry-level model comes with electric windows and mirrors, dual airbags at the front and climate control. It also features cruise control, a sic CD changer, 16-inch alloy wheels and front fog lamps. The mid-range option adds a two-level sunroof to the features list, while the full option package includes leather trim. The second available engine is the 3.0R, a 3.0-litre unit that puts out 242bhp and is attached to a five-speed automatic gearbox – one more gear than in the 2.5i, controlled via wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Just one options package is available – the full works. That means the 3.0R comes with full electrics, vehicle dynamic control (also known as electronic stability control) and eight airbags around the car.



2009 Subaru OutbackIt also includes technology called Subaru Intelligent Drive – a switch that controls the throttle response and engine characteristic between three settings, depending on how sporty you want your driving experience to be.

Climate control and cruise control are also thrown in, along with a six CD changer and smart key system, which lets you lock and unlock the car, and start and stop the engine, without taking the key from your bag or pocket. Additionally, the 3.0R comes with ABS, high intensity headlights and front fog lights, a tandem sunroof and powered leather seats.

The Outback is essentially a Legacy with an adventurous streak. It’s no dedicated off-roader, but it can cope with more than just tarmac, with all the understated elegance and performance of the Legacy.
2009 Subaru Outback

Body TypeEngine (litres)Power (bhp)Torque (Nm)Transmission
Station Wagon2.5173227A

Price Range (AED) 83000–114,000


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