2010 Subaru Outback | new car review
The Outback is best described as a 2009 Subaru Legacy wagon with a bit more off-road credibility.
In fact, it’s actually called the Legacy Outback in many markets, although in the region the two model lines are separated out somewhat.
With a jacked up ground clearance and all-wheel drive, it can claim modest capabilities away from the tarmac, although we wouldn’t recommend tackling monster sand dunes in it.
It’s marketed as a crossover – taking the benefits of both an SUV and a wagon, but with the slant very much heavier on the wagon side of things.
The model on sale in the region is the 2009 Outback. An all-new 2010 Outback, based on the 2010 Legacy, was launched in some international markets in 2009 but at the time of writing was not available in the Middle East.
There are two engine choices for Outback buyers. The first is a 2.5-litre, flat-four motor that develops 171bhp and is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. It’s available in two trim levels. The standard version comes well equipped, with a six CD changer, alloy wheels and cruise control, as well as climate control, front fog lamps and electric windows and mirrors. Upgrade to the top-spec package and you’ll also get leather seats and a tandem sun roof.
The larger engine choice is a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder unit with 242bhp, attached to a five-speed automatic transmission. It is available only in the top-spec trim level, which comes with a smart-key system that allows the car to be unlocked and started without removing the key from the pocket or bag. Paddle shifters, eight airbags, VDC electronic stability control and high intensity headlights are also included.