Subaru announced the launch of a new version of the Outback in the UK, offering a unique combination of a 2.0 liter boxer diesel engine, and the firm’s Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission). They say – and it remains to be verified – that this setup results in better driveability, fuel economy and emissions.
You can’t expect that much from the engine, as it is, after all, a 2.0 liter diesel. But at least it is economical. The Subaru Outback Lineartronic returns 44.8 mpg and 166g/km CO2 on the combined cycle. And it does that while remaining one of the most capable cars in its class. The car gets Subaru’s renowned Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system with Active Torque Split, and a whopping 200mm of ground clearance.
Subaru Outback is practical too, what with a 526-litre luggage area (with the rear seats upright), and it has good features to go with it. It comes with leather, sport seats, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, Bluetooth® hands-free system, audio system with USB connectivity and a VGA centre display with rear vision camera. Visually, you get 17-inch gunmetal alloy wheels, along with body-coloured bumpers, body-coloured power folding door mirrors (with integrated LED indicator repeaters), and matching colour-coded door handles.
Prices start at £31,495 for the Subaru Outback 2.0D SX Lineartronic and £29,995 for the one with manul gearbox.