No flies on this Out­back

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

OUR long-term Subaru Out­back goes back to its maker to­day with­out a sin­gle com­plaint in the log­book.

Over three months and 2476km it’s a model of re­li­a­bil­ity and strength. No squeaks, no rat­tles and no sign of any trim pieces likely to leave their in­tended lo­ca­tion.

Fuel con­sump­tion for the tur­bod­iesel en­gine still sits at an av­er­age of 7.2 litres/100km, the rea­son so many peo­ple are look­ing at diesel mo­ti­va­tion, and it will com­fort­ably clock 800km be­tween fuel stops on a long run.

The en­gine, which was dozy at first, is now show­ing solid power, though you must still change gears of­ten to keep it in the meat of the torque de­liv­ery.

The Out­back did some of its best work when it put the lat­est BMW X1 into per­spec­tive. The cars are not re­ally com­peti­tors, since the Ger­man car is far more ex­pen­sive, but the Subaru is qui­eter, more re­lax­ing to drive, and has a much big­ger boot.

The Out­back (right) is also great to drive on bumpy sur­faces and is an ideal choice for gravel-road work and snow.

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