No flies on this Outback
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.