Auto Express - - Winter Driving Special -

THE Out­back used to be a jacked-up es­tate ver­sion of the Subaru Le­gacy, but these days it has mor­phed into more of an SUV that sits above the Forester in the Ja­panese firm’s range.

The 2.0-litre flat-four ‘boxer’ en­gine is smooth and rea­son­ably punchy, if not all that eco­nom­i­cal, and the in­te­rior is solid and roomy. Hugely ca­pa­ble it might be, but the Out­back re­mains a left­field choice against its main­stream ri­vals. Price range: £32,995-£34,995 Our pick: 2.0D SE Pre­mium (£32,995) En­gine: 2.0-litre 4cyl diesel, 148bhp Trans­mis­sion: 6-spd man, per­ma­nent 4WD Top speed: 119mph Econ­omy: 50.4mpg CO2: 145g/km

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