Anyone looking to sidestep SUV ownership should take a look at this pair, which work with the raised-wagon philosophy to deliver similarly appealing packages. The manual diesels arguably are not the versions to have – in part because the Subie misses out on the Eyesight safety package that comes with the auto – though they do mark the turbo-diesel entry point for both brands. But you
could have a mid-level petrol auto Scout for not much more than the base Outback oiler. The three-year retained value figures are similar, and the warranties are identical. The Outback, probably with a CVT, might suit if you’ll regularly do some light offroading. But we’d go for the Scout – possibly in 132 TSI form – because it’s a nicer steer that works better on the black stuff.