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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.

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