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Subaru Outback 2021 review: AWD Touring snapshot


The Subaru Outback 2021 range consists of three variants at launch, and the top-spec one is the AWD Touring.

Priced at $47,790 MSRP, the range-topping Outback 2021 model is equipped extensively, offering customers plenty of goodies for their money.

Standard equipment includes: an electric sunroof, Nappa leather interior trim, a heated steering wheel in addition to heated front seats and heated outboard rear seats, dual zone climate control with rear vents, auto dipping passenger side door mirror, memory settings for the driver’s seat (and a driver monitor camera that can recognise your face and adjust the side mirrors and seat to your profile!), as well as satin finish door mirrors, silver highlight roof rails (with stowable crossbars), and gloss-finish 18-inch alloy wheels with a full size spare.

The Outback AWD Touring also has a nine-speaker harman/kardon setup with subwoofer and single CD player, teamed to the standard 11.6-inch touchscreen media system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth phone and audio, satellite navigation, and DAB+ digital radio

There are also LED headlights and daytime running lights, LED foglights, push-button start, keyless entry, electric park brake, rain-sensing wipers, heated and power-folding side mirrors, and electric front seat adjustment for driver and passenger.

And if you’re curious about safety specs, the Outback has plenty of stuff. The brand’s revised EyeSight camera system comprises front AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane keeping assistance, speed sign recognition and plenty more. There is blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert on all grades, plus a reversing camera and front/side cameras for this model. There’s also rear AEB with rear parking sensors.

But as good as all that tech is, the Outback only comes with one engine option – a 2.5-litre four-cylinder ‘boxer’ engine which has 138kW of power and 245Nm of torque. It is teamed to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) automatic, and it has all-wheel drive as standard. Claimed fuel consumption for the Outback AWD (and all models) is 7.3L/100km. Towing capacity is 750kg unbraked / 2000kg braked.

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Range and Specs

2.0D AWD 2.0L, Diesel, CVT AUTO $40,040 2021 Subaru Outback 2021 2.0D AWD Pricing and Specs
2.0D Premium AWD 2.0L, Diesel, CVT AUTO $46,940 2021 Subaru Outback 2021 2.0D Premium AWD Pricing and Specs
2.5I AWD 2.5L, ULP, CVT AUTO $37,440 2021 Subaru Outback 2021 2.5I AWD Pricing and Specs
2.5I AWD Vision Plus Spec Edtn 2.5L, ULP, CVT AUTO $39,240 2021 Subaru Outback 2021 2.5I AWD Vision Plus Spec Edtn Pricing and Specs
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