The diesel entry point to the facelifted and updated Subaru Outback 2018 range is the 2.0D.

The 2.0D is priced from $38,740, and the list of included equipment is extensive. There’s Subaru’s 'EyeSight' driver assist system with adaptive cruise control and auto emergency braking (AEB) and lane-keeping assist, a reversing camera and dual-zone climate control air conditioning with rear vents.

There are rain sensing wipers, auto headlights with daytime running lights, front fog-lights, rear window tint and an electric park brake. The exterior has a small spoiler on the tailgate, roof rails in black, silver underbody protection and 18-inch wheels.

The media system is a 6.5-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, where the higher-spec petrol versions get an 8.0-inch screen with sat nav. Back seat occupants have access to a pair of USB ports to charge devices, and there are another two USBs up front.

Under the bonnet of the 2.0D is a ‘boxer’ horizontally-opposed four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine with 110kW of power and 350Nm of torque. It uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT) auto, and has all-wheel drive.

There used to be a manual diesel variant, but demand was too low for it to continue - and the 2.0D is the only model that misses out on Subaru’s 'X-Mode' enhanced traction control system with hill-descent control and hill-hold assist.

The 2018 model has seen tweaks to the way the Outback drives, and it is definitely improved over the predecessor diesel version.