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Subaru Outback 2.0D 2018 review: snapshot

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

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.

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2.0D 2.0L, Diesel, CVT AUTO $29,480 – 35,530 2018 SUBARU OUTBACK 2018 2.0D Pricing and Specs
2.0D Premium 2.0L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $35,980 – 50,389 2018 SUBARU OUTBACK 2018 2.0D Premium Pricing and Specs
2.5i 2.5L, PULP, CVT AUTO $29,990 – 37,999 2018 SUBARU OUTBACK 2018 2.5i Pricing and Specs
2.5i (FLEET EDITION) 2.5L, PULP, CVT AUTO $30,030 – 36,190 2018 SUBARU OUTBACK 2018 2.5i (FLEET EDITION) Pricing and Specs
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