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Subaru Outback 2.5i 2018 review: snapshot

The facelifted and updated Subaru Outback 2018 range is opened by the entry-level 2.5i.

The facelifted and updated Subaru Outback 2018 range is opened by the entry-level 2.5i.

The 2.5i is priced from $36,240, 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, the brand’s 'X-Mode' traction control system, 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 2.5i is a ‘boxer’ horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine with 129kW of power and 235Nm of torque. It uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT) auto, and has all-wheel drive.

The 2018 model has seen tweaks to the engine, transmission and the way it drives, with the 2.5i versions proving the most popular with buyers.

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2.0D 2.0L, Diesel, CVT AUTO $28,888 – 30,988 2018 Subaru Outback 2018 2.0D Pricing and Specs
2.0D Premium 2.0L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $32,990 – 46,990 2018 Subaru Outback 2018 2.0D Premium Pricing and Specs
2.5i 2.5L, PULP, CVT AUTO $25,990 – 33,990 2018 Subaru Outback 2018 2.5i Pricing and Specs
2.5I (fleet Edition) 2.5L, PULP, CVT AUTO $25,200 – 33,440 2018 Subaru Outback 2018 2.5I (fleet Edition) Pricing and Specs
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