The flagship model in the Subaru Outback 2018 model range is the 3.6R, which has a list price of $49,140.

It is definitely the most premium package of this bunch. Its sound system is upgraded with 12 harman/kardon speakers plus a subwoofer and amp, as well as model-distinct styling elements such as a chrome side-sill garnish and silver roof rails. The 3.6R also gets a three-mode 'SI-Drive' drive mode selector, where other petrol variants get a two-mode setup.

Like the rest of the range, the 3.6R has Subaru’s 'EyeSight' driver assist system with adaptive cruise control and auto emergency braking (plus a lot more - see the safety section below), a reversing camera, the brand’s 'X-Mode' traction control system, and dual-zone climate control air conditioning with rear vents.

Other inclusions keep things premium: electric front seat adjustment, heated front seats, a sunroof, powered and heated side mirrors, keyless entry with push button start, leather seat trim, front wipers with de-icing function, and piano black interior highlights.

It has LED headlights including auto high-beam and steering responsive light, and a powered tailgate. Plus it has an 8.0-inch media screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, sat nav, and four USB points (two up front, two in the back).

Under the bonnet of the 3.6R is a ‘boxer’ horizontally-opposed six-cylinder engine with 191kW of power and 350Nm of torque. It uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT) auto, and has all-wheel drive.

The 2018 Outback range has seen tweaks to the way it drives, but the 3.6R has no change to its drivetrain. It is the most expensive of the variants to buy, and to maintain.