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Subaru Outback Australia

The Subaru Outback first rolled on to Australian roads in 1996, right at the beginning of the off-road-ready craze that was about to sweep the nation.

As a more wagon-focused SUV, the Outback continues to enjoy a more car-like experience than many of its so-called competitors, sacrificing little in the practicality stakes. The Outback has grown, both in size and in range, from a two-model line-up in the mid-1990s to a range of petrol and turbo-diesel offerings across five trim levels. One feature remains constant across the range, however – Subaru’s all-wheel-drive system.

Current prices range from $37,440 to $50,440 for the Outback 2.5i AWD and Outback 3.6R.

Subaru Outback Towing Capacity

The Subaru Outback has maximum towing capacity of 1800kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2020 SUV 1500kg 1800kg
2019 SUV 1500kg 1800kg
2018 SUV 1500kg 1800kg
2017 SUV 1500kg 1800kg
2016 SUV 1500kg 1800kg
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Subaru Outback Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Subaru Outback here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Subaru Outback 2001-2009: Any known issues with the head gasket?

    You’re absolutely spot on, Craig, although my info suggests the problems started occurring in the Outback model as early as 2000. For other Subaru models, head gasket failures have been an issue since the mid-90s. Then trade seems to think that the typical fail-point is somewhere between the 120,000km and 200,000km mark, but I’ve heard of cases of cars much younger than this suffering gasket failure.

    So what causes it? Fundamentally, it was a bad design in the head gaskets Subaru was using at the time. The gaskets were a composite type, made up of thin metal sheets that were coated with a graphite-based material. Frankly, they were duds and it’s this simple fact that has caused so many Subaru owners so much grief over the years. Subaru eventually changed the design of the gaskets around 2011 and the problem just stopped.

    You can spot a Subaru with a head-gasket problem a couple of ways. For a start, the failed gasket will allow coolant to escape and that will lead to the engine overheating. So, a car that runs hot after a distance is a likely suspect.

    Early failures tended to allow the coolant to leak internally (where it was consumed by the engine) but later generations of the Subaru motor started to experience external leaks and these, obviously, are much easier to spot. Look for an oil leak from around the sealing surface of the head and crankcase and coolant on the ground under the car each morning.

    The really weird part of all this was that Subarus tend to be otherwise very reliable and durable and, serviced correctly, can cover huge distances. But the problem was made worse by the fact that the Subaru flat-four engine actually has two cylinder-head gaskets, instead of the one of most four-cylinder engines. Replacement of the dud gaskets is the only fix and it’s quite a big – and expensive – job.

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  • Subaru Outback 2019: CVT issues

    The CVT is a relatively new thing having been developed in the 1970s, so there are still teething problems that can crop up with them. But they are now quite reliable and getting more so all the time. I wouldn't be overly concerned about the reports you read.

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  • Subaru Outback 2010: What oil and coolant should I use?

    Use a good quality 5W-30 A3/B4 engine oil. You can buy coolant ready mixed or in concentrated form when you need to mix it. Whichever, choose a good quality coolant from a respected brand like Castrol, Shell etc.

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  • Subaru Outback: Replacement key cost

    The cost of a new key fob will depend on the variant and year. You can read more about how to replace your car keys here.

     

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Subaru Outback Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Subaru Outback varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $37,440 and going to $50,440 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2020 SUV 2.5L, ULP, CVT AUTO $37,440 $50,440
2019 SUV 2.5L, ULP, CVT AUTO $31,460 $53,640
2018 SUV 2.0L, Diesel, CVT AUTO $23,990 $51,490
2017 SUV 2.0L, Diesel, CVT AUTO $19,750 $40,990
2016 SUV 2.0L, Diesel, CVT AUTO $14,980 $34,999
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Subaru Outback Colours

  • Crystal White
  • Ice Silver
  • Tungsten
  • Crimson Red
  • Wilderness Green
  • Storm Grey
  • Oak Brown
  • Dark Blue Pearl
  • Magnetite Grey
  • Crystal Black Silica
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Subaru Outback Dimensions

The dimensions of the Subaru Outback SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2020 SUV 1675x1840x4820 mm 213 mm
2019 SUV 1675x1840x4820 mm 213 mm
2018 SUV 1675x1840x4815 mm 213 mm
2017 SUV 1675x1840x4815 mm 213 mm
2016 SUV 1675x1840x4815 mm 213 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Subaru Outback Dimensions

Subaru Outback Fuel Consumption

The Subaru Outback is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Diesel, ULP and PULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 6.3L/100km for SUV /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2020 SUV 6.3L/100km 2.0L Diesel CVT AUTO
2020 SUV 7.3L/100km 2.5L ULP CVT AUTO
2019 SUV 6.3L/100km 2.0L Diesel CVT AUTO
2019 SUV 7.3L/100km 2.5L ULP CVT AUTO
2018 SUV 5.7L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2018 SUV 7.3L/100km 2.5L PULP CVT AUTO
2018 SUV 7.3L/100km 2.5L ULP CVT AUTO
2017 SUV 5.7L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2017 SUV 7.3L/100km 2.5L PULP CVT AUTO
2017 SUV 7.3L/100km 2.5L ULP CVT AUTO
2016 SUV 5.7L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2016 SUV 7.3L/100km 2.5L PULP CVT AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Subaru Outback Pricing and Specs for 2020

Subaru Outback Wheel Size

The Subaru Outback has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 225x60 R18 1 for SUV in 2020 with a wheel size that spans from 18x7 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2020 SUV 225x60 R18 1 18x7 inches 225x60 R18 1 18x7 inches
2019 SUV 225x60 R18 1 18x7 inches 225x60 R18 1 18x7 inches
2018 SUV 225x65 R17 17x7 inches 225x65 R17 17x7 inches
2017 SUV 225x65 R17 17x7 inches 225x65 R17 17x7 inches
2016 SUV 225x65 R17 17x7 inches 225x65 R17 17x7 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Subaru Outback Wheel Sizes