Editor: Jason “The Bok” – Date: 03 Dec 2018
Wagons, Subaru has been building them for years and let’s hope that they never stop! This is the latest-generation Subaru Outback, and it’s simply excellent!
Subaru had a very successful 2017, with solid sales growth, and the launch of a number of new products in the SA market, including the youthful and fun XV and Impreza models, both packed with technology and features.
Built on a very solid platform and history, Subaru has now introduced, besides a few exterior and interior design tweaks, an Outback which now puts its major focus on incorporating Subaru’s advanced EyeSight safety system, as well as clean and clear touchscreen-based multimedia.
Improved suspension and added noise-suppression materials, also help make for a more luxurious and quieter cabin space than ever before. The latest Outback gives an immediate impression of exceptional comfort, attention to detail and levels of build quality which feel like they have been put in-place to outlive your existence. The new 7-inch infotainment system, with voice control, features impressive levels of technology including the likes of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. The system is easy to navigate, well ergonomically layed-out and intuitive.
The 3.6-litre, flat 6-cylinder petrol powered motor is very strong and makes light work of propelling the large Outback from 0 -1 00 km/h in just 7.6-seconds. Though rather thirsty around the city commute, the large engine with 190 kW and 350 Nm of torque available at a max 4400 rpm, the Subaru very is sure-footed.
The engine is coupled with a CVT (continuously variable transmission), and although CVT gearboxes often lack feeling, the one fitted to the Subaru works excellently well. If you’re going to be doing a lot of long-distance driving, the Outback with this 3.6-litre motor is the ideal companion for the job at hand.
With a body size which measures in at 4815 mm in length, a 512 mm luggage load area even with the rear seats in place, roof rails which can run in either orientation and also a tow-hitch, there are few vehicles that can even hope to match the practicality of this vehicle.
Practical thinking of the Outback perfectly matches Subaru’s often unspoken rule “if it ain’t muddy and dusty, you haven’t yet used it!”
With practicality which outstrips almost anything else out there, top-notch safety, massive space and its wealth of technological advancements, it is safe to say that there are few vehicles which I would have rather had to keep me company during my long road-trip. May Subaru continue to the Outback and its legacy.
(Above image: courtesy Car And Driver)
Pricing & Warranty
The Subaru Outback 3.6 R-S ES Premium sells for R668,100
The package comes full-house in terms of specification and is sold with Subaru’s 3-year/75 000 km maintenance plan in addition to a 5-year/150 000 km warranty. Service intervals are scheduled for every 15 000 km/year.