Subaru Legacy/Outback (2009–2014)
Fourth generation Legacy and Outback launched in UK
More capable, more rewarding and more refined, both on- and off-road. Increased cabin space and longer wheelbase improves comfort and liberates more room for occupants and luggage. Choice of horizontally-opposed diesel or petrol engines and manual or automatic transmission. High-quality materials for the interior, and high levels of standard equipment. Five-model range on sale from October 2010 priced from £26,295 (OTR)
New Outback is longer, wider and taller than the model it replaces. It is also more capable and more engaging to drive on-and off-road, and offers increased space and comfort for all occupants. New ‘face’ with prominent grille which features Subaru’s now-trademark ‘wing’ motif. Three-dimensional headlamps. 'Muscular', flared wheel arches, standard-fit 17-inch alloys, and a chrome-framed glass-house.
On the inside, increased seat adjustability, softer cushioning and reductions in NVH levels. 2010 Subaru Outback comes with choice of three engines: a four-cylinder 2.0-litre diesel; a four-cylinder 2.5-litre petrol; and six-cylinder 3.6-litre petrol engine. All hoprizontally opposed 'boxers' that help maintain a low centre of gravity.
The 1,998cc diesel, which has a six-speed manual gearbox, produces a maximum of 150ps and a top torque figure of 350Nm. The 2.5-litre petrol engine with its standard ‘Lineartronic’ automatic transmission, develops 167ps and 229Nm, and the top-of-the-range 3.6-litre five-speed automatic R offers 260ps and 350Nm.
Lineartronic is the name of Subaru's all-new, in-house-developed fully automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT)-type transmission. Offered to buyers of the 2.5i petrol versions the unit enables the engine to operate continuously at the most efficient part of its rev-range – resulting in strong, linear, seamless acceleration and maximised fuel economy.
With completely re-engineered suspension and a new all-steel unitary structure, the Outback’s handling and stability have been greatly improved. New Legacy Tourer with which it shares its underpinnings has been awarded the maximum five-star rating by Euro NCAP. The presence of the Japanese firm’s highly acclaimed AWD system will also reassure buyers that it is sure-footed in all weather conditions.
Generous levels of standard equipment to be found across the Outback range. Even the entry-level 2.0-litre D SE model boasts leather upholstery, electric windows fore and aft, Bluetooth connectivity, six-CD stereo, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, cruise control, and automatic activation for wipers and headlights.
UK buyers will be offered five Outback models. The line-up starts with the £26,295 2.0-litre diesel SE and 2.5i SE petrol models, and is topped by the £33,295 petrol 3.6-litre R. It’s on sale now and available from your local Subaru dealer.
2010 Outback Prices and CO2
2.0D SE £26,295 167g/km VED BandH IG 12E/21E
2.0D SE NavPlus £28,295 167g/km VED Band H IG 12E/22E
2.5i SE* £26,295 194g/km VED Band J IG 12E/20E
2.5i SE NavPlus * £28,295 194g/km VED BandJ IG 12E/20E
3.6R £33,295 232g/km VED Band L IG 15E/29E
* Lineartronic gearbox fitted as standard