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The magazine Teknikens Värld has an article on the upcoming Outback (MY 2016 in the US, for legal reasons called 2015 in the EU)








Entertainment System



Heated rear seats!



So far the pictures, which I suspect that at least some of you have seen.


Test summary

They tested the diesel version, and the test figures they got was 6.1 liters/100km (38.5 mpg) (not manufacturer marketing figures). [i have a bit of a lead foot (who doesn't :p ), so my figures on the earlier model Outback that I have are a bit worse.]


The infamous moose test (see below) was successful at 73km/h (45.6 mph).


And finally we will get the Eyesight system in Europe (According to Subaru the third generation of that system). They praise the adaptive cruise control that comes as a result of the Eyesight system.


Overall impression from the testers is that the new Outback is closing in on Audi and BMW, even though it has quite a bit to them.


The AWD system has been improved to better cope with slippery slopes (Tested in a 8 degree slope with added zero-friction roller pads in various combinations). The Outback solves the problems imposed here a lot better than what the Volvo XC70 with the 5th generation of the Haldex system do. The Skoda Superb uses the 4th generation of the Haldex system and fares better than the Volvo.


In the test they had the Audi A4 Allroad as well, and their main complaint there was that the plastic exterior trim details are purely cosmetic and don't do anything to protect the vehicle.


It also looks like the new Outback has lost the hood scoop in favor of the same solution that we have seen on the Forester.


Cars tested in this session:


  • Audi A4 Allroad 2.0 TDI Quattro
    Overall opinion: Selection if you care more about image than function.
  • Skoda Superb Alldrive TDI170 4x4 DSG
    Overall opinion: Not very remarkable, you can buy an ordinary Superb instead.
  • Subaru Outback 2.0D Lineartronic 2014 (MY 2015 in the US)
    Overall opinion: Coordination between CVT gearbox and engine could be better. (in my opinion it's not bad compared to some stepped AT boxes out there...)
  • Subaru Outback 2.0D Lineartronic 2015, pre-production (MY 2016 in the US)
    Overall opinion: Generally improved compared to previous generation, including CVT behavior.
  • Volvo XC70 D4 AWD
    Overall opinion: Not bad, but not as allround as the Outback.

And one thing that the Outback has done that's not mentioned - the hazard light button is now moved to a location where you don't activate them accidentally on a weekly basis! :)




Moose test fails:

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