Subaru Outback estate (2009-2014): owner reviews

"You won't buy a Subaru Outback for it's fuel consumption, but four-wheel drive and decent practicality mean it's worth a look."

Carbuyer Rating

2.2 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.5 out of 5

82%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

  • 2reviews
  • 2reviews

Common Problems

  • Brakes (1 cases)
  • Electrics (1 cases)
  • Other (1 cases)

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2.0D SX Lineartronic

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45
Review
I've been buying Outbacks since 1997 and this is the best version yet. The steering is sharp and there is much less body-roll in the corners. The last one I had was a 2010 2.0D manual transmission and I was surprised how different the handling is in the new one. Personally I think the interior looks a little better in the new version but the choice of exterior colours is worse. My Subarus have been totally reliable and now we have a five year warranty.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2.0 diesel

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

44
Review
Your rating of 2.2 against owners 4.5 says it all. When will motoring hacks stop comparing all cars against BMW 3 series and acknowledge that people buy different cars for different reasons? The Outback is well built, attractive in a rugged way, hugely capacious and utterly reliable. I use mine for everyday interspersed with long trips (48 mpg) and occasional off road where it performs more than adequately. Direct comparisons with the Allroad are pointless - it's £10k more!

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Cvt

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

33
Review
the car has not developed any faults since new
Running Cost

3 out of 5

the only money spent since new is petrol and two services totaling Ł35o

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2.0 SE Navplus

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

42
Review
Its funny that the header on the review says "You won't buy an Outback for it's looks or fuel consumption" These are 2 of the reasons I did buy this car. Chunky looks with flared arches and Subaru Air scoop..just thought it looked more interesting than the wind tunnelled Passats and Skodas. The fuel consumption is excellent and accurate. The engine is very smooth and turbo lag free, though it is noisy, when pushed. Though on the motorway its settled and quiet, 80mph at 2100rpm with its fantastic 6th gear The interior styling has been panned too, which I don't agree with as I it is very well put together, with no rattles. My model comes with everything you need comfort wise including full leather,sunroof and an electric handbrake, which I like. It has full connectivity for bluetooth etc, with also the ability to play DVDs including Mp3 ones so you don't need loads of wires connecting your Iphone, that can just charge in the armrest box. There are many less obvious additions which you may not see at first, like Bilstein shocks and self levelling suspension in the rear, xeon headlights, rear parking camera and keyless entry are also cool. On the less positive side, the ride is fine but is seems over controlled by the VDC and traction control when cornering. You can turn this off but it will reset every time you start up. I would agree that the steering is a little vague and the ride isn't exciting, but when its raining or snowing you really appreciate the feel of the AWD, though the tyres might skit a little as they're independently driven. The 1st gear is very short and it revs very quickly as it is designed as a 4x4 and tow car so round town driving can be tedious. The rear passenger room is very good and the rear seats also recline. The load bay is a good size considering its much shorter than a passat or Mondeo. The really good feature is the one step levers that release the back seats. One last note is that the paint finish is truely excellent

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

46
Review
I love Subaru reliabilty.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Good consumption but costly when older. Cheap to insure

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Review
Faultless
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Dealer excellent, service cost medium

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

46.9
Review
Have not had much in the way of problems, only issue was a seized brake pad which I don't regard as really related to reliability.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

For an AWD large car, I am very happy with around 47mpg (measured tank to tank). It has also been improving as car covers more mileage

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

26
Review
No major problems - niggles with the computor filing to operate on the 6 cylinders very occasionally
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Sbaru is expensive to maintain Tax and run

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

41
Review
It a Subaru and I expect reliability
Running Cost

4 out of 5

So far much less in running costs compared with the 3Rn previously owned

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

44

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

19.8
Review
Never gone wrong
Running Cost

2 out of 5

19.8mpg is terrible really, even for a 4wd 3litre car.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Review
no failures
Running Cost

4 out of 5

highest cost is fuel

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Review
Always electrical problems. Mainly clutch or brake sensors.
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Would have been OK, but got stung for new rear discs at 16000 mls. Dealer wouldn't do it under warranty.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

40
Review
Have used it twice abroad (France) for touring, clocked 2000 miles each trip, no problems, cruised well, cruise control a godsend, powerful engine keeps pace with the more expensive cars, comfortable with leather seats, good luggage space eg wine!
Running Cost

3 out of 5

No worse than other cars I've owned, higher performance requires decent tyres which are more expensive, repairs more expensive, but Subaru dealer best ever, very helpful, give freebies eg winter check up & cpu update, good advice on repairs & avoid me spending unneccessary sums of money, unlike other past dealers I have dealt with eg Nissan, Renault & Vauxhall.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2.5 Petrol

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

28
Review
I have to be honest and say I am a Brit living in northern BC Canada although I own a 2.5 (173hp) petrol Outback, so I'm not sure how it relates to the UK versions. I had to respond to the Carbuyer original review as in my opinion I don't think this reflects the vehicle. Firstly I would say the reliability, winter performance, standard equipment and fuel consumption are all 4/5. I was not a big Subaru fan before buying the Outback, but I needed AWD and good fuel consumption, plus the ability to put a mountain bike in the back with seats folded down. My last 4 cars have been Audi A4 and A6 Avants so initially the Subaru seemed a downgrade....my views changed within the first few weeks of ownership. These are high quality cars. Having driven trough 3 Canadian winters down to -30 C I am very reluctant to change now. Coupled with a set of Pirelli Snow + Ice tyres the car is unstoppable and I pass trucks that have gone off the road as I tootle by. Recommended definitely.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

49
Review
Totally reliable in ALL weathers and driving conditions. Having owned this brand for 10 years without problems it was an easy decision to choose the same again
Running Cost
Day to day running costs are very good with little or no oil consumption and good fuel economy

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

23
Review
faultless - uterly reliable.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

well with 4 wheel drive and a 3.6L engine it's never going to be economic. 20k service inc parts at Ł539 - not the cheapest - did include new front pads.

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