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Subaru Outback estate - MPG, running costs & CO2

Neither of the engines available in the Subaru Outback is hugely efficient

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A petrol engine is the only option in the Outback, so it’s not the best in terms of fuel economy versus some rivals. The car is reasonably cheap to insure, but you may need the money you've saved for servicing because, at the time of writing, Subaru doesn't offer a fixed-price servicing package.

Subaru Outback MPG & CO2

The petrol-only Outback is only available with the Lineartronic gearbox; a combination capable of 38.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 166g/km. Company-car drivers will pay 33-36% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax.

Subaru's 'boxer' engines have a reputation for being on the thirsty side and it'll probably prove difficult to achieve the headline mpg figures.

Insurance group

The Outbacks fall into insurance groups 19 and 20, depending on trim level.


The Outback requires a service every 12 months or 15,000km (9,321 miles). At the moment, Subaru doesn't offer any fixed-price service plans, which makes maintenance slightly more expensive than for many of its rivals.

The other problem is that Subaru dealers aren't as common as Ford or Vauxhall garages, so taking your car for a service might not be quite as convenient as you'd hope. If you do decide to go for the Outback, it's worth checking where you'd need to take the car for servicing first.


Subaru offers a five-year/100,000-mile warranty with the Outback, which is better than the three-year/60,000-mile warranties offered by Vauxhall, Audi and Skoda on rival cars in this class.

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