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Subaru Outback estate - Practicality & boot space

The Subaru Outback has plenty of storage, a huge boot and is great for towing

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Given its estate-car shape and dimensions, it's not surprising to find the Subaru Outback scores strongly in the practicality department. The car is spacious and its windows are large, creating a bright and airy interior. It also has plenty of storage space and a very useful boot, plus light and wide-opening doors that make getting in and out very easy. The driver’s seat adjusts for height on all models and the steering wheel can be adjusted for both rake and reach.

Subaru Outback interior space & storage

There's plenty of space inside the Outback for five adults, although taller adults sitting in the back may find their legs a bit cramped. A multitude of cubbyholes, deep door bins and a large glovebox mean there’s a decent amount of storage, making the Outback excellent for families. There are also ISOFIX points fitted to the rear seats for securing two child seats.

Boot space

The Outback is an estate car from the old school, prioritising luggage capacity over style, so it’s unsurprising to find a useful 561 litres of space when you open the rear hatch – that’s 10 litres more than the larger Volvo V90 – as well as a low loading lip into a long, flat, and wide load area. Subaru offers options like a tough rubber tray to protect the floor from wet and muddy items, or indeed wet and muddy pets.

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All Outback models have 60:40 split-folding rear seats. Pull a lever to fold the rear bench completely flat and the luggage space extends to 1,750 litres if the car is equipped with a sunroof, or 1,822 litres for non-sunroof models, similar capacity to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate and Skoda Superb Estate. The seats don't lie completely flat when folded down, but they're very close to flush with the floor. If for some reason this isn’t enough space, Subaru also says you can carry up to 100kg of luggage using the roof rack on Field-spec cars.

Towing

The combination of four-wheel drive and self-levelling rear suspension helps to make the Outback a very impressive towing vehicle indeed; Subaru quotes a braked towing capacity of 2,000kg.

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