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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 large bootlid of the Outback opens to reveal a generous 512 litres of luggage space. The loading lip of the boot is usefully lower than on the previous model, making it easier to get awkward and heavy items into the back of the car.

All Outback models have 60:40 split-folding rear seats. You can fold the rear bench flat by pulling a lever in the boot to increase capacity to a huge 1,848 litres – 400 litres more than the Volvo XC70 with its rear seats down. The seats don't lie completely flat when folded down, but they're very close to flush with the floor.


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 towing capacity of 2,000kg.

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