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Subaru Outback estate - Reliability & safety

The Subaru Outback is safe and should prove very reliable

Carbuyer Rating

3.6 out of 5

Owners Rating

3.6 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

Subaru has a good reputation for building reliable cars and the Outback achieved top marks when it was crash-tested by Euro NCAP, so we expect it to be a dependable and safe servant for everyone from families to farmers.

Subaru Outback reliability

The Subaru Outback was rated above average for reliability in our 2017 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey of cars currently on sale in the UK. Of the owners who responded, 19.6% reported experiencing a problem with their car at least once. Practicality and space, as well as interior and comfort, were the key areas in which the Outback impresses its owners.

MPG and running costs didn't attract such strong admiration, though, nor did the Outback's infotainment system and on-board technology.


The Outback was awarded the maximum five stars when it was crash-tested by Euro NCAP. It scored very well in all categories, with full marks in the side-impact and 18-month-old dummy evaluations. All Outback models come with electronic stability control; driver, passenger and side airbags; seatbelt reminder buzzers and ISOFIX mountings for child seats, plus front and rear parking sensors.

SE Premium Lineartronic models have Subaru's clever EyeSight crash-prevention system (above) as standard. EyeSight includes accelerator and brake management systems to help you avoid a crash, plus a lane-departure warning system and adaptive cruise control to keep you in position on the motorway. Subaru says that the technology will actively prevent a collision at speeds up to 31mph.

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