Compared to Subaru’s 2.5 petrol Outback, the 2.0D manages to be 13kW weaker on the power scale yet a substantial 121Nm stronger when the torque graphs are tabled together.
FUEL SAVER: Featuring a perfectly square bore and stroke ratio of 86mm and characteristic smoothness inherent to its boxer engines, Subaru’s first flat-four diesel is pleasingly refined and uncannily fuel efficient – for an Outback...
The Outback’s overall value is strong. Equipment levels are generous with full leather upholstery, six-air bag safety restraints throughout the cabin, dual-zone temperature regulation and a Bluetooth-enabled audio system.
FAMILY FRIENDLY?: The centre-floor transmission tunnel hump (a consequence of the all-wheel drive system) makes second-row seating a touch cramped for the middle passenger.