2018 Subaru Outback Review | Asian Car Guide
January 29, 2020

2018 Subaru Outback Review

2018 Subaru Outback Road Test, Review

2018 Subaru Outback

In February 2018 Subaru released an updated version of its Outback SUV, a collection of revisions internally, externally and in the drivetrain making it an even more compelling proposition than it already was.

Subaru’s larger SUV has just about everything most users would look for in this type of vehicle, including many driver assist and safety features and user amenities. It is very roomy and comfortable inside, with attractive design and layout to make for enjoyable driving. Especially noticeable are the multitude of driver aids, many with the option of turning off and on when preferred.

This SUV looks modern, up to date and very capable.

The twin camera eyesight system housed inside behind the top of the windscreen has been improved, and this is used to provide accurate judgements of surrounding conditions for use in safety systems such as lane keeping, and adaptive cruise control, speeding up and braking to keep a set distance from the vehicle in front.

Some of the safety features provided are:

front Fog lights, ABS, four-wheel disc brakes,  EBD, Auto door lock, EyeSight driver assist system with addition of lane keep Assist, child ISOFIX seat anchors, front seatbelt pretension and load limiters, hill hold, rear door child lock, reversing cam, symmetric all-Wheel drive, three-point rear centre seatbelt, dynamics control electronic stability, X-Mode

2018 Subaru Outback Some internal features are:

Bluetooth/MP3/WMA/AUX/CD/voice command compatible six-speaker audio 6.5-inch touchscreen system, Apple CarPlay and Google Android, climate control dual zone aircon with rear vents, Cup holders, electric park brake, height and reach adjusting steering, height adjustable driver’s seat, Immobiliser security, leather trim gear shift, Leather steering wheel with audio, multi-function display and cruise control buttons, multi-information display, Paddle shifters, remote central locking, seat-back storage, Silver interior trim highlights, 2 rear USBs, 60/40 split/fold rear seats, DataDot security,

Externally, the front bumper, grille, headlights, wing mirrors and wheel patterns are all improved.

Some exterior features are:

18-inch alloy wheels, full-sized alloy spare, 213 mm ground clearance, colour-coded mirrors and door handles, dusk sensing auto headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights, rear privacy glass, rain sensing wipers, rear roof spoiler, roof-rails standard, with integrated crossbars, silver under guards, auto tailgate unlock.

We test drove the 2.5 L petrol PREMIUM  version, and found the engine and transmission to perform very adequately, with good acceleration and overtaking ability, but if you want a good deal more power, for towing for instance, there is of course the 3.6 Litre petrol version. The 2.5L performs well enough and is more economical and cheaper, whilst the 2L diesel has less power but the same torque for towing as the 3.6L, i.e. cheaper to run, effective at towing when called on, but maybe not as suitable as the 3.6L, 6 cylinder Outback for frequent towing use.

Some engine features are:

Auto Stop-Start, which can be de-activated by a button, a good idea when frequently stop/starting for very short intervals in slow traffic for instance, adaptive cruise control with EyeSight, electronic throttle, SI-Drive (two-mode) to vary driving responsiveness.

2018 Subaru Outback OUTBACK 2.5i PREMIUM adds the following:

electrically adjusted, heated front seats, driver lumbar support, electric sunroof, enhanced infotainment, Folding heated mirrors, keyless entry, leather trim, LED low beam headlights with washers, Piano black trim highlights, powered with memory function  cargo door, push button start, sat navigation (8-inch screen), SI-Drive, smart key, vision assist features including adaptive headlight driving beams, steering responsive headlights, front and side view monitor, which is a very nice addition in that at speeds below 20 kph you can activate cameras on the front grill and/or left side mirror for forward views of difficult to see areas when parking or turning left.

OUTBACK 3.6R adds to the above:

chrome side sill, Harman/Kardon 12-speaker sound with sub-woofer, silver roof rails, three-mode SI-drive


Engines: – all are horizontally opposed boxer type

4 cylinder 2.5 litre nat-aspirated petrol producing 129kW/5800rpm, 235Nm/4000rpm

6 cylinder 3.6-litre nat-aspirated petrol producing 191kW/6000rpm, 350Nm/4400rpm

4 cylinder 2 litre turbo diesel producing 110kW/3600 rpm, 350Nm/1600-2800 rpm

Transmission: Lineartronic Continuously Variable (CVT)

Dimensions mm: L 4820 W1840 H 1675 WB2745

Weight kg: 1568 to 1695

Turning circle mtrs: 11

Fuel:  2.5i, 3.6R: 90-98 RON petrol, 2.0D: diesel

Tank: 60 L

Towing kg: with/without brakes 2.5i: 1500/750, 3.6R: 1800/750, 2.0D:  1700/750

Suspension: Front, Coil MacPherson strut, Rear, Double wishbone independent

Ownership: Three-year unlimited kilometre warranty

Pricing from $40,984, Outback 2.5i Recommended Drive/away Price,

or $47,580 2.5i Premium, and from $54,405 RDP for Outback 3.6R