Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium – Australia's Best AWD SUV under $50,000
For a second year, Outback has won by a mighty slim margin. The final scores for it and Sportage were so close, either could have triumphed with an extra point in any one criterion. Although Sportage is better value for money, Outback’s better overall design and function give it the win.
Outback has the highest score in ANCAP safety tests of any Subaru to date. Subaru’s EyeSight driver assistance technology will keep a look-out for potential collisions, and if the driver hasn’t reacted to the danger it will kick in to brake the vehicle.
Outback’s features list was only bettered by Sportage, and it also boasts good seating, user-friendly ergonomics and the highly practical nature required of an SUV. It’s also a high achiever when it comes to how well it is screwed together.
The cabin and cargo space make Outback one of the most usefully proportioned models in the class. Access to the load area is via a powered tailgate.
Outback provides a comfortable and composed ride, while its all-wheel-drive handling is secure, confident and predictable whatever the road surface. It is also capable of tackling mild adventures off-road.