Simon Lai road tests and reviews the 2015 Subaru Outback 3.6R.
Following on from my assessment of the mid-spec Outback 2.5i Premium, let’s take a ride in the more powerful 2015 Subaru Outback 3.6R.
And just like the smaller engine model, it sits in the Subaru SUV range that runs parallel to the Liberty range possessing similar specs – from the drivetrain through to the comfort features.
The Outback 3.6R packs a 3.6 litre boxer engine under the hood and is capable of 191kW and 350Nm which is a big step up from the 2.5i (129kW/235Nm).
The engine really is the main difference between the two models as you don’t really get many other extra toys in the top of the range model.
On top of existing features the 3.6R comes with a Harmon Kardon 12-speaker system with subwoofer, 18” alloy wheels, chrome exterior highlights and an extra driving mode – Sport Sharp which provides more immediate acceleration.
Though not as lively as in the Liberty – due to weight discrepancy – the acceleration and power in the top drive mode is still nothing to sneeze at and can be a lot of fun.
All of this will cost you about $6000 more with the retail price starting from $47,990.
AWD and Subaru’s X-Mode (engine and transmission control for uneven terrain) is also present in this variant and is handy for light off-roading aided by the Outback’s 213mm ground clearance across the range.
Other notable standard features are the 7” touchscreen with sat nav, dual zone climate control, pretty much auto-everything, sunroof, roof rails, easy fold down seats for extra storage and powered tailgate with a clever memory function for opening height.
The only thing the 3.6R doesn’t have is a start/stop function but with a motor like this one you probably won’t be too concerned about saving fuel.
Just on that, it is a bit of a guzzler especially, if like me, you can’t help taking it out of Sport Sharp mode. Within the week under my care, the Outback 3.6R averaged 11.5 litres to the hundred.
Safety is also another plus point in both the Ouback’s and Liberty’s with fantastic tech installed such as proximity sensors and adaptive cruise control which helped garner it’s five star rating.
All in all the 2015 Subaru Outback 3.6R is another great offering by Subaru. Feature’s wise the range is almost identical to the Liberty range. It really comes down to size, power and what suits your needs. Whichever path you choose, you can’t go too far wrong.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Subaru Outback 3.6R
Engine: 3.6 litre petrol producing 191kW and 350Nm
Warranty: 3 year Unlimited km
Safety: Five Stars
Price: From $47,990