2016 Subaru Outback 2.0D Premium road test and review.
It’s your lucky day as Behind the Wheel’s Simon Lai and Joel Helmes both take a look at the 2016 Subaru Outback 2.0D Premium. So here’s your 2 for 1…
Priced from $44,990 for the Outback 2.0 Premium the diesel Outback was the last of the Outback range that I hadn’t test driven. You can get the less speccy version for $3500 less.
On top of 2.0D features, the Premium offers 18” alloy wheels, smart key with push button ignition, a sunroof, high beam assist, heated mirrors, auto dimming rear view mirror, leather seats and Subaru’s awesome safety accessories.
The stereoscopic cameras up front and sensors all around provide blind spot monitoring, lane change assist and departure warning, lane sway warning, brake light recognition, pre-collision brake assist, rear cross traffic alert and adaptive cruise control, just to name a few.
The insides are almost identical to that of other models in the Subaru range in terms of design, creating consistency across the board.
Simple but effective, the layout is presentable and comfortable which includes a larger 7” touch screen with satellite navigation on the dash and powered and heated seats with memory function for driver and passenger.
Comfort is also present on the move with a stable ride and assured steering though no drive mode selections are available in the diesels.
Just like other variants with a similar transmission – ie. Outback, Liberty – is takes some time to find the gears with a slight delay when, say, shifting from reverse to drive.
Other than this minor inconvenience the all round drive is a satisfying experience.
Acceleration is flatter that in the petrol version of course and you do get some noise of the diesel rattle when pushed but there’s plenty of torque on hand when at cruising speed.
On the plus side a diesel engine always provides great fuel economy and the Outback is no different coming in under 9L/100km in my stint at 8.8L. By comparison, let’s see how Joel fared with his consumption…
Thanks Simon, yes I averaged about the same and that meant that after a decent week of getting about I still had three-quarters of a tank of fuel.
There was a couple of things that I noted about this Subaru that I felt were worth a mention. Firstly, I’m not all that happy with where Subaru positioned the clock. Located on the same strip as the climate control display, this area is busy enough without whacking the clock in there!
I was glad to see that the buttons around the infotainment screen had small indents so your finger could feel where the button is, still, I prefer traditional buttons. At least the Subaru Outback has proper volume and tuning knobs.
The reverse camera was really clear, that’s a plus, and I liked the way the headrests can be adjusted on the forward angle too, not just up and down.
Syncing your smart phone is easy and everything around the cabin has a simple but quality feel about it.
Digital radio is a glaring omission though.
Other than that this is a really versatile and pleasing package. It is a little sporty, also has a bit of a luxury feel, decent cabin space and some off-road ability as well.
The Outback 2.0D Premium is typical Subaru. It moves along nicely, handles well (especially given that the Outback is quite tall), the ride is forgiving, steering sharp and turning circle surprisingly small.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Subaru Outback 2.0D Premium
Engine: 2.0L turbo petrol producing 110kW and 350Nm
Transmission: CVT or six-speed manual
Warranty: 3 Year/Unlimited km
Safety: Five stars
Price: From $41,990
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