Control leads to confidence, and stability creates an agility that excites in the Outback. Subaru vehicles are gifted at inspiring confidence behind the wheel, thanks to the inherently stable design of Symmetrical AWD paired with the uniquely balanced SUBARU BOXER engine. This system delivers power to all four wheels at all times for enhanced control on all roads and in poor conditions. It has excellent side-to-side balance and handling precision, thanks to its main components being aligned longitudinally, whilst its low centre of gravity creates an especially engaging and responsive drive. The unique advantages of Symmetrical AWD make for exceptionally rewarding handling and empower you to better avoid danger.
Designed to get the most out of your SUBARU BOXER engine and Symmetrical AWD, the efficient Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission keeps the engine in its ideal power range to give the Outback its class-leading fuel consumption at 6.1 lit./100km (Diesel Lineartronic). Shift controls keep the ride light, smooth and responsive on both the 2.0D and 2.5i engines, whilst the Lineartronic in 2.0D also handles the highertorque output with less mechanical noise for a smoother, quieter drive. The shift controls have a stepped variable control that stays in tune with changes in vehicle speed and engine speed, allowing the driver to feel shift points when accelerating to form a strong and comfortable connection between car and driver.
Few other cars drive with the self-assured confidence of the Outback, so you won't be surprised by how uniquely it is accomplished. The horizontally opposed configuration of the SUBARU BOXER engine places the pistons 180 degrees apart, for a lower, flatter profile than other engine types. This gives the engine, and therefore the overall vehicle, a lower centre of gravity and better sense of balance. Further, the pistons' opposing movements inherently counteract each other, naturally helping to reduce vibration.
The X-MODE helps to give you reliable control with a push of a button. The technology of X-MODE takes command of the engine, transmission, Symmetrical AWD, brakes, and other components to safely navigate through challenging road conditions and varying terrain. When X-MODE is activated, Hill Descent Control automatically helps to maintain a constant speed when the Outback is travelling downhill.
Paddle shifters are mounted on the steering wheel for fingertip control, giving you the power to select the gear ratio of the Lineartronic that best suits your driving situation. They also provide petrol models with a six-step manual mode and diesel models with a seven-speed manual mode for quick response on demand. The result is a sharper and sportier driving experience.