Subaru Outback MY10 2.5i Review
Mixed up

Story & pictures by Azfar Hashim
27 Aug 2009
 

An update for the Outback - will it be able to attract the crowd?

Subaru Legacy Outback

So your car has finally reached its break-even point, and you've saved up a fair bit of money to change it.

You've had enough of a sedan, and this time around, want something that comes with a large cabin and boot.
Well an MPV is good, but it's just too big for your family of five. An SUV is interesting, but there's just something about the shape that worries you - "can my wife park it?"

A wagon sounds like the best solution then. Wait a second - you don't want something that makes you look twice your age. And at the same time, it should have good ground clearance as there's the occasional visit to that favourite uncle's plantation across the Causeway.

Hmm... Subaru's Outback sounds interesting.

Exterior

The Outback retains the similar overall shape as its predecessor, but the new face divides opinion. Well, some might say "hey, it looks more mature now", or even consider it "manga-inspired". Unfortunately, I just think it looks - csbzpsjnf (ok as you can see, even I can't find a proper word to describe the car's façade). There's just something about those oversized headlamps and angular bumper. It works for the Exiga very well, but in the case of the Outback, it just looks out of place. Hope it doesn't scare the kids...

Thankfully, Subaru's designers got the rear prim and sorted. It's sleek and not overly fanciful, and the tail lamps are nicely sized.

It's a big car, and a quick check of the technical specification confirms this - the Outback is 4,775mm long, 1,820mm wide and 1,615mm tall. And to make it look its size, Subaru provided the Outback with some aesthetic enhancements - additional moulds along the sides together with those flared wheel arches just to give the car a rugged look. 17-inch alloys wrapped in 225/60 R-17 Yokohama Geolander G95 rubbers tops it all off.


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