I changed the 2005 Hyundai Elantra, which I drove for 10 years, for a new Subaru Outback. I chose this model for a number of reasons: I tried to drive a Forester in 2008, after Hyundai the impressions went off scale. For 12 years of operation, the car did not bother the owners at all, the car goes on the dirt road like on the asphalt.
I wanted a certain assembly and configuration: adaptive cruise, sunroof, beige leather interior. I did not find Forester in the salon for my requirements, but I chose Outback, which fully met expectations. After a six-month run on different roads, I formed my opinion about the car.
Review of Subaru Outback 2.5 (175 HP) CVT AWD 2019
Quite good interior layout, enough space, decent ergonomics. Among the shortcomings is poor noise insulation, and if, in principle, there is enough noise for the city, then on the highway at a speed of 100 km / h it becomes very uncomfortable in the cabin. The most noisy were not even the wheels, but the visors.
Of all Outback’s equipment, there was a weak stove, with a headwind in winter, you can’t open the windows even a millimeter (there are air vents), the windshield begins to freeze before our eyes – I’ve never seen this before.
After ten years in mechanics, you have to adapt to the variator, which is not designed for sharp maneuvers around the city. A lag is felt, it is necessary to calculate the maneuver with sharp acceleration and restructuring in another lane in advance.
You can smooth out the problem if you put the box in the “Sport” mode, but this is not an option – there will be an overconsumption of fuel, this is one and two – the mode is reset after the ignition is turned off. But I really like the suspension with a large margin, quite elastic, but not stiff.
The 2.5-liter engine is enough for the city, the power will be enough for the highway if you overtake one car at a time, and not caravans of 3-5 cars. In the latter case, doubts arise whether the unit has enough strength.
The dynamics of acceleration of Outback is at the level. One feels that the car is designed for medium and high speeds, and in combination with the suspension in the “Sport” mode, drive on the track is ensured. In winter, I never dug out at all, although the car was swept into a snowdrift several times.
I just turned on the proprietary X-mode system and left, but for success you still need studded tires – the factory Velcro did not show itself very well in winter. As a result, I am very pleased with the purchase, I got used to the variator after the mechanics in a few months, so I would also choose Subaru for the second time.