Auto Review: 2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium (AWD)

AFTER leaping out of the 2019 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S and jumping straight into the 2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium (AWD), it didn’t take long to see why this exceptionally engineered motor vehicle is the unsung hero in its segment.

With Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel-drive system, Eyesight driver assist, and a 5-star ANCAP safety rating, you’d be a certain kind of special if you didn’t put the Outback at the top of your list if you’re in the market for a new family rig that can handle the rough stuff.

And of course, we know you’ve already test driven the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack, the Holden Calais Tourer, Mitsubishi’s Outlander and Nissan’s X-Trail. If you haven’t, they’re the competitors, so lets move on.

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Power from the 2.5-litre petrol engine is a respectable 129kW and 235Nm, controlled through a 7-speed silky smooth CVT transmission, with thanks to Subaru engineers who have all but perfected the CVT software.

If you’re that way inclined, you can opt for manual mode and hit the flappy paddles till your hearts content but if you do that, don’t expect sub 9.1-litres/100km if your fuel conscious. Much like the Impreza, it’s big on safety too.

The tech behind Eyesight sees dual forward facing colour cameras to look after your crash avoidance features, along with lane departure warning and brake light detection, and additional sensors for extra parking assistance.

Adaptive cruise control is on board too. For a full list of the Subaru Outback’s safety features though, grab yourself a coffee, download the 44-page brochure and read it. It’s incredible to see how much the Japanese manufacturer has crammed in.

Long distance trips are a breeze with an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, leather appointed heated seats up front, dual zone climate control, Apple Carplay, Android auto, Tom-Tom navigation and an 8-inch touchscreen nestled in the dash.

The steering wheel has more buttons on it than SVG’s V8 Supercar, which does take some getting used to, but it certainly feels solid and comfortable in hand. The interior is ergonomically sound too, with everything within arms reach.

This includes USB ports, which also appear in the back for the kids to plug in too.

Ride comfort and quality is exactly where it should be for a family hauler, with the Outback riding on 225/60/18 Bridgestone rubber and sporting 213mm of ground clearance.

With that said, we’re not saying it’s ready to tackle heavy duty off-roading, but trips to the snow or the beach with the camper trailer on the back will be a breeze. The 60/40 split rear seats mean you can slide the skis in without fuss and head south.

Now if we had to nit-pick, our only question would be around the lack of a 7-seat option. It seems roomy enough, with fantastic boot space – some 512-litres in all, which is 202-litres more than Subaru’s own XV, and just shy of the X-Trail’s 565-litres.

If you’re a fan of the diesel power plant, Subaru have catered for you with the 2.0D and 2.0D Premium, both of which sport a robust boxer diesel engine, pushing out 110kW and 350Nm. Pricing for the petrol range starts at $41,354 plus on roads.

Our Premium example will set you back $48,061, some $6,500 cheaper than the 3.6R. We’re not sure the R option is a logical spend unless you need the 300kg of extra towing capability over the Premium models 1500kg towing and the uprated CTV transmission.

All Subaru Outback models get a 5-year 125,000km warranty and capped price servicing. The Outback 2.5i Premium is a solid family vehicle that will give you the most safety features you can possibly buy for under $50,000.

And if you have a love of the outdoors and adventure, then the 2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium (AWD) is certainly worth considering. With all that safety and tech, and Subaru’s excellent customer service, it’s pretty much a no brainer.

It can be had in Crystal White Pearl, Tungsten Metallic, Wilderness Green Metallic, Magnetite Grey Metallic, Oak Brown Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, Storm Grey Metallic, Crimson Red Pearl, Dark Blue Pearl and Crystal Black Silica.

This vehicle was supplied by Subaru Australia. To find out more about the 2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium (AWD) contact your local Subaru dealer.

2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium (AWD)
2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium (AWD)


Driving experience
Exterior styling
Interior look and feel
Technology and connectivity
Family friendliness
Value for money


Pros - drives just like a car; very comfortable daily commuter; exceptional safety features.
Cons - too many colours to choose from; no seven seat option.
Trevor Mirabito
Trevor Mirabito
Trevor Mirabito is the owner of Race Academy International and a race coach with Fastrack/V8 Race Experience. He is a lover of cars, both on and off the track, but has secretly completed thousands of laps of Wakefield Park Raceway, Sydney Motorsport Park and Mount Panorama combined.


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<strong>Pros -</strong> drives just like a car; very comfortable daily commuter; exceptional safety features.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> too many colours to choose from; no seven seat option.Auto Review: 2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium (AWD)