Outback outperforms

Subaru embraces new tech while preserving tradition in tallish wagon with luxury features

The Subaru Outback, which weighs 1.7 tonnes, has the dexterity and surefootedness of a lower-slung tourer. (Above) The 11.6-inch infotainment touchscreen, which is the largest in any Subaru, is friendly to use because it has familiar icons found on m
The Subaru Outback, which weighs 1.7 tonnes, has the dexterity and surefootedness of a lower-slung tourer. ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG
The Subaru Outback, which weighs 1.7 tonnes, has the dexterity and surefootedness of a lower-slung tourer. (Above) The 11.6-inch infotainment touchscreen, which is the largest in any Subaru, is friendly to use because it has familiar icons found on m
The 11.6-inch infotainment touchscreen, which is the largest in any Subaru, is friendly to use because it has familiar icons found on mobile phones. ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG
The Subaru Outback, which weighs 1.7 tonnes, has the dexterity and surefootedness of a lower-slung tourer. (Above) The 11.6-inch infotainment touchscreen, which is the largest in any Subaru, is friendly to use because it has familiar icons found on m
The boot space of 522 litres can be accessed via a hands-free powered tailgate. ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG
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Like many new cars today, Subaru's latest Outback has a plethora of driving aids and an enormous infotainment touchscreen.

But these modern-day additions have not detracted the model from its proposition as a competent, rugged and fun all-wheel-drive wagon.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 17, 2021, with the headline Outback outperforms. Subscribe