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New Subaru Outback 2016 Rules The Road Yet Again

New Subaru Outback 2016 Rules The Road Yet Again

New Subaru Outback 2016 Rules The Road Yet Again

When it comes to the Subaru Outback, car sales figures continue to showcase its popularity. However, if you are considering the new Subaru Outback, you may be wondering if it is the best option for you. To help you decide here is a head to head comparison between the 3.6R Subaru Outback and the popular 2.0 TDI Alltrack Volkswagen Passat, so you can see which model is best suited to your needs.


The prices of these two models make them ideal for comparison. There is only $800 separating the base models in each range, with the new Subaru Outback being the cheaper of the two. In the standard spec, the Outback is by far the better equipped, especially on the 3.6R variant. While the Outback does not have the Android Auto & Apple CarPlay feature seen on the Passat, it does have an excellent and intuitive infotainment system. Additionally, the model features expansive sunroof, paddle shifters, and fully electric seats, which are nowhere to be found on the Passat. Although the 3.6R is at the top of the line, the standard equipment throughout the range is definitely impressive.

Off the Road:

The Passat is equipped with road biased suspension tuning which leaves the ride feeling firm. While it feels sharp, it is not as comfortable as the Subaru Outback. Car sales figures have reflected the appreciation of drivers that the Outback was designed and tested on Australian roads and trails. This is immediately apparent when you take the Outback off the road. Even on challenging trails, the model delivers excellent ride comfort and a fantastic driver experience. The additional ground clearance offered by the Outback, 213 mm vs. 174mm on the Passat, also means that should you encounter any obstacles they will be easier to negotiate in the Outback.

On the Road:

Both models feature All Wheel Drive, which can be very beneficial for everyday driving. AWD can provide additional grip when you need it, such as cornering and on slippery, wet roads. While the Passat has a more car like feel, this does not mean that the Outback feels out of place on the road. The cabin feels comfortable, and the dash has been carefully considered to ensure that everything you need is right on hand when you need it. The fuel consumption of the Subaru Outback is slightly higher compared to the Passat, 7.3 litres per 100 kilometres compared with the more frugal 6.0 litres on the Passat. However, the Outback does offer greater flexibility, since it feels perfectly at home on or off the road. This means that you can be prepared for any driving conditions.

If you would like to know more about the new Subaru Outback, speak to us. At Subaru Mandurah, we have an impressive stock of both new and quality used models including the new Subaru Outback car sales. Our car specialists are available to answer any questions you may have. We can also arrange a test drive, or assist you with competitive insurance and finance deals.