Outback Performance

The Subaru Outback is our New Box of Tricks

The Subaru Outback is our new box of tricks. It owes its credentials to Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, a choice of horizontally-opposed Boxer engines, improved fuel economy and environmentally sensitive features such as Automatic Start Stop1.  Explore the range of technologies that makes the Subaru Outback full of possibilities. 

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

The sign of a true performer, is good balance. And when it comes to driving a Subaru, superior balance equals superior vehicle control. That’s why Subaru has built its reputation on its Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (SAWD) system and a symmetrical drivetrain that delivers an innate sense of balance from the ground up.
SAWD delivers engine power to all four wheels simultaneously. Having power distributed across all four wheels, rather than two on conventional vehicles, gives you twice the grip capacity. So under acceleration there’s more grip for cornering and more capacity to keep on track through the corners. Ultimately, having the driving force spread across all four wheels means greater control and confidence.

Boxer Engine

The Boxer engine is designed to sit lower and flatter in the engine bay, than traditional engines. 
Due to this unique horizontally-opposed configuration the engine delivers less noise and vibration to the cabin, while the lowered centre of gravity improves stability, cornering and traction with the road. 

Also due to its low height, the engine is driven downwards and under the floor of the cabin in the event of a severe frontal collision to reduce the risk of injury to occupants.

The Outback also offers a choice of lively and responsive petrol engines.

  • The Outback’s petrol range includes a 2.5-litre four cylinder engine, which produces 129kW of power at 5800rpm and 235Nm of torque at 4000rpm and impressive fuel efficiency at 7.3-litre/100km2
  • The 3.6-litre six cylinder engine has been mated with the new generation LineartronicTM Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) for the first time in a Subaru. This combination produces 191kW of power at 6000rpm and 350Nm of torque at 4400rpm, for a smooth power delivery and improved fuel efficiency of 9.9-litre/100km2.

Lineartronic™ SLT

Subaru Lineartronic™Transmission (SLT) delivers smooth, seamless or exhilarating, stepped gear changes depending on your driving style and throttle input. Lineartronic ™ SLT optimises the gear ratios to the driving conditions - making for the best possible driving experience. Lineartronic™ SLT is extremely responsive whilst traversing winding roads and hills, with strong pulling power while also providing incredibly smooth driving in urban and highway conditions.


Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) further enhances performance by offering a selection of driving modes. Choose from Intelligent (I) mode for everyday driving or Sport (S) mode for enhanced acceleration and all-round sporty performance. The Outback 3.6R sees the addition of Sport Sharp (S#) mode for a truly thrilling drive.


Sophisticated systems like X-Mode with hill descent control on our SLT models highlight how engineering excellence has produced an incredibly capable wagon.
X-Mode interfaces with the engine management computer to control throttle opening speed to suit the conditions. On slippery surfaces the throttle opening is delayed to provide smooth torque delivery thereby minimising wheel spin. Conversely under load on rough roads the throttle opens quickly to improve drivability.
Check out the Outback Range for more information on specifications and features.

Find out more about the technology in all our Subaru models here.
1. Available with 2.5-litre and 3.6-litre engines only. 
2. Results based on testing conducted in accordance with ADR81/02.

3. Based on a highway cycle of 5.5-litre/100km and fuel capacity of 60L in accordance with ADR81/02.

4. Only with petrol variants.