First ride: EyeSight now in the new Subaru Outback also Europe-wide

Outback with EyeSight

Double eagle eye in the new Subaru Outback

The outback, launched in Germany in 1996, is now in its fifth generation. Subaru not only gave the successful crossover a new look. Rather, revised engines as well as the one that has been known in Japan since 2010 go EyeSight at the start.

5th generation of the Subaru Outback
5th generation of the Subaru Outback

In conjunction with the Subaru Lineartronic - a continuously variable transmission (CVT) - the car manufacturers from Nippon rely entirely on driver assistance systems. In addition, its typical features such as the large ground clearance and short overhangs enable the outback to show off the strengths of the permanent all-wheel drive, even off the beaten track.

EyeSight - a system with 5 features

The EyeSight system, which is only available in conjunction with Subaru's own Lineartronic, increases the sales arguments of the new outback by a multiple. In detail, this system combines an emergency braking system with a collision warning system, a lane keeping assistant, an adaptive cruise control, a collision protection system and a Stop & Go starting assistant. The overall EyeSight system works purely optically. A so-called stereoscopic image is generated by the two cameras on the right and left of the rearview mirror. This largely corresponds to the function of the human eye.

Optical detection by two cameras
Optical detection by two cameras

Cars, motorbikes, bicycles and pedestrians can be recognized. These are reliably identified and prioritized by the camera system with distance measurement and angle measurement. The evaluation of this image information enables the five components of the EyeSight to be consolidated.

A system with 5 features
A system with 5 features

In flowing traffic, the emergency braking system with a collision warning device prevents the end of a traffic jam and collisions with pedestrians or cyclists. The system intervenes up to a speed difference of 50 km / h. With Lane Keeping Assist, boundary lines are recorded on the left and right. If the driver drives over it without having set the indicator beforehand, he is warned by an optical and an acoustic signal. Another convenience function is the adaptive cruise control, which is used in the control range from 30 to 180 km / h. The vehicle not only maintains the speed set in advance, vehicles in front are also registered and your own speed is adjusted accordingly to the distance set in advance. The Stop & Go start-up assistant warns the driver with an optical and acoustic signal if the vehicle in front has already started again at the end of the traffic jam or at a traffic light and you have missed the connection.

A crossover from birth 

The Outback has embodied the concept of the crossover since its premiere in Japan in 1995, when the developers combined the comfort of a station wagon with its long-distance properties and the highest possible loading capacity with the advantages of an SUV.

Striking hexagonal grille and the headlights reminiscent of birds of prey
Striking hexagonal grille and the headlights reminiscent of birds of prey

Visually, the outback with the hexagonal grille and the headlights reminiscent of birds of prey remind of the other Subaru models.

The interior was designed for comfort and sportiness. This gives the driver the feeling of sitting in a cockpit. The seven-inch display in the center of the dashboard of the audio and navigation system can be easily connected to other media such as an MP3 player, an iPod or a smartphone. Unfortunately, the lacquer surface of the screen is not always easy to read, especially in the sunlight. The quality of the materials used and their feel are convincing.

Thanks to the A-pillar, which is set slightly forward, the passenger compartment appears larger overall. This comfortably seats five people. When fully seated, the 559 liter loading volume is more than ample. When the seats are folded down, there are even 1.848 liters up to the roof edge. Good prerequisites for a purchase in the furniture or hardware store.

Available with a petrol and a diesel engine

The engines on the outback remain clear. On our first trip near the ADAC driving safety center in Schlüsselfeld near Nuremberg, we were able to test both units. The 2 liter diesel provides us with 110 kW (150 hp). With a torque of 350 Newton meters at 1.600 to 2.400 revolutions, the vehicle pushes forward well. The top speed of approx. 200 km / h can only be reached on the highway for a short time. Accordingly, we come very close to the stated combined consumption of 5,6 liters.

The petrol engine comes with a displacement of 2.500 cc and delivers 129 kW (175 hp) at 5.800 rpm. With this composition, we are amazed at the consumption. Here, too, the 7 liters specified in the data sheet can be easily achieved at 100 km / h.

Both with 2.0 liter boxer diesel and 2.5 liter gasoline
Available with both 2,0 liter diesel and 2,5 liter petrol


Both engines are four-cylinder boxer engines. So Subaru maintains its boxer philosophy and can always optimize this technology. Due to their design, the engines can be installed lower, which leads to a cheaper center of gravity. In addition, the smooth running and the smoother running provide important arguments for the engine design to which Subaru sticks steadfastly.

Pricing policy even includes a price cut

Subaru lowers the price on average by € 2.500 compared to the previous model. Accordingly, the outback starts with the 2.0 liter boxer diesel in the first trim level "Trend" at € 34.400. The 2.5 liter petrol engine with the "Active" equipment is available from € 35.900. Vehicles equipped with Lineartronic receive the EyeSight system as standard. Compared to the six-speed manual transmission, the price increases by € 2.500. As standard with all Subaru models, the all-wheel drive is "Symmetrical AWD".

At the end...

The EyeSight, a very important system, worked 100% in our tests at the ADAC driving safety center, which justifies the additional charge of € 2.500.

Subaru Outback "Active" 2.0 boxer diesel with Lineartronic

For sale: 28.03.2015
Base Price: 34.400 €
Engine performance: 110 (150 hp)
Drive and transmission: CVT automatic transmission (Lineartronic) incl. Manual shift mode
Acceleration: 9.9 seconds from 0-100 km / h
Consumption - combined: 6.1 liters on 100 km
maximum speed: 192 km/h
Length, width, height, wheelbase 4.815, 1.840, 1.605, 2.745 mm
Photos in the article: Stefan Beckmann / manufacturer cover picture: Stefan Beckmann

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