Subaru Outback XT model details – I have just got back from the launch of the Subaru Outback XT. This is the turbocharged version of the popular SUV wagon and it’s a beauty.
With a 2.4L turbocharged boxer engine the XT has outputs of 183kW of power and 350Nm of torque. The key here is delivery. The maximum torque comes in around 2,000rpm which helps for towing as well as relaxed cruising.
Driving the XT through the picturesque Megalong Valley and the Blue Mountains, you can really notice the improved performance. Ride and handling have always been an Outback feature but there is a new level of responsiveness that is appreciated.
Towing is rated at 2400kg which is amongst the best in class. This enhances the XT adventurous appeal with the ability to easily tow smaller camper trailers, hybrid vans and jet skis.
The Subaru Outback is the thinking persons SUV. It has class leading AWD capability, 213mm ground clearance, permanent symmetrical AWD and advanced X-Mode assistance. Add to that class leading Eye Sight safety features and its easy to see why they are so popular.
Pricing is excellent with the top model coming under $56,000 plus the usual costs.
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Quick Subaru Outback XT Thoughts
- You can definitely tell the difference between the turbo and non turbo versions.
- The XT has more punch, torque is felt lower in the rpm range and that makes for more responsive and enthusiastic driving.
- We didn’t have the chance to tow on the days drive unfortunately but from past experience this will be an excellent towing vehicle
- Likewise the revised suspension tune allows for firmer handling yet remains compliant for excellent ride.
- It also allows the higher tow rating of 2400kg, which is impressive in the SUV class
- Off road the 213mm ground clearance and advanced X-Mode allows the Outback to put almost every other AWD SUV costing many thousands of dollars more to shame.
- Even some 4WDs as well.
- The closest to the Outback is the Land Rover Discovery Sport, and we know just how good that is.
- Combination of Symmetrical AWD and advanced X-Mode is awesome
- 213mm ground clearance is good, VERY GOOD. Note that the Toyota HiLux SR5 and Fortuner has 216mm, Land Rover Discovery Sport 212mm, Nissan Pathfinder 179mm, Hyundai Santa Fe 176mm, Jeep Grand Cherokee 216mm.
- The real limitations are approach and departure angles that require some focused attention.
- We took the Outback XT on some trails that other manufacturers of 4WDs would take their dual range vehicles on and caution us to take care.
- Well done Subaru – big tick
Subaru Outback XT Final Thoughts
I’ve always been a fan of the sophistication, capability and luxury of the Outback. The XT is simply better.
This is an ideal vehicle for snow trips, towing light recreational vehicles and small boats, jet skis etc.
It also should be on the shopping list for empty nesters or Gray Nomads that want to tow and travel Australia, but really don’t want the big 4WD and all the associated issues.
The XT lets them still explore deep into the outback (pun intended) but drive an SUV wagon comfortably.
The problem with the Outback is that it’s so capable that owners forget it’s an AWD SUV not a 4WD.
Being greedy, I am very appreciative of the extra output from the turbo version, but please Subaru, when can we have a 225kW/400Nm version.
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The Subaru Outback XT sits in a bit of an unusual segment. Its a wagon styles SUV, that is reasonably large, with five seats and yet extremely capable for the adventurous buyers.
Outback XT Touring
|2.4L 4 Cyl Turbo Boxer
|8 step CVT Symmetrical AWD
|Battery Capacity / type
|183kW @ 6,000rpm
|350Nm @ 2,000 – 4,800rpm
|Fuel on Test
|Range (WLTP) / efficiency
|Fast Charge / Home (240V)
|Five star ANCAP (March 2021)
|12 Mth / 12,500km – Capped Price
|5yr/ Unlimited km with 5Yr. conditional roadside assist
*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)
|Behind the Wheel
|Ride and Handling
|Fit for Purpose
|4WD / Towing *
|10 (5/5 – 5/5)
|Value for Money
*Towing and AWD capability is measured against similar vehicles in the same class.
|Max ground clearance
|Up to 213mm
|Turning Circle KTK
|Boot Capacity Min
|Boot capacity Max
|Tow Ball rating
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