The new Subaru Outback will go on sale in the UK this April, with a choice of diesel or petrol engines, and with prices starting from £27,995.

That makes the new model some £2,000 cheaper than its predecessor when we reviewed it almost a year ago.

Externally, the new Outback has a much softer shape than the out-going model, although it continues familiar Subaru styling cues such as the hexagonal grille and hawk-eye headlights.

Subaru says the interior has been revamped with higher quality materials, new infotainment systems, and increased space for passengers.

Also new is the company’s EyeSight system: it uses a pair of colour cameras to detect hazards in the road, and can ‘see’ other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.  The system provides pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure and sway warnings, but unfortunately it’s only available on models equipped with Lineartronic (CVT) transmission.

Two engines are available, starting with the familiar 2.0-litre ‘boxer’ diesel producing 150hp and 350Nm of torque.  By default it’s mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, but can be specified in Lineartronic form.

Also offered is a 2.5-litre ‘boxer’ petrol unit with 165PS and 235Nm, although this engine is only available with Lineartronic transmission.  It includes start/stop and Subaru’s Intelligent Drive system which allows drivers to alter engine response.

Only two no-nonsense trim levels are offered in the UK – SE and SE Premium – with standard equipment including 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, cruise control, heated front seats, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, 7-inch colour touch-screen with smartphone, audio and navigation functions plus a rear-view camera.

SE Premium models add 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, powered tailgate, keyless entry and a sunroof.

The new Subaru Outback goes on sale in the UK on 1st April 2015, with prices starting from £27,995.

Pricing

ModelPrice (OTR)VED bandCO2 (g/km)
2.0D SE£27,995F145
2.0D SE Lineartronic£29,995G159
2.0D SE Premium£30,995F145
2.0D SE Premium Lineartronic£32,995G159
2.5i SE Lineartronic£28,495G161
2.5i SE Premium Lineartronic£31,495G161