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Updated 2018 Subaru Outback priced from £29,995

Subaru’s rugged Outback SUV gains a subtle new look but drops the 2.0-litre diesel engine

Subaru has revealed a lightly updated Outback SUV for 2018 featuring a subtle new look and added safety tech. On sale now it’s priced from £29,995 but the 2.0-litre diesel engine has been dropped form the UK lineup.

Visual changes are modest but Subaru has added a redesigned grille, bumper and headlamps cluster at the front, while inside glass black panels and a larger eight-inch touchscreen, compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, have been added. Entry spec SE models get a smaller 6.5-inch display.

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New safety tech has also been introduced: Lane Keep Assist and an uprated surround view camera system are now standard across the lineup. Other safety kit is bundled into Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist pack and includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Sway and Departure Warning, Pre-collision Braking System and Pre-collision Throttle Management.

The only engine offered in the updated Outback is Subaru’s 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol boxer engine as the previous 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel has been dropped. 

It develops 173bhp and 235Nm of torque and capable of returning up to 38.7mpg according to the Japanese brand. Like before the range is made up of two trims: entry-level SE (£29,995) and SE Premium (£33,010). 

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