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Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium (2012)
The 3.6R Premium is the all-singing, all-dancing model in the Outback range and now it’s got some sophisticated new bells and whistles that enhance vehicle safety.
It’s called Subaru Eyesight Technology, but we will come back to that.
The model has been around for some time now and our recent drive reminded us that it still has the goods to be a pleasant, long distance touring companion. Outback soaks up most bumps admirably, and whilst it isn’t exactly sporty, handling is secure and competent, even on unsealed surfaces.
Its Boxer engine should offer sufficient performance to suit most buyers. Occupant and load space is good too. Subaru’s new Eyesight system uses miniature stereo cameras in a unit mounted near the rearview mirror. Able to detect road hazards and alert or actively assist the driver, its included functions are pre-collision braking, pre-collision brake assist and throttle management, adaptive cruise control, lane departure and vehicle sway warnings, and lead vehicle start alert.
Thankfully, we didn’t need to test functions such as pre-collision braking which detects a suddenly slowing vehicle ahead and applies the brakes when the driver has failed to react. But we can report the active cruise control system that can maintain a set distance to a target car in front, irrespective of varying speeds, worked well.
Ride quality, space, safety
Tyre noise, spacesaver spare
Dual front climate-control, 17” alloys, reversing camera, power seats, entertainment system, satellite navigation, bluetooth with voice command, leather trim, power sunroof, self-levelling rear suspension
Dual front/side/curtain/driver’s knee airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, brake assist, electronic stability/traction control, Eyesight driver assist
||Outback 3.6R Premium
||SUV Over $40,000
|Price when new
|Current price range
$ - $
|ANCAP crash rating
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||3.6-litre, Boxer petrol, 6-cyl
||191 kW @ 5600 rpm
||350 Nm @ 4400 rpm
|Acceleration to 100 km/h
|Braking from 80 km/h
||10.3 litres/100 km
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