What’s the interior and connectivity like of the Subaru Outback XT (Turbo)?
Every time I get into the Outback I am genuinely shocked by how nice it is.
You’d be hard pressed to find any scratchy plastics dotted around, everything is plush, leatherette… and monotone.
It’s super functional, but again, boring. I personally couldn’t care less, but just know you ain’t going to be wow’ed like in a Kia Sportage.
Speaking of, the 11.4” infotainment screen has a very strong ‘wow factor’ but upon closer inspection, is a little laggy, the colours are a bit washed out, but it works well enough.
FYI if you are a fan of good audio, get the Touring grade – because it comes with some of the best sounding 9-speaker Harman Kardon audio systems we’ve tested in any car sub-$100,000
It does have wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto, but considering there is no wireless charger even on this top-spec touring, it’s an almost mute point. You do get a USB-A, USB-C and 12V socket though so good connectivity there.
The top-spec Touring here gains Nappa leather seats, which are some of the best in the business. Incredibly well bolstered and adjustable, they feel so nice to the touch, and they are heated and cooled. Seriously up there with my favourites in any price bracket.
Same goes for the steering wheel. It’s a really lovely unit to hold onto, with buttons to control absolutely everything – including your heated steering wheel.
Arguably the biggest letdown of the interior is the instrument cluster. It’s a couple of uninspiring analogue gauges, and a small centre display that doesn’t show very much information. Meh, good enough.
Shoutout to the sunroof too that you score on the Touring, even if it is very small.