Euro NCAP

See the safety results of the Subaru Outback by Euro NCAP

Results
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CleanAir Created with Sketch.
4.8 10 Clean Air Index
EnergyEfficiency Created with Sketch.
2.1 10 Energy Efficiency Index
0.7 10 Greenhouse Gas Index
Laboratory TestsNMHCNOXNH3COPN
5.210 Cold Test
7.210 Warm Test
0.010 Highway
Cold Ambient TestDoes not qualify for additional robustness testing
Road Test
6.810 On-Road Drive
2.55 On-Road Short Trip
On-Road Heavy LoadDoes not qualify for additional robustness testing
On-Road Light LoadDoes not qualify for additional robustness testing
CongestionDoes not qualify for additional robustness testing
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  • n.a.
  • good
  • adequate
  • marginal
  • weak
  • poor

Comments

Ammonia (NH3), currently not regulated in the EU, is insufficiently controlled in the cold powertrain start cycle and, in general, control of particle number is not the Outback's forte. Major problems occur during the highway test: CO and NH3 thresholds are drastically exceeded and particle number comes very close to the maximum allowed value. Accordingly, the Outback scores zero for this test. On the positive side, the car never failed to keep NOx low. The results in the standard on-road drive are comparable to those of the laboratory WLTC+ tests and represent moderate Clean Air performance.

Laboratory TestsEnergy
3.210Cold Test
3.110Warm Test
0.010Highway
Cold Ambient TestDoes not qualify for additional robustness testing
ConsumptionDriving Range
Average 8.8l100 km 729km
Worst-Case 10.8l100 km 583km
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  • n.a.
  • good
  • adequate
  • marginal
  • weak
  • poor

Comments

With consumption values of 7.9 l/100 km in both laboratory WLTC+ test runs and 10.8 l/100 km in the BAB130 highway test, the Subaru Outback is far away from being frugal in its use of fuel. In this part of the assessment, no points are scored in the motorway test due to upper threshold exceedance. While the consumption figures are not surprising for a petrol off-roader of this size and power, the Energy Efficiency Index of 2.1 still leaves room for considerable improvement.

Greenhouse GasesCO2N2OCH4
1.110Cold Test
1.110Warm Test
0.010Highway
Cold Ambient TestDoes not qualify for additional robustness testing
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  • n.a.
  • good
  • adequate
  • marginal
  • weak
  • poor

Comments

The CO2 output measured in the WLTC+ tests is approx. 177 g/km. Combined with the greenhouse effect of other tailpipe emissions and some 46 g CO2-eq./km from petrol production and supply, this gives a total value of about 224 g CO2-eq./km. Due to the high fuel consumption, the greenhouse gas score of the highway test is zero. Most of the points scored in this part of the evaluation come as a credit for good laughing gas (N2O) and methane (CH4) emissions control.

Our verdict

Subaru's AWD Outback is a large family car with well-known all-rounder capabilities. The newest version comes with a 2.5 liter naturally aspirated boxer engine. The high power demand of this vehicle type in combination with no pressure charging or powertrain electrification lead to high consumption figures, which are also reflected in the poor greenhouse gas emissions performance. The vehicle's mass and utility value, however, is no excuse for the pollutant control difficulties the car experiences at high load testing – here made obvious in the BAB130 highway test. On the plus side, pollutants are controlled better than average under moderate power requirement, including standard real-world driving with cold powertrain start. NOx emissions are always kept low, even on the motorway. Overall, with a final result of only 1½ Green Stars, the Outback's environmental behavior needs to be improved in order to suit better its legendary off-road capabilities or its 5 star Euro NCAP safety performance.

Specifications

  • Publication Date 07 2022
  • Tested Car JF1BT9LL3MG01XXXX
  • Emissions Class Euro 6d AP
  • Tyres 225/60 R18 100v
  • Mass 1,674 kg
  • Engine Size 2,498 cc
  • Power/Torque 124 kW/252 Nm
  • Declared CO2 193 g/km
  • Declared Consumption 8.6 l/100 km