2020 Subaru Outback vs 2018-2019 facelift: Differences compared

The 2020 Subaru Outback doesn’t look too different from the 2018 facelift, but it’s a new model. See all the changes in this side by side comparison.

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Stylistically the sixth-generation Outback (based on the seventh-generation Legacy) is not very different from the outgoing model, but it actually rides on all new platform.
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Let's call the design evolutionary. We don't have dimensions for the new Outback, but the latest Legacy has the same wheelbase as the outgoing sedan, but is 45mm (1.7-in) longer overall.
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The new Outback is available with a naturally aspirated 2.5-litre H4 with 136kW (182hp) and 239Nm (176 lb-ft), or a 2.4-litre turbocharged H4 with 194kW (260hp) and 277 lb-ft (376Nm). The latter engine replaces the previous car's 3.6-litre H6, which made 191kW (256hp) and 335Nm (247 lb-ft).
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The sixth-generation Outback, like the seventh-generation Legacy, has smoother and softer detailing than the previous model. At the front there's more 'tough' grey plastic, a more organic headlight shape, and more bonnet creases.
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At the rear there's new crab claw tail-lights and sliver highlights for the grey plastic lower bumper. AWD and CVT are standard on all models.
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The grey plastic lower door and sill protectors have a more dynamic shape now. The surfacing along the sides is softer, the shoulder line has largely disappeared, and the wheel arches have gained a bit of plastic protection.
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Again, the design of the interior isn't hugely different to the previous model, but there's been a big upgrade in terms of materials. The dashboard now has softer surfaces and a large expanse of (probably faux) leather.
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The new Outback still has analog instruments, but the top-end infotainment system is now a huge 11.6-inch touchscreen for the infotainment and climate control systems, with some physical buttons retained for temperature and volume. Lower-spec models have two 7-inch touchscreens.
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The new Outback is said to have a wider tailgate opening, and is available with a hands-free tailgate for the first time. With the rear seats down, the cargo floor length is 1.98m (78-in) and the loading volume is 2,144L (75.7 cu-ft).

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Editor-at-large — Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]


2020 Subaru Outback vs 2018-2019 facelift: Differences compared