2015 Subaru Outback gains five-star rating from Euro NCAP

Article by Christian A., on December 9, 2014

The European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) has awarded the new Subaru Outback (2.0D 'EyeSight', LHD, European specifications) with the highest five-star rating for its 2014 overall safety performance test. According to the European unit of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., Subaru Europe, new Outback managed to receive high scores in all four key areas: adult occupant protection (85%); child occupant protection (87%); pedestrian protection (70%); and safety assist.

The Outback also scored maximum points in the side impact barrier test, with good protection of all critical body areas. Subaru Europe also disclosed the Euro NCAP tests on the front seats and head restraints as well as a geometric assessment of the rear restraints indicated good protection against whiplash injuries on rear-end collision.

The Outback also managed to score max points for its protection of the 18-month dummy in the dynamic crash tests. Likewise, the bumper of the Outback was found to be able to provide good protection to pedestrians' legs in all tested areas.

The new Subaru Outback for Europe features the Subaru's 'EyeSight' autonomous braking system that uses advanced stereo cameras and integrates a number of driver assist technologies.

The vehicle also has multiple airbags including in the front, knee, side and curtain. Coming as standards on the Outback is Subaru’s VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control).

To make the Outback much safer, Subaru increased the use of high tensile steel plates in addition to bringing in advancements in its “ring-shaped reinforcement frame body.”

The all-new Subaru Outback enters the 2015 model year with a bolder appearance marked by crisper, sculpted lines. It is provided with new front fascia defined by combining the hexagonal grille and bumper into a single smooth piece. The new Outback features an aluminum bonnet, which has a lightweight nature cutting weight over the front wheels, thereby improving steering response.

Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited is equipped, as standard, with HID low-beam headlights for a more characteristic nighttime signature. The Outback;s Limited trim line models are provided with turn signal exterior mirrors.

For the 2015 model year, the windshield of the Outback is more raked and shifted forward by 2.0 inches at the base. The resulting new windshield angle -- as complemented by new front partition windows, higher seating hip points, and door-mounted side view – help enhance visibility.

Meanwhile, the all-new Outback boasts of a similar footprint as its predecessor, with small growth in dimensions. Compared to the previous model, the 2016 Outback is longer by 0.6 inches and wider by 0.7 inches, with a wheelbase that has grown by only 0.2 inches. These small dimensional tweaks allowed the new Outback to offer a more spacious interior (from 105.4 cu. ft. to 108.1 cu. ft.), with increases in terms of shoulder, front and rear hip and elbow room as well as rear legroom.

In addition, the cargo volume has surged from 34.3 cu. ft. to 35.5 cu. ft. The max cargo space – achieved when the standard 60/40 split rear seatbacks are folded down – has surged from 71.3 cu. ft. to 73.3 cu. ft. Llikewise, the load floor is now flatter, while the new rear seatback release levers in the cargo area offers more convenience.

Just like its predecessor, the new Outback boasts of a ground clearance of 8.7 inches, which is higher than some SUVs. For a more comfortable access, the Outback has a low step-in height. The new Outback is also provided with new step-style doorsills as well as roof rails with integrated retractable crossbars and tie downs. The new Outback could be specified with a power rear gate with memory height.

Building on the superb safety performance of its predecessor, the 2015 Outback comes with new front seat-cushion airbags, a rear-view camera, and a new rollover sensor that could deploy the side curtain airbags once the vehicle detects an impending rollover.

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