Where Does the New Subaru Outback Pull Ahead of Its Volkswagen Competition?

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It's a clash of the crossover titans. At first square up, both the Subaru Outback and its new Volkswagen Golf Alltrack opponent appear evenly matched to the other. Each is a rugged time-honored wagon that has become a full-fledged, modern SUV for the Ventura drive, whether that's down the road or off the grid.

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What's more, both offer a similar list of upgrades and improvements for the model year, from exterior styling to infotainment system -- the new Outback now gets standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smartphone interface, sound-dampening glass, and a retuned suspension for a smooth ride, and the new Golf Alltrack sees a few new standard driver-assist features in the mix. Both models even offer comparable entertainment and connectivity tech from the get-go, with Subaru incorporating its STARLINK Multimedia system in 6.5- and 8.0-inch variants, navigation built-in at the top of the line, and VW featuring its own 6.5 and 8-inch Composition Color touchscreen systems.

So where does our champion join the winner's circle, and the contender bow out? For one, Outback offers more trim options from which to choose, with a gamut that spans from 2.5i and 2.5i Premium at base through fully loaded 2.5i Limited and 2.5i Touring to high-performance models like 3.6R Limited and 3.6R Touring. Golf Alltrack only features three -- S, SE, SEL, making it less off-road ready to boot, as none seems built for either charge or turning and pulling power. Factor in the sturdier, more solid stance afforded by our longer wheelbase and wider front and rear track, and you have the makings of a lead. But these are just the beginning. Take the Outback wagon for a spin here at Kirby Subaru of Ventura to see where it excels, and you'll discover what we mean.


  • For one, it's home to more overall passenger space, a sprawling 108.1 cubic feet to 94.3 -- plenty for you and the whole gang to stretch out and relax for the ride.
  • Moreover, you can look forward to more room in places where it matters most -- over your head, around your legs, and at your shoulders, both up front and in the rear, and by as much as several inches.

Power and Performance

  • Secondly, you can look forward to a more energetic drive, thanks to a 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER flat four-cylinder engine that becomes a 256-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 workhorse in higher trims. The competition has only one engine, and it's a turbocharged 170-horsepower, 1.8-liter.
  • Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive comes standard, offering the firm grip over terrain and across weather-beaten surfaces that few automakers can match. Our rival might offer its own standard 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system, but ours is permanent, always-on, structurally incorporated, and utilizing fewer moving parts. The latter is electronic, and such systems often require more maintenance than an AWD system like that of Subaru.
  • We take the lead in fuel economy, too, making possible up to an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon in the city and 32 mpg highway. Our counterpart? Only up to 22 mpg and 30 mpg respectively.
  • Ditto for having a larger fuel tank. Our 18.5 gallons to their 14.5 means fewer trips to the pump between outings.


  • Both vehicles might offer comparable driver-assist tech -- Subaru, with its EyeSight® suite, and VW, with its own host of adaptations, monitors, assist features, and warning systems. Each might also take home a rating of five stars for crash testing according to the NHTSA. However, it's Outback that earns the coveted 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the IIHS, its highest rating, and with superiorly rated front crash prevention to boot. Golf Alltrack is rated only acceptably, both for its passenger-side crashworthiness and its LATCH child seat anchor system, and it's only rated basic in front crash prevention.

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