Car reviews - Subaru - Outback - diesel CVT
Weekend warriors could do worse than check out the diesel, auto Outback
5 Jul 2013
EUROPEANS love diesel engines, and they also love shifting gears themselves.
Australians also love a good oil-burning donk, but we hate swapping cogs the old-fashioned way.
However, because the Australian market is such an anomaly on the world stage, it presents a big challenge to car-makers loathe to tip big money into a low-volume right-hand-drive market too lazy to work a clutch pedal.
It’s a big thing, then, when someone does make the effort, and Subaru is one of them.
Earlier this year, its Outback soft-roader added an automatic transmission, but instead of using a traditional torque converter with a defined set of ratios, Subaru has paired its diesel with a steel belt and a pair of pulleys – a motor scooter-friendly continuously variable transmission.
And you know what? It’s just right for us lazy Aussies.
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Model release date: 1 March 2013 to 1 December 2014
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