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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

2022 Outback Continues Subaru's Impressive 5-Star Run At Euro NCAP


Subaru continues its impressive run at the European New Car Assessment Program or Euro NCAP as the 2022 Outback scores a perfect 5-star rating.

Euro NCAP tested the Outback 2.5i-L Eyesight—which is a variant below the local Outback 2.5i-Touring Eyesight. Trim differences aside though, the safety features found in the European version of Subaru’s wagon-SUV is identical to the Philippine version.

During Euro NCAP tests, the Outback scored an 88 out of 100 in Adult Occupancy Protection, 89 out of 100 in Child Occupancy Protection (highest in Large Family car class), 84 out of 100 in Vulnerable Road User Protection (highest among all vehicles tested), and most impressive of all, 95 out of 100 in Safety Assist.

During its crash tests, the Outback’s passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal offset test. Numbers showed good protection of the knees and femurs of both driver and passenger. Better still, a similar level of protection is provided to occupants of different sizes and those sitting in different positions.

In the side barrier test, protection of all critical body areas was rated as good, and it actually scored maximum points in this part of the assessment.

Furthermore, tests on the front seats and head restraints demonstrated good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision.

Its impressive crash safety aside, the Outback really shines when it comes to active safety. Fitted with the latest version of the Subaru EyeSight system (version 4.0), Euro NCAP notes that the stereoscopic camera-based system worked excellently, avoiding collisions in multiple scenarios from as little as 1 km/h including approaching a stationary car, approaching a slower moving car, and turning across the path of an approaching car. It also detected vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists with no problem even at night.

The Outback is also fitted with a Driving Monitoring System which detects signs of fatigue or impairment from the driver’s eye movements and steering behavior.

In fact, the only Achilles’ Heel is when it comes to its Reverse Automatic Braking or RAB which didn’t detect the pedestrian. It was rated poor only in this scenario.

Read our review of the Subaru Outback 2.5i-Touring here.

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