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So… How family friendly is the New 2021 Subaru Outback?

The New 2021 Subaru Outback is just as practical an family friendly as the previous model… Phew!!

Three child seats fit nicely in the back of the new Subaru Outback. There are ISOFix points in both the outer seats and top tether anchorages in the backs of all three seat backs. They were easy to connect to and install apart from the central seatbelt comes from the ceiling which made it a bit tricky for the central seat.

With just the two outer child seats installed there was enough room for me to sit between them and I'm 162cm.

2021 Subaru Outback legroom with rear-facing child seats installed in the second row

Legroom was fantastic, and in front of the rear-facing child seat we could fit a 182cm passenger and in front of a forward-facing child seat, we could fit a 184cm+ driver.

The new 2021 Subaru Outback still has a very large boot fitting 17 shopping bags from empty! The previous model did fit 18. That's one more than the Skoda Superb and Mazda6 Atenza wagon.

2021 Subaru Outback boot space for shopping with two rows of seats in use

All sizes of prams and twin and double strollers fit nicely in the boot underneath the retractable roller blind with a generous amount of space left for bags and shopping.

2021 Subaru Outback boot space for twin side by side stroller pram and shopping with two rows of seats in use

I was disappointed to see the retractable cargo blind hasn't been changed, at the back there is still just a flap of fabric held on by rubber stoppers on each end of a pole to cover the boot between the main retractable section and the seatbacks. It's a flimsy method that kept falling into the boot space and flapping around.

Once that is removed the boot is nice and big, flat and carpeted to carry a large dog or for an emergency nappy change!

2021 Subaru Outback boot space for dogs with two rows of seats in use

It feels like there is a generous amount of interior space in the new 2021 Subaru Outback but without it feeling like a big car to drive, which I found made driving around town and parking in school and supermarket car parks etc easy to maneuver.

I found visibility is still very good in the Outback for both the passengers and the driver and if you do find visibility hard then the 2021 Outback has a rearview camera that can be activated while driving along. The reversing camera has different angles too, which were really helpful when parking.

The most obvious change in the new 2021 Subaru Outback has to be the new large portrait media screen, like in the Volvo XC40.

Most controls you would usually find on the dashboard are now within the screen, like the air-conditioning for example.

This declutters the dash but I find makes them a little harder to use and change while driving along because you have to look at the screen while you are doing it and take your eyes off the road. The Sport model I tested had heated and cooled front seats which you also control through the media screen.

Unlike in the Volvo XC40, CarPlay fills the whole screen rather than just the top half…

…which makes it much easier to use and the kids in the back like seeing everything big on-screen too!

Unfortunately, the rearview camera images only fill the top half of the screen so you only get quite a small image

There is a good and easy to use screen within the media system to turn on and off a lot of the driver assistance.

Storage throughout the cabin of the new 2021 Subaru Outback is good, with two cup holders in both the front and back and the central console box is a good size too.

There's a small well for your phone and USB connection port and a small storage pocket on the side of the central console for the passenger's phone.

Unlike lots of new cars, there is a lined sunglasses case in the ceiling…

…and all the door bins will fit large refillable water bottles.

The new 2021 Subaru Outback is a great combination of off-road reliability and around town or suburban practicality for families. The new look is a bit more modern and a little less frumpy but still really familiar from the old Outback.

I found the Outback slow to accelerate from a start at roundabouts and junctions, the eyesight technology beeps a lot when using cruise control, such as every time a car comes in or out of the road in front of you, which on a motorway is often. The Outback still feels more at home on country and dirt roads. Overall the Outback makes a very practical BabyDrive especially with its big boot size and fitting three child seats in the back.

The New 2021 Subaru Outback has yet to be given an ANCAP safety rating.


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