Jaco Van Der Merwe
Head of Motoring
5 minute read
23 Dec 2021
8:15 am

Subaru Outback a neglected stepchild in desperate need of love

Jaco Van Der Merwe

Inexplicable why so few of these comfortable and spacious SUV wagons find homes in South Africa.

There is more to the Subaru Outback than the monthly sales numbers suggest.

The South African new car market is quite a curious case. There are vehicles of questionable quality that sell like hot cakes. Then you get decent offerings that hardly sell under one badge, only to sell out when wearing another badge. And then there are proper cars that just don’t sell. One such an example is the Subaru Outback. This “SUV wagon” as Subaru terms it, having evolved from starting out life as a station wagon like its Forester sibling, does not get any love from local buyers. Since an updated version of the Outback was introduced in May, only...