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Subaru Outback 2022 achieves highest ANCAP safety rating on record


The 2021 Subaru Outback introduced a wide range of safety features and now ANCAP has given the family wagon its best score ever.

When Subaru launched the Outback earlier this year its engineers confidently proclaimed the high-riding wagon would score five stars under the current ANCAP protocols and they have now been proven right.

The Australian vehicle safety authority released its report on the safety of the sixth generation Outback after it was crash tested by its overseas counterpart Euro NCAP while ANCAP’s local testing centres remain closed in several states due to Covid-19 lockdowns.

The ANCAP safety rating applies to all 2021 Outback models and onwards.

Subaru Outback 2022 ANCAP testing roof
The Subaru Outback has been given ANCAP’s highest safety score on record

ANCAP CEO Carla Hoorweg said the Outback sets a new benchmark for vehicles tested under the current criteria, which was introduced in 2020 and will be updated again in 2023.

“The Subaru Outback has comprehensively impressed, achieving the highest scores we’ve seen so far when testing to our current protocols,” she said.

While many vehicles are able to achieve a five-star rating, ANCAP also records a percentage score for how well it performed across a number of areas.

Subaru Outback 2022 ANCAP testing side
Assessors praised the Outback for its child protection ability and driver monitoring software

The Outback recorded 88 per cent for adult occupant protection, 91 per cent for child protection, 84 per cent for vulnerable road user protection (such as pedestrians and cyclists), and 96 per cent for its crash prevention safety systems.

Those scores outperform rivals such as the Toyota Kluger and Kia Sorento large SUVs, while the more comparable Volkswagen Passat Alltrack has not been tested under the latest criteria but did achieve a five-star rating in 2015.

Toyota Kluger 2021 ANCAP AEB
The Toyota Kluger was recently tested by ANCAP and also received high scores

Within the report, assessors praised the Outback for its driver monitoring system and the addition of rear autonomous emergency braking, both of which are standard on the base model and up.

Curiously, the lack of a centre airbag to prevent front passengers from colliding in an accident was not necessary for the Outback or the Kluger to achieve their high scores.

Subaru Outback 2021: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • Outback AWD: $39,990
  • Outback Sport AWD: $44,490
  • Outback Touring AWD: $47,790