Subaru Outback Takes on the Competition

How the New Subaru Outback Blows by Luxury Vehicles from Audi & Volvo

Boston motorists searching for a sound SUV built for family adventures will love the new Subaru Outback. Our Subaru dealership in Natick, MA has a collection of new Subaru Outbacks to pick out. Still, Norwood, MA shoppers staying on top of their new SUV search are likely to consider the competition, like the Audi Q5 and the Volvo XC60. That's what MetroWest Subaru wants to hear! Once you conduct research, you can get peace of mind knowing you're making an informed buying decision.


2022 Subaru Outback vs. 2022 Audi Q5

  • All-wheel drive is a standard feature on all Subaru Outback models. The Audi Q5 matches that with its standard quattro® all-wheel drive, but the luxury SUV fails to provide a high-performance driving mode to navigate outdoor adventures. That's where the Subaru Outback takes center stage. Subaru X-Mode® is paired with the Outback's symmetrical all-wheel drive and is engineered to help Natick, MA motorists get up and down vertiginous terrain. It generates additional power to wheels with grip while directing power to slipping wheels.
  • The Outback gets a comprehensive safety package delivered as standard with the Subaru EyeSight® Driver Assist technology and the Subaru Driver Focus® Distraction Mitigation System. Some safety features and driver-assist technology like lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control cost extra for the Audi. Belmont, MA customers receive several standard safety features with EyeSight®, including adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, automatic pre-collision braking, and much more.
  • The Audi Q5 falls behind with interior and exterior elements. The Audi Q5 offers 8.2 inches of ground clearance, less than the Subaru Outback's 8.7 inches. The Outback, with dimensions of 191 by 73 by 66, is eight inches longer in length and has a wheelbase of a similar length. Storing cargo is much easier in the Subaru Outback, which offers a cargo area of 32.5 cubic feet and 75.7 cubic feet with the seat area. It's significantly more than the Audi Q5's 25.9 cubic-foot cargo capacity, which only expands to 54 cubic feet with the seat area.
  • The Audi Q5 only gets 23/28 (city/highway) miles per gallon, notably less than the Subaru Outback's 26/33 miles per gallon.

2022 Subaru Outback vs. 2022 Volvo XC-60

  • While the Volvo XC-60 offers all-wheel drive as an available feature, you'll pay a steeper cost for it. The Volvo SUV also has less ground clearance, and the Subaru Outback comes with standard raised roof rails. As mentioned, the Subaru Outback is equipped with standard symmetrical all-wheel drive and complementary traction control. Even with all-wheel drive, the Audi Q5 doesn't have the respectable off-road capability to match the adventurous Subaru Outback.
  • The Volvo XC60 only offers 17.8 cubic feet of cargo volume, which the Outback nearly doubles.
  • A standard 9.0-inch infotainment screen comes with the Volvo XC60, but the Subaru Outback has a larger, 11.6-inch available touchscreen, which is paired with Subaru STARLINK® Multimedia.
  • The Volvo XC60, earning 22/29 miles per gallon, will cost Boston motorists more at the pump, far off par from the Outback's 26/33 fuel economy rating.

Test Drive a New Subaru Outback: the Superior Outdoor SUV for Boston Drivers

The list goes on and on how the new Subaru Outback tops its competitors, the Audi Q5 and the Volvo XC-60.

The Subaru Outback has a higher ground clearance than both luxury SUVs as well as a larger available infotainment touchscreen. Think the Volvo and Audi SUVs have more interior comfort? Think again. The Subaru Outback's Touring model features genuine Nappa leather and all-season comfort features. With significantly greater cargo capacity and better off-road driving features courtesy of standard all-wheel drive, it's clear to see what makes the Subaru Outback great.

When it comes to performance, the Outback takes charge, boasting higher fuel economy ratings at 26/33 miles per gallon. While the Outback's 2.5-liter flat-4 engine doesn't produce much horsepower, its turbocharged option does. When equipped with the 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-4 Boxer® engine, the Subaru Outback is rated for 260 ponies and 277 pound-feet of torque to rival the power of the Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60.

Did we mention pricing? The Audi Q5's base is more expensive than the highest Subaru Outback trims. Why spend more when you can get luxury-like features at a mainstream price? Higher-level Audi Q5 trims will cost Brookline customers more than double what the Subaru Outback will. The same can be said for the Volvo XC60, which has a base model starting $15,000 above the Subaru Outback.

Ride around Norwood, MA in style and comfort at an affordable price. The other SUVs simply aren't ready for your outdoor adventures outside Boston. Test drive a new Subaru Outback in Natick, MA today!

  1. MetroWest Subaru

    948 Worcester Road
    Route 9 East
    Natick, MA 01760

    • Sales: (508) 392-5843
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