2010 Subaru Liberty And Outback Score 5-Star ANCAP Safety Rating

Tony O'Kane | Aug 28, 2009

SUBARU'S LATEST Liberty and Outback family cars have passed ANCAP's rigorous crash testing program with flying colours, each scoring a full 5-Star safety rating.

Both Liberty and Outback received 34.8 points out of a possible 37 for occupant protection, and also scored three out of four stars in pedestrian impact testing.

Both cars scored highly thanks to the generous amount of safety equipment offered (front, side and curtain airbags are standard) as well as the car's strong performance in a side pole impact test, the latter of which ultimately delivered the five-star rating.


The Subaru also fared well in the standard side impact test, achieving a full 16 points. Both Subarus scored 13.8 out of 16 points in the offset front impact test, with leg injury protection for the driver being assessed as "marginal".

"Safety is an absolute priority at Subaru," Nick Senior, Managing Director of Subaru Australia, said.

"All our Australian specification cars are crash tested locally. We don’t rely on overseas results, which may not necessarily reflect local spec and may not even have been conducted using right hand drive cars.

"Subaru has consistent safety features across its entire range, making it an easy choice for safety-conscious customers. Our own research indicates safety as one of the top three considerations for our customers.

"We’re pleased that this is reflected in sales, so it’s true that in our case, safety sells."

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  • Mick says,
    6 years ago
    Guess what they're AWD/4WD and mum can see over the bonnet.
    But what happens if they have a head on with a Nissan Patrol??
  • Adrian says,
    6 years ago
    5-stars for safety still didn't fix the damn uglyness of the things.
  • auto says,
    6 years ago
    i think that one concern for this car will be the cvt box, even mercedes can't get their cvt right so what chance has subaru got?
    waiting for road test.
  • rajman says,
    6 years ago
    drove a new one with cvt this week, hated it, salesman tried sooo hard to tell me how good it was for fuel etc, look at the figures it's not that good plus these vehicles are soooo expensive still for what you get!!! ok quality is still up there, but it doesn't 'feel' expensive. sorry subaru, the new model has killed me wanting your liberty.
  • auto says,
    6 years ago
    from what i have been told and read , i think that Skoda would be the pick of the two.
  • Marcus says,
    6 years ago
    Subaru has in recent years produced vehicles that have always improved the safety rating with each new generation. So its a bit disturbing to realise that the 2010 Liberty ANCAP score actually goes backward! (from 35.52 to 34.8). Very disappointing.
  • David Whittem says,
    6 years ago
    I am disappointed in how ugly the new Outback is, I have now had 3 since 2000, but I cannot see myself updating to another unless there is radical style change before my current outback hits 100,000ks, it does matter what it looks like, also it seems the manual has lost the low range gearbox for a 6 speed, another backward step.