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Before you buy a Subaru Outback in Uganda

by Edwin

The Subaru Outback is an automotive nameplate used by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) since 1994. The "Outback" name has been utilized on two different Subaru branded vehicles. One of these models is based on the mid-sized Subaru Legacy and the other derived from the hatchback version of the Subaru Impreza.

Before you buy a Subaru Outback in Uganda

The Subaru Outback has some striking similarities with the Legacy because of the bumpers, fenders, and side skirts. However, this crossover SUV has a higher ground clearance which makes it better at off-roads. Overall acceleration is also impressive on this model. Choose between a flat-six or a flat-four engine.

The CVT model is available from 2009 on wards while the AT variant is only available until 2014. The All wheel drive system that it provides can be helpful in rough terrains.

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Buying a foreign used Subaru Outback from a Ugandan car bond

There are a number of ways you can buy a Subaru Outback in Uganda today and one of the simple ways is through a car bond. Here, everything has been done by your car bond dealer. All you have to do is simply pay for the car from the car bond and drive home. However, you can also find that some Subaru Outbacks have only been cleared the CIF fees only.

So it would mean that if you want a Subaru Outback then you will have to clear the rest of the taxes. You can find the Cost, Insurance and Freight of a Subaru Outback (that is from Japan to Kampala) to be around $ 3,000 or even above as stated by the car bond dealers.

However, the total sum of the CIF can change due to year of manufacture, condition of the car, mileage and the dealer you choose to buy the car from.

Importing a foreign used Subaru Outback from Japan

If you prefer to import you own Subaru Outback from say Japan, the things would change a bit. First it would require you to find a trusted dealer or seller in that regard, your specific car features and requirements, expected budget you plan to spend on buying the car and well calculated taxes to be paid to the tax authorities in order to clear Subaru Outback.

The taxes charged by the Uganda Revenue Authority include Import Duty, Value added (VAT), Withholding Tax, Environmental Levy, Infrastructure Levy, and Registration Fees basing on the CIF of the Subaru Outback from Japan. For example a Subaru Outback 2004/7 at a price of $1,111 will have a fee of Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) totaling to $3,451 to Kampala, Uganda.

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Availability of Subaru Outback spare parts in Uganda

Spares are readily available here in Uganda. In case you have any problems with accessing spares for your Subaru Outback, please feel free to contact us and we shall be glad to help.

Subaru Outback competitors in Uganda

Well, the strongest alternative comes from Subaru itself and that’s the Subaru Forester. Many Ugandans would find the Forester as an alternative to the Outback.

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General Subaru Outback reviews for Uganda

The Outback is very well equipped for the money, but the engines can be thirsty and residual values have yet to rise to meet those of more lifestyle-orientated brands such as Audi or Volvo. Still, as a comfortable and practical family workhorse, the Outback has a lot to offer more especially the latest model.

Subaru has worked hard to transform the way the Outback drives, and in many areas has succeeded. If you pick the 2.0 diesel with manual gears it will accelerate from 0-62mph in 9.7 seconds, or 9.9 seconds with the CVT gearbox. Top speeds are 124mph and 119mph respectively. Opt for the CVT-only 2.5 petrol and it will do the sprint in 10.2 seconds, while also raising maximum speed to 130mph.

Interior, design and technology. Subaru’s designers have tried to finesse the car’s shape to improve the look and, complemented by bold rails, the roofline arcs back nicely to the rear, with a strong crease on the sides running into the tail-lights. However, there are still some awkward details, and at the back it’s quite bland and blocky, with a flat boot and simple rear lamps.

At first glance, the interior is a vast improvement on the old Outback’s, but beneath the surface there are a few annoying quirks. While the touch screen infotainment system is relatively easy to use, the glossy screen shows up fingerprint smudges and reflects light badly, making it difficult to see. There’s a mix of materials on the dash and centre console. The top of the dashboard is covered in soft-touch plastic, but lower down things are harder and feel cheap.

Given its estate car dimensions, it’s little surprise that the Outback scores strongly in this area. There's plenty of space inside for five adults – although there’s no facility for an extra row of seats - and the large glass area creates a bright and airy atmosphere. A multitude of cubbies, deep door bins and a large glove box mean there’s a decent amount of storage, while there’s also a roomy boot.

Up front there are no issues at all, as the Outback provides plenty of leg and headroom. The driving seat has height adjustment as standard too.

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Depreciation of the Subaru Outback in Uganda

Predictions we’ve seen suggest the diesel Outbacks could retain around 35 per cent of their new cost after three years and 30,000 miles, but the petrol variants could easily do worse.

Our Conclusion

A strong safety suite and Subaru’s good reliability reputation should make the Outback a sound bet for you. Good Luck on your new car.

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