Subaru’s new large estate car – effectively ‘the new Legacy Tourer’ – will compete with, and undercut, rivals such as the new Volvo V60 Cross Country, Volkswagen Passat Alltrack and even the automatic-gearbox’d Skoda Octavia Scout.
Like the Skoda, Subaru fits an auto to the single Levorg variant that will be sold in the UK, called GT: unfortunately, unlike Skoda, it doesn’t offer a diesel engine.
The lone engine is the petrol-powered 1.6-litre DIT Boxer motor, a new 170hp flat-four turbo that offers the same performance as Subaru’s older 2.5-litre despite being more than a third smaller in size.
It produces 184lb ft of torque, which should give the Lineartronic CVT gearbox a fighting chance in terms of refinement and smoothness, and accelerates from 0-62mph in 8.9 seconds.
Fuel economy and CO2 emissions are less impressive alongside diesel rivals: it returns just shy of 40mpg and emits 164g/km CO2 (although the latter does see it just avoid the more punitive 165g/km-and-above Group H VED band).
Subaru Levorg GT standard equipment: ample
The Levorg sports tourer estate has a 522-litre boot that stretches to 1,446 litres with the seats down. Subaru’s promising more passenger space than in the old Legacy Tourer.
Standard equipment includes leather seats, touchscreen sat nav, LED headlights, metallic paint, 18-inch alloys and rear privacy glass.
The Levorg also has Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive system, enhanced by Active Torque Vectoring and all configurable via the Subaru Intelligent Drive system.
Subaru’s predicting a five-star Euro NCAP safety score when it’s tested later this year as well.