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    Subaru Levorg Review - testdriven.co.uk

    Sounds a bit like a new alien race from Star Trek, doesn't it? Subaru say the Levorg name is a combination of Legacy, Revolution and Touring, and that this new model - a sort of niche within a niche - is designed to take over where the old Legacy Tourer left off. I've puzzled over this because. well, why not just produce a new Legacy Tourer, a wagon based on the rather handsome Legacy saloon that doesn't currently make its way to our shores? The answer - at least to my mind - lies in the way it drives. Because the Levorg must surely be one of the best handling estate cars on the market today... The Levorg impresses with its insulation from both road and wind noise too. As endearing as all of this is, its the driving experience that has us sold on the Levorg...

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    Top Gear - Levorg first drive

    Subaru has always known how to set a car up well, and even a diesel Forester entertains on a good bit of road. The Levorg is no different; its electric steering is precise, its suspension is firm but shrugs bumpy roads off well, while the handling is sharp. You can tell there’s a WRX STI buried under there somewhere, and you can achieve some surprisingly high cornering speeds, the Levorg always unruffled.

    (The CVT) is genuinely a lot better than those you’ll find elsewhere, and it’s super smooth when you’re pottering around. Its boot is bigger than a Volvo V60’s, it’ll tow up to 1,500kg and there’s plenty of tech on board to prod away at to your heart’s content, including a smartphone-like seven-inch touchscreen incorporating satnav and copious multimedia options, while a smorgasbord of active safety stuff includes blind spot monitoring and parking assistance.

    The interior materials and aesthetics won’t titillate Audi addicts, but the seats are supremely comfortable, the driving position spot on and visibility good. Subaru does the simple, driver - pleasing stuff very well, and those who ‘get’ the Levorg will likely be deeply satisfied, especially when they take some unsuspecting hot hatch scalps on a twisting B-road.

    Auto Express - Levorg first drive

    So, with the all-new Levorg, the brand has taken a slightly different approach. Of course, permanent four-wheel drive remains, but the Levorg is first and foremost designed to be driven on the road rather than off it.

    Choosing your Levorg couldn’t be easier, as from launch there is only one engine, one gearbox and one trim level available. Beneath the surface, the Levorg actually shares a platform with the WRX STi, which has also donated part of its suspension set-up. And on the road, you can certainly identify the Levorg’s sporting roots.

    For an estate, it handles remarkably well, always remaining composed and stable through corners with virtually no body roll. It encourages you to push a little harder – you could even call it fun to drive.

    Car Wow - Levorg first drive

    Subarus are most prolific in rural Yorkshire and Scotland, and in those areas most buyers search for a reliable, sturdy, practical car which offers four-wheel drive traction to cope with occasional bouts of dodgy weather. For those people, the Levorg continues the Subaru tradition, making it an ideal replacement for the Legacy.

    Autocar

    The car handles well – well enough, just about, to represent a selling point to keen drivers. Steering weight is consistent and inspires plenty of confidence and is very well matched to the directness of the steering gear. The car corners very flat and fast, with excellent stability and surefootedness.

    Should I buy one? Given that genuinely alternative choices seem increasingly rare these days, you might.Subaru would clearly prefer to have 100% of a very small market than 1% of a much larger one. And since the former leads towards greater variety, long may it continue to plough its own peculiar furrow.

    Honest John

    When Subaru stopped selling the Legacy in 2009 it left a gap for a very niche group of buyers – one the brand is now able to fill again with the new Levorg. Its appeal is limited, but for drivers who absolutely need a capable car that works in all weathers and on all surfaces, it’s ideal.It copes with rough, potholed, undulating country lanes tremendously well, combining excellent traction with good body control and impressive ride comfort in a way very few other cars can. On the road the Levorg is very impressive. The boxer engine provides a low centre of gravity which, allied to the well set-up suspension, gives very neat, predictable handling through bends. Despite very good ride quality there is little in the way of body roll, plus the all-wheel drive system inspires real confidence, even in poor weather.The Lineartronic transmission is probably the best CVT system we’ve tested. It has seven pre-programmed steps to make acceleration feel more natural. Useful for those more familiar with a traditional automatic. At low speeds around town it is very smooth and quiet. It can also be overridden by the driver, using paddles to select one of the seven preset steps.Inside, the Levorg is spacious enough for a family, with plenty of rear legroom and a large, flat, low load area. The boot volume is 522 litres, expandable to 944 litres by folding the rear seats, which is easy thanks to a pair of one-touch electronic release buttons in the boot. Build quality is very impressive – everything feels like it will last for years.The load deck is flat and low, which makes loading and unloading bulky objects a doddle, plus it makes life easier for dog owners, since most dogs will be able to jump in without any help.Connectivity is good thanks to a standard-fit touchscreen with Bluetooth and navigation. It can be paired up to a mobile to use various functions including web radio, controlled from the car’s touchscreen rather than the phone. It’s a lot better than the aftermarket units Subaru has offered in the past.

    Top Gear

    Subaru has always known how to set a car up well, and even a diesel Forester entertains on a good bit of road. The Levorg is no different; its electric steering is precise, its suspension is firm but shrugs bumpy roads off well, while the handling is sharp. You can tell there’s a WRX STI buried under there somewhere, and you can achieve some surprisingly high cornering speeds, the Levorg always unruffled.(The CVT) is genuinely a lot better than those you’ll find elsewhere, and it’s super smooth when you’re pottering around.Its boot is bigger than a Volvo V60’s, it’ll tow up to 1,500kg and there’s plenty of tech on board to prod away at to your heart’s content, including a smartphone-like seven-inch touchscreen incorporating satnav and copious multimedia options, while a smorgasbord of active safety stuff includes blind spot monitoring and parking assistance.The interior materials and aesthetics won’t titillate Audi addicts, but the seats are supremely comfortable, the driving position spot on and visibility good. Subaru does the simple, driver-pleasing stuff very well, and those who ‘get’ the Levorg will likely be deeply satisfied, especially when they take some unsuspecting hot hatch scalps on a twisting B-road.

    Auto Express

    So, with the all-new Levorg, the brand has taken a slightly different approach. Of course, permanent four-wheel drive remains, but the Levorg is first and foremost designed to be driven on the road rather than off it.Choosing your Levorg couldn’t be easier, as from launch there is only one engine, one gearbox and one trim level available.Beneath the surface, the Levorg actually shares a platform with the WRX STi, which has also donated part of its suspension set-up. And on the road, you can certainly identify the Levorg’s sporting roots.For an estate, it handles remarkably well, always remaining composed and stable through corners with virtually no body roll. It encourages you to push a little harder – you could even call it fun to drive.

    Car Wow

    Subarus are most prolific in rural Yorkshire and Scotland, and in those areas most buyers search for a reliable, sturdy, practical car which offers four-wheel drive traction to cope with occasional bouts of dodgy weather. For those people, the Levorg continues the Subaru tradition, making it an ideal replacement for the Legacy.