No-nonsense estate replaces Legacy Tourer
- Accomplished handling
- Mismatched cabin
- Not cheap to buy or run
- CVT gearbox can hamper overtaking
- Long distance refinement
This oddity is the replacement for the well-respected Subaru Legacy Tourer, but since that name is still used in other countries, the Japanese firm had to come up with a new moniker. That’s the reason you’re reading the Subaru Levorg Sport Tourer review.
Just one engine and gearbox on offer
None of those are available with a blend of all-wheel drive, 1.6 petrol engine and CVT automatic gearbox, though. And with the Levorg, that’s the only combo on offer.
So who on earth is this car for? The firm expects around 500 customers per year will buy one, and they’ll predominantly pay cash outright. Leasing isn’t a factor here because
Subaru struggles to make the finances work, so monthly payments will be far higher than cars of rival size and performance. It’s a car for those with cash but no aspirations to stand out, and it’s definitely one you can rely upon.
Capable, practical and safe
Under the skin is a chassis shared with the high-performance Subaru WRX STI, albeit with a smaller, lesser-powered (and thus far more efficient) petrol engine under that distinctive vented bonnet.
That means it’s capable in terms of handling, but it’s also a practical car with many clever features. Its boot is huge with a low loading height and flat floor. There are lots of safety systems installed and a new infotainment system borrowed from the bigger Outback takes pride of place in the cabin.
Not great on fuel or tax
But there are drawbacks too, especially in terms of running costs. With a 1.6-litre petrol engine pulling such a large car, fuel economy is never going to be fantastic in a world of torquey diesels. It’s a similar story with tax, because the Levorg emits a fair amount of CO2 as well.
Its cabin, while improved, is also roundly out-styled by competitors’ even if it does feel like it’ll survive a nuclear war. We loved the STI-derived front seats, though.
The Parkers Verdict
So the Subaru Levorg Sport Tourer is a no-nonsense estate with a set of very specific talents. It handles well, feels nicely made, and is a pleasant place in which to spend time.
If you're looking for the ultimate status symbol for your money, or the latest in slush-moulded interior technology, this won't be for you. The CVT gearbox might also not be your cup of tea.
But the Subaru Levorg's qualities are so well defined, you'll already know it's the car for you, even before it turns a wheel. Subaru fans, queue here.