Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 32 - 49 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

Unfortunately for Subaru Legacy running costs, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are quite high, though diesel models were improved slightly in 2012.

More mainstream manufacturers generally offer cheaper parts and servicing, though don’t always match the level of customer service that you get at Subaru dealers.

Relative scarcity should mean that residual values hold up well – diesels especially.

Although better than the previous model, Subaru Legacy emissions and fuel consumption are poor when compared to cars of a similar size.

Following the introduction of a revised engine in 2012, the 2.0-litre diesel in S trim is the cleanest in terms of CO2, emitting 149g/km. Though better than before, this still fares poorly compared with something like the 2.0-litre diesel in the Skoda Octavia 4×4 that has similar power, but far lower CO2 emissions.

Heaviest CO2 output belongs to the 2.0-litre petrol engine with the manual gearbox, at 199g/km.

Subaru excels when it comes to reliability – previous Legacies have enjoyed an enviable reputation for durability, even when subjected to regular use on rough terrain. There’s nothing to suggest that Subaru Legacy reliability for this version won’t follow in its predecessor’s footsteps.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £180 - £330
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Insurance group 19 - 22
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