Eastlife’s motoring columnist Sue Cooke test drives the Sabaru Levorg
Model: Subaru Levorg GT
Price: £ 27,495otr
Engine: 1.6 litre DIT Boxer
Performance: 0-62mph in 8.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 130mph
Combined fuel consumption: 40mpg
CO2 emissions: 164g/km
Subaru brings some great cars to the UK. Last year one of the most searched for and sold estates across the Motors.co.uk network was the Outback and one of the most searched for saloons was the Impreza. New to the UK market and a model which should definitely be added to the most searched for, is the Subaru Levorg.
I absolutely love this sport tourer. The Subaru branding and raised power air intake across the front bonnet gives it road presence and as you would expect from a Subaru, it has turbo boost powers of acceleration.
While our weather in East Anglia is changeable at this time of year, the Levorg’s all-wheel drive capability is a reassuring antidote to any wet weather. Back in 2012 when its predecessor, the fourth generation Legacy Tourer was launched, it was innovatively dubbed ‘Subaglue’ referring to the company’s symmetrical all-wheel drive system which allowed its owners to ‘go anywhere’ reassuringly ‘glued’ to the tarmac.
The five door, five seater estate is also the perfect car for touring. I found it extremely comfortable on a day out around Huntingdon and while the exterior is compact, the interior has greater leg, head and shoulder room than its forebear. The cabin is practical with lots of storage spaces and luggage space in the boot is 522 litres, rising to 1,446 litres with the second row of seats folded down by just pushing a button. There is only one trim level, GT, with generous standard equipment which includes a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system which I found quite easy to use. The quality cabin includes leather trim and leather seats with blue stitching as standard.
There is a range of safety assist technology, as well as front, front side, curtain and driver knee airbags, whiplash-reducing front seats and High Beam Assist.
What I found most useful is the standard Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection system which includes blind spot detection which alerts drivers to cars sitting in their blind spot; Lane Change Assist, which warns drivers of fast-approaching vehicles behind when the driver indicates to change lane; and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which detects vehicles passing behind when reversing out of a parking space.
What I enjoyed most from this Subaru was the accomplishment of the all new 1.6 litre direct injection turbo Boxer engine. Subaru is only offering the one engine, which on slight pressure accelerates from 0-62mph in 8.9 seconds. I much appreciated the superb handling during a wonderful day out, driving through some very picturesque villages around Covington in Cambridgeshire.
This very quiet petrol engine with stop start facility offers the same performance as Subaru’s existing 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated Boxer engine, despite being 36% smaller and produces 170 PS.
Amid the controversy surrounding manufacturer claims on official mpg figures, Subaru has been named one of the top car manufacturers for ‘real world’ fuel efficiency following independent testing by German car magazine Auto Motor. Subaru states that the Levorg, paired with the new Lineartronic (CVT) transmission achieves 40mpg in combined use and CO2 emissions are 164g/km.
The Subaru Levorg offers spacious practicality, reassuring all-wheel drive and great acceleration proving it is a true Subaru after all.
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