Subaru wouldn’t be what you’d call the biggest car brand in Ireland, but they are a brand with a relatively good name. Now seems like a good time to bring their new estate car, the Levorg to the Irish market. After all, station wagons are becoming slightly more popular on our roads – so why not bring it in. Subaru calls this car the “spiritual successor” for the Legacy Tourer, fans of the manufacturer say that it’s something else – an estate version of the Subaru WRX.
The Subaru Levorg has been kept very simple for the Irish market. There is just one engine available. The Irish arm of the manufacturer has opted to bring in the 1.6 Direct Injection Turbo petrol version. This houses a new Boxer engine which is coupled to a Lineartronic CVT gearbox. Sadly, the engine means a very mediocre, if not bad, fuel economy. At least Subaru aren’t making up their fuel economy figures though, the technical spec says that it averages 7.1 l/100km – we returned 7.6, which isn’t far off their mark. On paper, the 1.6 offering is gutsy and it offers 170 hp and 0-100km/h in 8.9 seconds.
This is an AWD offering, which does brilliantly in adding extra grip to the car. On flat-surfaced corners, this car is very enjoyable to drive. However, the suspension is extremely firm and if you drive it with any type of gusto on uneven surfaces and you might feel like you’re bouncing all over the road. The CVT gearbox is excellent – which is not something that we say too often.
Unfortunately, a lot of road noise does slip into this vehicle. Some of that might come from the intercooler scoop to the front, but it also depends on what tyres you opt for with the car. The vehicle could do with a little more padding.
The interior is nice, not overly premium in feeling, but nice. The infotainment looks very similar to what you’d see inside any new Honda, however, it would not be as easy to use. There is an abundance of buttons on the steering wheel too. On the plus side, this car comes with a whopping six USB points – which we thought was very cool.
The Subaru Levorg scored a full five stars in the Euro NCAP. It comes with plenty of sensors surrounding the interior of the car and the AWD system offers torque distribution. It also has braking assist, which is always a bonus.
In terms of space, leg room and head room to both the front and the rear is excellent. The seats are very comfortable too. There is good manoeuvrability in the driver’s seat and the steering wheel, so getting comfortable is not an issue. The boot has a false floor and has plenty of hidden storage. It offers 522 litres, which is competitive.