Subaru Legacy Review

Subaru Legacy Sports Tourer

Subaru Legacy Review

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It produces 150PS at 3,600rpm and 350Nm of torque at 1,800rpm, which is great for towing and on the road it seems to be ready for action at a gentle nudge of the accelerator, even at motorway speeds.

It produces 150PS at 3,600rpm and 350Nm of torque at 1,800rpm, which is great for towing and on the road it seems to be ready for action at a gentle nudge of the accelerator, even at motorway speeds. The top speed is 126mph after a 0-60mph dash of 8.5 seconds and that puts a tick in every box and should prove how much diesels have improved.

REn trim is a little heavier than the base model, ‘R’ and so the following fuel consumption figures are marginally different (1mpg for the combined). Returns for the test car are 39.2mpg for the urban cycle, 55.4mpg for the extra-urban and 48.7mpg for the combined. CO2 emissions are measured at 154g/km, which is 3g/km more than the R version.

Subarus are known for their prowess particularly when it comes to the rally scene, and there fore the so-called, ‘emotional dividend’ is high. The Legacy Sport Tourer is a joy to drive. The pedals, gearshift and steering might feel a tad weighty to some, but it doesn’t require too much effort – just enough to engender a feeling of solid build quality and capability.

The balance is such that the Legacy remains flat on bends and feels as if it is on rails, especially during exuberant driving. Of course, the symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) helps, as it works on both axles to maintain grip. The Legacy Outback version also has a limited slip differential that allows torque sharing between the rear wheels.

On top of this, all Legacy versions have Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control (SVDC). This system uses sensors to detect loss of traction, while more sensors keep a watchful eye on pitch- and yaw-rates and control the car accordingly by applying the brakes and reducing the engine power, as necessary. The nice thing about it is that it allows for some play before spoiling the fun but it can be switched off altogether.

Because of the engine and transmission layout, the Boxer Diesel is quiet and if it wasn’t for the initial lurch when the engine is switched on, you wouldn’t know that it was diesel powered. Subaru claims that the moving sound level of 70.5dB is less than that of a Rolls Royce Phantom, which is impressive.

Among the list of safety features is ABS with a new mechanical version of EBD. The front, ventilated discs have been uprated and are slightly larger than those on the petrol versions, while personal protection comes in the form of dual-stage front airbags along with side and curtain airbags however, I think it needs another airbag to cushion the driver’s knees from the rake- and reach-adjustable steering column, which sits low.

Most of the innovations came in with the facelifted Subaru Legacy, earlier this year, together with a new ‘premium-class’ interior and uprated suspension. The idea of the redesign was to make the Legacy look sportier. For me, though the new front end with its chrome wing motif on the front grille, restyled wings and hawk-eye headlights is an improvement but doesn’t work well with the estate rear end. The new saloon, which is about to be launched, looks much more complete. But then, estate versions are always something of a compromise.

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Subaru Legacy Road Test Data
Model ReviewedSubaru Legacy Sports Tourer 2.0D REn
Body TypeEstate
ColourSteel Silver Metallic
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph8.9 Seconds
Top Speed 126 mph
Transmission5-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban39.2 mpg
Extra Urban55.4 mpg
Combined48.7 mpg
Insurance Group13
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3-Years / 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 01/09/08)£23,655

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