The centre console is cleanly laid out and in the test car, was dominated by the large touch-screen controlling various options and functions.
The centre console is cleanly laid out and in the test car, was dominated by the large touch-screen controlling various options and functions. Satellite Navigation is standard in the Spec B and the integrated, 6-CD autochanger is also standard throughout the Legacy range.
Prices start at £17,020 for the 165PS, 2.0R saloon. You pay an extra £1,000 for the Sports Tourer version and the same again for the automatic transmission. Both have the same equipment, which is far from basic and includes; duel-zone climate-control, cruise control, a leather-clad MOMO steering wheel, 17-inch alloys, HID headlamps with pop-out washers, electrically folding door mirrors, the aforementioned CD system with MP3 compatibility and front 'projector' fog lamps.
The 6-speed manual Spec B saloon is priced at £26,945 and the estate version is £27,945. The same pricing structure applies to the test car, which had a 5-speed, automatic gearbox.
The Spec B models have a 3.0-litre, petrol engine, which produces 245PS (241.4bhp) at 6,600rpm and 297Nm (219 lb ft) of torque at 4,200rpm. This engine has been tweaked for the 2007 models and is now said to have a 'punchier engine response at low and medium speeds'. Subaru also tells us that the torque distribution is better than before and better for everyday driving.
All of the 3.0-litre engine Legacy models, including the Outback, are fitted with the Subaru Intelligent Drive system or SI-Drive. The system incorporates three preset programme's for different engine responses - Intelligent, Sport and Sport Sharp (S#). The programme can be changed at any time vial a dial on the central tunnel between the front seats.
Pushing the centre of the dial activates 'Intelligent' mode for economic driving in town or motorway cruising. It conserves power and is said to provide the driving efficiency of a good 2.0-litre petrol engine. In reality it make the car feel sluggish and not at all like a Subaru as we know it and used to best effect in conjunction with the automatic transmission.
Moving the dial to Sport (S) makes things a little more interesting. Sport is more-or-less for everyday mixed-road driving and offers a bit more throttle response.
Subaru Legacy Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Subaru Legacy Sports Tourer 3.0R Spec B|
|Body Type||Sports Tourer|
|Colour||Regal Blue Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||8.4 Seconds|
|Top Speed||147 mph|
|Transmission||5-Speed Automatic with SportShift|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||38.2 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-Years / 60,000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 28/12/06)||£28,295|