The Subaru Forester was tested by Euro NCAP in 2016 and was awarded overall five-stars ...
The Subaru Forester was tested by Euro NCAP in 2016 and was awarded overall five-stars, the maximum rating. It scored 92% for adult occupant, 83% child occupant, 75% pedestrian and 68% for safety assist, which is a good result. This compares to the comparable Seat Ateca which was tested in 2016 and which too scored a five-star rating – 93% Adult Occupant, 84% Child Occupant, 71% Pedestrian and 60% Safety Assist.
Standard safety equipment includes anti-lock braking (ABS) with EBD, Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC / ESP) with Traction Control, Hill Start Assist and seven airbags that includes a driver’s knee bag.
There is also the ‘Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection’ system (SRVD) comprising 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.
The Levorg comes with a 7” touchscreen infotainment system with DAB radio tuner, Subaru STARLINK connectivity, CD player and six speakers. Connectivity includes Bluetooth, USB in and Aux. There are two 12-volt sockets in the front, two USB ports in the front and two in the rear.
It all works ok, but isn’t up to the standard of the competition - audio wise it sounds ok, is really is down to that the menus are all a little clunky and the rendering of maps could be better.
- Ford Focus Estate
- Seat Leon ST
- Skoda Octavia
- Volvo V60
What we liked
- Euro NCAP rating
- Build Quality
- Traction Levels
- Five-Year / 100,000-mile warranty
What we disliked
- Fuel consumption could be better
- Too expensive
- Plain Styling
- Dated Interior
- No Diesel Option
We enjoyed our week with the Subaru Levorg, appreciating its differences, but it is too expensive and too thirsty to come highly recommended. Although it will appeal to the loyal fan base, especially those who know it for what it is – a well engineered, reliable, reassuring vehicle that will get the job done.12 January 2017
Subaru Levorg Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Subaru Levorg|
|Body Type||5-door Estate|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||8.9 Seconds|
|Top Speed||130 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||154 g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||44.8 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5-Star|
|Warranty||5 Years / 100,000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 12/01/17)||£27,495|