The new Subaru Legacy Sports Tourer (read estate) has arrived and I have spent some 700 km testing the new car in a wide variety of conditions this week.
Road tested by Hugh Maguire
There are three models in the new Legacy line-up, a 2.0 Td saloon starting at €34,995 a 2.0 TD Tourer at €36,995 and the car on test this week the range topping Legacy Sports Tourer. All models are powered by a 2.0 turbo diesel engine with permanent all wheel drive. A petrol version is no longer sold on the Irish market. The new Legacy Sports Tourer is both wider and longer and taller than the outgoing model resulting in greatly increased interior space. Boasting better equipment levels a recent 5 Star Euro NCAP crash test award and lower emissions this new car makes an interesting proposition.
The new Legacy Sports Tourer manages to cut a dash with its sleek good looks and sporty design. There is a wide range of colour options including pearl effect paints, which, combined with some lovely alloy wheel designs really do set off the new look. Overall then this is a very good looking estate car.
Behind the wheel
The all-new cabin with its aluminium trim really sets off what is a quality look and feel to the interior. The new interior design is simply excellent. The dashboard is very well designed with high quality materials and switches that work with a well engineered precision. Indeed the quality of this car is so good you could be forgiven for thinking you were sitting behind the wheel of one of the leading German brands such as Mercedes or BMW. There is ample leg and headroom in both the front and rear and even the rear seats prove comfortable and supportive. The load area is huge at 526 litres with the rear seats in place expanding to a load capacity of 1677 litres with the rear seats folded down.
Standard equipment includes, symmetrical All Wheel Drive, ABS with EBD, EBA, twin front dual stage airbags, dual front side airbags, curtain airbags, active head rests, ISOFIX, cruise control, automatic dual zone climate control with individual rear outlets, heated seats, power drivers seat, Bluetooth, voice activation, 18 inch alloy wheels, Hill start assist, electronic handbrake, leather upholstery, auto wipers and lights, a very high quality stereo with an in dash 6 CD stereo with MP3 facility, electric windows, electric heated and folding door mirrors, heated seats, front projector foglamps, HID headlamps, and remote locking with immobiliser.
The Boxer engine is famous for its bottom end torque and this diesel certainly does not disappoint. It has bags of torque and proves a very lively, refined and willing performer. Top speed is around 203 km/h and the benchmark 0 to 100km takes 9.6 seconds. This excellent turbo diesel is mated to a new 6-speed manual gearbox which proved light, precise and has well chosen ratios to get the most from the Boxer turbo diesel engine. On the economy front it is excellent burning on average just 7.1 litres per 100km.
The Subaru symmetrical AWD system is simply excellent endowing this Legacy diesel with incredible handling. Fitted with low profile tyres the car will track your chosen line through a corner with unerring accuracy, yet lift-off mid corner and the rear of the car will very gently start to move off line allowing the driver to balance the car on the throttle. It is truly a rewarding driving experience. Refinement levels are high though I did feel those Bridgestone tyres seemed to generate a bit of road roar.
The new Legacy 2.0 TD Sports Tourer is a beautifully built motorcar which offers a high level of standard equipment allied to a wonderful driving experience thanks to the permanent all-wheel-drive. It is a real driver’s car, yet it doesn’t shout about it. I enjoyed every kilometre behind the wheel. If you are looking for a quality car that can match the German marques for build excellence, will be eminently reliable and good to drive, while roomy and practical the new Sports Tourer may be for you. Priced at €41,995 it is up there in the luxury car price bracket. The Legacy range has a comprehensive 3 year 160,000km warranty and 12 year anti-corrosion cover, with a three year paintwork warranty - now that displays real confidence in your product.