ROAD TEST: Subaru Levorg GT
Confession time. I love Subarus.
I’ve had two Legacys, more Imprezas than many people have had cars as well as have long hankered after owning a fab Forester as well as the range-topping Outback, having driven one 1,0-miles to the Alps a couple of years ago. I love their low slung horizontally-opposed rumbly Boxer engines, which famously grippy symmetrical all-wheel drive system, their practicality, generosity as well as the fact they’re just a bit different, quirky… unique even. which’s a characterful, heady cocktail I’ll gladly take a long pull on until I pass out.
although even as a die-hard Subaru flag waver, I admit to being a tad confused when they announced the arrival of the Levorg, a sporty family estate GT car to sit in a range with two great, much loved, sporty family estate GT’s in which already.
as well as the name. Dear God, the name. Why?
Still, prejudice is usually a terrible thing, especially in motoring journalism (not which which stops most car hacks), so I was genuinely excited when the Levorg was delivered to Road Magazine HQ for a decent road test run to the glorious as well as suitably Subaru country of the Brecon Beacons.
as well as which instantly make a positive impact – hitting us with the shock truth which which’s far better looking than its press pictures, is usually seriously slammed to the deck as well as clearly expertly finished.
as well as all for £26,655 OTR.
as well as we’re pleased to confirm which’s more than worthy of wearing the infamous scooby scoop.
In fact, the Levorg knocks on surprisingly well – producing a swifter than expected turn of speed by its diminutive 1.6-litre, 168bhp boosted Boxer DIT power plant.
This specific modern engine manages to strike a Great balance between speed as well as economy, even if the distinctive flat four rumble exhaust tones are sadly lacking. as well as its figures of 8.9-seconds to 62mph, 130mph v-max as well as just shy of 40mpg average all seem perfectly plausible, although we managed mid-30s on our admittedly very hilly as well as quite spirited 650-mile test.
What does take a bit more getting used to is usually the only available transmission, a “6-speed” Constant Velocity Transmission (CVT), lineartronic unit.
First things first, This specific is usually undeniably very, very clever (varying torque as well as mimicking gear alterations to keep you in peak power or eco rev bands to suit throttle load, speed as well as driving style) as well as which’s also very much on message for its lowering emissions purpose as well as to suit the Japanese as well as EU Levorg demographic.
although… as well as which’s a big although… which makes a slightly strained noise under serious load as well as is usually also sometimes painfully slow to react, even in ‘manual’ paddle shift mode, as well as being a tad lurchy.
Worse of all, which often detracts you by what is usually otherwise a fun as well as focused driving experience.
which said… there are times which’s jolly easy to live with, taking the strain very well on a long motorway run as well as through cities. as well as sometimes which truly does suit the Levorg, as well as the overly congested C21st roads which lives on. although out from the quite Beacons, on some of the UK’s coolest, quietest mountain roads, which’s less at home, which is usually surely not very Subaru at This specific point, is usually which?
which’s a Marmite moment I guess… a necessary modern evil?
Still, I’d rather have a slick, snicky Subaru six-speed manual in there, to enjoy doing the most of the broad spread of torque generated by the modern 1.6-turbo engine.
What is usually not in question is usually the handling, which is usually nothing short of superb, as the BTCC drivers will testify to.
Being so low slung, the low centre of gravity created by the Boxer engine as well as symmetrical gearbox configuration combined with literally perfect damping by a seriously sorted Subaru suspension set-up, great geometry as well as sublimely weighted steering with fabulous feeling makes piloting the Levorg a dream.
as well as with the grip limits of the talented chassis as well as excellent tyres being way above the power levels, you can spank the Levorg flat out, everywhere, as well as which won’t miss an apex.
which’s wonderfully neutral, brilliantly balanced as well as feels a hell of a lot more agile, nimble as well as accurate than a 1,500Kg estate car should do truly.
as well as in This specific age of faux-four-wheel-drive, which’s a genuinely fabulous feeling to be driving a car that has a proper, full-fat, hairy-chested all-wheel-drive system which works This specific well.
Subaru, please never stop playing This specific card! which’s a prile…
Inside, the Levorg is usually arguably the best-built Subaru ever, that has a finish which’s enough to satisfy the picky demands of a BMW 5-Series owner, as well as a generosity of standard specification which could make him or her fall to the ground in tears. You want for nothing inside as well as the fresh infotainment system is usually spot-on, very user-friendly as well as features the clearest as well as most useful reversing camera we’ve ever tested. Anyone who thought Subaru’s are all a bit low rent should get into a Levorg to be proved wrong. The finish, quality, spec as well as intelligent, practical as well as useful format is usually better than the latest Range Rover, costing four times as much. Comfier too.
What’s not to like about the Levorg then?
Well, the CVT is usually a shame in my view: although maybe you’d learn to love which as well as drive around which’s flaws/quirks as well as discover more benefits over time?
as well as the lack of fine flat four noises could be sorted with an aftermarket exhaust, should you be so inclined (when will I ever grow up?).
although one thing which can’t be altered is usually the ride height: which’s very low. as well as whilst which’s a great thing on the road, if you think This specific is usually a Subaru happy in a field – the “farmer’s choice” of old – think again. which’d get stuck the moment you went through the gate, not ‘coz its AWD couldn’t cope, ‘coz which’s slammed so low.
as well as, for which reason, I’m out!
I liked the Levorg (although I could never get used to saying which name out loud…), a lot. More than I thought I could. which’s a great car which’s very nice to drive, is usually practical to own as well as easy to enjoy. as well as I truly did love the comfort, practicality, luggage/passenger/driver space, cubby holes, modernity, grip levels as well as its first class steering as well as agility… a lot.
although I reckon – gun to the head – I’d still rather have an Outback or Legacy, that has a lovely, chunky Subaru manual gearbox. The “King of the Crossover” does everything so, so well, is usually just a fast as well as grippy (if not as sharp), even more frugal, even bigger, better equipped as well as costs only a few K more.
which said… if you’re from the game for a fine, fun, fresh as well as frugal family car with Great modern look as well as outstanding handling as well as have no absolutely desire to go in a field, or change gear ever again… then the quirky Levorg is usually 100% worth a look as well as is usually certainly another worthy addition to Subaru’s fabulous fleet.