First Drive: Subaru Levorg


This is the newly updated Levorg, Subaru's estate car for those who want to stand out from the crowd.

At first glance, this new version looks identical to its predecessor, so what has changed? AOL Cars decided to find out.

What is it?

The new Levorg is very hard to differentiate from the old model. The aesthetics are exactly the same inside and out, its driving characteristics are very similar and there is still only one choice of trim level, transmission and engine.

The only major change Subaru has made on the new Levorg is the introduction of the EyeSight safety system. Contributing towards the car's five star Euro NCAP rating, the technology includes features such as pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departures warnings and pre-collision throttle control.

What's under the bonnet?

The Levorg is only available with one engine in the UK. It's a 1.6-litre four-cylinder Boxer engine, developing 168bhp and 250Nm of torque. This means the Subaru achieves 0-60mph in 8.5 seconds.

Due to the fact the Levorg isn't available with a manual gearbox or selectable four-wheel drive, petrol consumption is a problem. Subaru claims a figure of 39.8mpg, but 29mpg is a more realistic figure.

What's the spec like?

The Levorg costs £29,680, which is no small sum of money. However, the only trim level on sale is GT, so there's a huge amount of equipment as standard, including satellite navigation, DAB radio, 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear-view camera, the EyeSight safety system and dual-zone automatic air conditioning.

Any rivals?

Due to its lack of performance, the Levorg is equivalent to cars like the estate versions of the Mazda 6, Ford Mondeo and Skoda Octavia, all of which have starting prices several thousand pounds lower. The main advantage you'll get from the Subaru for the extra money is a certain amount of exclusivity.

What's it like to drive?

The Levorg may look sporty, but this image is not reflected in the way it drives. There's not a lot of power available, but the grip is plentiful and firm suspension makes cornering easy.

At motorway speeds the Levorg is fairly refined, with very little wind and road noise and the engine quietening down. This Subaru is really rather strange to drive – it handles like a fast estate, but doesn't have the same power. If the more potent Levorg GT-S Spec B were brought to the UK market, the issue could be solved.

AOL Cars Verdict

Unless you're a die-hard fan of the Subaru brand, the Levorg is a difficult car to recommend. Its thirsty petrol engine and irritating CVT gearbox certainly don't do it any favours, and while it does come with plenty of standard kit, it's considerably more expensive than some of its rivals.

No matter how hard we tried, we couldn't shake the impression that the Levorg offers performance car running costs, with bog-standard real-world performance. Not an ideal combination.

If you're after a practical and comfortable family estate, you should probably look elsewhere.

The Knowledge

Power (bhp): 168

Torque (Nm): 250

Max speed (mph): 130

0-60mph: 8.7 seconds

MPG: 39.8

Emissions (g/km): 164

Base price: £29,680

First Drive: Subaru Levorg

First Drive: Subaru Levorg