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Subaru Levorg GT

A SMARTER SUBARU? (some text hidden)

By Car & Driving

Subaru's Levorg GT is a spacious 4WD estate that offers performance, comfort and practicality to a narrow group of customers who'll probably be fans of the brand. Is it good enough to reach out beyond these people though? Car & Driving check out what's on offer.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 89

Subaru's Levorg (the name derived from 'Legacy', 'reVOlution' and 'touRinG') is the spiritual successor to the brand's fourth generation Legacy estate that ceased production in 2008. This car's a little smaller than its predecessor thanks to underpinnings from the brand's Impreza family hatch, but it still manages to offer more interior space than any old Legacy model served up. And, as with all Subarus, there's the usual stout build quality, peerless reliability, dependable 4WD system and charismatic Boxer engine. Let's check out this car in this revised 2.0-litre form.

Backgroundword count: 150

Subaru is the master of the tough four wheel drive estate. Today, its range offers that recipe either in tough, SUV-like Outback model guise. Or in the form we look at here. Enter the revised version of Subaru's Levorg GT. The Fuji Heavy Industries brand needs the Levorg. Not everyone, after all, wants the offroad look championed by the company's Outback model but quite a few buyers might like Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive allied to a sportier, more dynamic car more targeted at tarmac territory, yet well capable of dealing with a snowy snap. The mechanical package is interesting here too, though it doesn't include diesel power. If that's not a problem, then there's plenty else to like, not least excellent levels of interior practicality. Those looking for a more interesting option to upper-spec petrol-powered Mondeo estates - maybe cars like Volvo's V60 or the Mazda6 Tourer - should read on.

Driving Experienceword count: 188

The Levorg GT now uses a 2.0-litre normally aspirated petrol engine, replacing the previous 1.6-litre turbo unit. As before, this powerplant is coupled exclusively to a Lineartronic CVT automatic gearbox with six simulated ratios. This sole engine and transmission combination gives a 0-62mph time of around 9 seconds and a top speed of around 130mph. Subaru says that it's benchmarked this car against its performance models and it certainly should provide a more dynamic drive than you might expect. Ultimately though, this isn't an out-and-out performance-minded estate car, something you could have guessed by the standard provision of the CVT belt-driven auto transmission - there's no manual gearbox option. This won't be quite as smooth as the latest dual clutch systems you'd find on many rivals. Still, handling should be quite sharp, aided by this model's very low centre of gravity. Thank the low-mounted Boxer engine up-front for that. The Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system is also of the permanent kind, rather than the sort of 'on-demand' set-up you'd get in rivals like Ford Mondeo or Volkswagen Passat estates. So you'll be better provided for in terms of traction.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

0-60 mph (s):

8.9

Combined mpg:

39.8

Extra urban mpg:

44.8

Height (mm):

1490

Length (mm):

4690

Max Speed (mph):

130

... and 6 other stats available

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Luxury Saloons and Estates

Performance
70%
Handling
80%
Comfort
70%
Space
70%
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