A spiritual successor to the much loved fourth-generation Subaru Legacy Tourer (2003-2008), the Levorg promises a compact on-road footprint yet greater interior space than its predecessor. Available only in the GT line, the new Levorg comes with generous spread of equipment and the marque’s iconic All-Wheel Drive (AWD) drivetrain.
For the UK market, the new Subaru Levorg in metallic hue features automatic on-off headlights, with front foglights. The sport tourer takes on 18-inch drak grey wheels to present its road-hugging prowess, along with the rear’s roof spoiler and foglights.
The new Subaru Levorg has one of the most refined interiors ever, thanks to a greater use of high quality materials. Leather-trimmed heated sports seats with unique to Levorg blue stitching come as standard, as does Subaru’s new factory-fit 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment, connectivity and navigation system, as well as a reverse camera. Leather trim is used generously within the cabin, including the door trims, on the center console and on top of the multi-function display on the dashboard. Highlights include rain-sensing wipers, privacy glass, keyless access and push-button start, 60/40 split-folding and reclining rear seats, boot light, 12-volt power outlets (2) and USB ports (4), and dual-zone air-conditioning.
While the Levorg benefits from smaller exterior dimensions than the fourth-generation Legacy Tourer, the new sport tourer offers buyers greater practicality. Not only do occupants enjoy greater leg, head- and shoulder-room than in the last Legacy Tourer, but the capacious 522-liter boot, rising to 1,446 litrers with the second row of seats folded down, provides ample room for anything from sports equipment and bicycles to luggages. The Levorg has been developed with ease-of-use and practicality in mind, and owners are unlikely to find themselves short on space, in spite of the car’s compact footprint.
Subaru Levorg: All-new 1.6-liter DIT Boxer engine and Lineartronic CVT
The Subaru Levorg is offered in one engine option: a newly-developed 1.6-liter DIT (Direct Injection Turbo) Boxer petrol engine that’s paired to Subaru’s super-smooth Lineartronic (CVT) transmission. The new 1.6-liter DIT power unit offers the same performance as Subaru’s existing 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated Boxer engine, despite being 36% smaller. Engineered specifically for its application in the Levorg, the all-new four-cylinder engine produces 170 PS and 250 Nm torque. The new four-cylinder engine offers smooth, seamless power delivery and greater efficiency than existing Subaru engines.
The Levorg accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.9 seconds, while returning nearly 7.0l/100 km (40mpg) on a combined cycle. Emissions are rated at 164 g/km. With Subaru’s famous Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, Vehicle Dynamics Control and torque vectoring, the Levorg’s drivetrain provides unrivalled stability in all conditions.
The new Levorg continues to uphold Subaru’s reputation as a manufacturer of some of the safest cars on the road, with a strong, light bodyshell and a wide range of passive and active safety technologies. It boasts a higher proportion of ultra-high tensile steel than other variants in the Subaru range, such as the Impreza, with 50% of the body made up of strong, yet light steel alloys for the greatest possible crash safety performance.
The Levorg is equipped as standard with the new ‘Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection’ system (SRVD), which alerts drivers to vehicles which are crossing behind. A comprehensive safety package, SRVD combines three technologies: 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.
Levorg also features SI Drive (Subaru Intelligent Drive) which allows the driver, via a switch on the steering wheel to chose between two modes according to their mood or the driving environment, Intelligent mode and Sport mode.
To ensure best-in-class on-road handling, the Levorg joins the WRX STI and new Outback in being fitted with Active Torque Vectoring (ATV). ATV effectively brakes the inside wheels under cornering and apportions greater torque to the outside of the car, reducing understeer and oversteer to allow a more predictable and controlled course through corners.
With a range of safety assist technology, as well as front, front side, curtain and driver knee airbags, whiplash-reducing front seats, and High Beam Assist, the Levorg is expected to receive a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating when it is tested later this year.
Rolling out at end of September, the new Subaru Levorg has a starting price of 27,495 pounds.