ON TEST WITH
Subaru Levorg 1.6i SE GT Lineartronic
Price from: £29,995
This week’s review puts me in the driving seat of the Subaru Levorg. But, straight away, I know what you are all thinking: What is a Subaru Levorg?
Well, the Levorg is a car you don’t see very often on the UK roads and until my test drive this week, I didn’t know much about it either.
Power and Efficiency: The Levorg was equipped with a 1600cc Boxer, horizontally opposed, DOHC 16V direct injection turbo petrol engine. It provides a maximum power output of 170 PS @4,800 – 5,600rpm and a torque figure of 250Nm @1,800 – 4,800rpm.
On the combined cycle, I achieved 36mpg which is not outstanding but still good for a car that I consider to be a big vehicle.
If you are interested, the Levorg will also reach a top speed of around 130mph and 0 to 62mph of 8.9 seconds.
So, in the real world, does the Boxer engine-design work? Well, for me, it does. It sounds great, moves with minimal fuss and plenty of grunt.
On the Road: The Levorg feels great on any road surface and that’s thanks to its predictable handling and smooth ride.
Remember the Levorg also has some decent off-road capabilities and is in itself an effortless car to drive – thanks mainly to the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive layout which includes an active torque split-system, which helps further increase the off-road credentials of the Levorg.
Then, there are the brakes, which feel very good thanks to 316mm ventilated discs at the front and 300mm at the rear.
Design and Technology: Some of the standard equipment on the Levorg comes in the form of automatic LED headlights, 18-inch aluminium alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning system, seven-inch multifunction colour touchscreen, eyesight, 4.3-inch LCD multi-information display, adaptive cruise control, ABS with Electronic brake-force distribution, front, side, curtain and knee air bags, Thatcham Cat 1 alarm Immobiliser, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Vehicle Dynamics Control, Hill Start Assist, Active Torque Vectoring, plus some of the most comfortable seats I have ever sat in.
You also get an auto-dimming rear view mirror, power windows, welcome lighting, Bluetooth, dual USB ports, reversing camera and a voice recognition system. Of course, as usual, I have only just scratched the surface on what the Levorg has to offer.
To Sum Up: The Levorg is a decent car with plenty to offer. There are areas where I feel the interior could feel a touch more special.
However, saying that, it’s still very functional. The Levorg is like a dependable dog; it will be everything you ever wanted it to be and then some.