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01 Feb 2016 | Text by Regan Ong, Photos by Low Fai Ming

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Evolving Estate

If our drive of the Subaru Levorg is anything to go by, both head and heart suggest it's hit a sweet spot that'll likely appeal to many.


Once very well-known for its stationwagons, Subaru is marking its return to the territory with this - its new Levorg load-lugger.

As the name (derived from a combination of Legacy EVolution tOuRinG) suggests, the new car is seeking to rekindle the love affair with the wagon - specifically, the fourth generation Subaru Legacy GT wagon.

But the Japanese carmaker has taken a slightly different approach. Of course, permanent four-wheel drive remains, but the Levorg is designed to be driven on the road rather than off it.

It seems this is an estate with some serious GT sporting pretensions

Exterior


In the flesh, the Levorg is muscular without resorting to overly boy racer-isms. The WRX-like bonnet scoop, pumped up front and rear guards, roof spoiler and generous sideskirts are the Levorg's main concessions to sportiness, appearance wise.

Some may refer to it as the WRX wagon and we don't blame them. In fact everything from the B-pillar forwards is borrowed from Subaru's performance hero. Yet the nicely proportioned rump gives the Levorg a character of its own, and that's enough to separate the two.

It's easy to mistake this for a WRX from the front

The wagon's athletic intent is reflected in its wide wheel arch stance and sleeker silhouette compared to any previous Legacy equivalent and if you park it beside the Outback (Subaru's only other wagon on offer), its mid-sized packaging is evident.
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Car Information

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Price

: $134,800

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder 16-valve Horizontally-opposed DOHC Turbocharged

Engine Cap

:

1600cc

Horsepower

:

125kW (168 bhp) / 5600 rpm

Torque

:

250 Nm / 4800 rpm

Transmission

:

Lineartronic CVT (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

8.9sec

Top Speed

:

210km/h

Fuel consumption

:

13.5 km/L

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