Geoff Maxted
By Geoff Maxted

The Subaru brand has traditionally been popular among a dedicated core of buyers. Marketing is targeted towards specific niches centered on those who desire the company's signature drive-train, in particular the outdoors enthusiast and affordable sports car markets.

Subaru is a company that sticks to its strengths. It seems not to be affected by fad and fashion. For this reason their strong, well made cars are sought after by those in the know.

All cars from this Japanese company are powered by versions of their ‘Boxer’ flat-four engine. In the case of the Levorg GT this is a 1.6L DOHC petrol, direct injection power plant with a twin-scroll turbocharger. In use, the seemingly pedestrian 0-62mph time of 8.9 seconds seems faster.

Introduced as a concept in 2013 the Subaru Levorg combines the practicality of a tourer with the lines and design of a sports car. The name ‘Levorg’ comes from a combination of the words ‘Legacy’, ‘Revolution’ and ‘Touring’. With the imposing front-end appearance of the mighty WRX STI, the Levorg offers owners a truly contemporary Subaru look.

Subaru Levorg Interior
Subaru Levorg Infotainment

Launched in 2014, it has proved very popular with Subaru’s existing customer base. The Levorg offers excellent interior space, practicality and comfort from the power seats with tasteful blue stitching. The low door sills allow plenty of light to enter the well designed cabin; a cabin incidentally that offers practicality rather than trendy fads. The cabin also benefits from a very generous level of standard equipment from the single ‘GT’ trim level. At the back, the huge well-shaped boot has additional underfloor storage if buyers opt for the tyre kit rather than a spare.

Everything of importance can be ticked off. Bluetooth, Audio, Aux, USB (including for the back seats) are all on board as is a hill-hold facility. The 7” screen offers a reversing camera, navigation and connectivity. The central dash cowl incorporates a multi-function display with easily switched graphics that show everything from the time to how the 4x4 system is performing.

If that wasn’t enough the Levorg also has, again as standard, the ‘Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection’ system, which alerts drivers to vehicles and pedestrians behind the car.

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 the Levorg when reversing out of a parking space. All-in-all, that’s comprehensive.

A hallmark of all Subaru cars (bar one) is their hallmark Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. This has been pretty much standard equipment since 1972. Little needs to be said about this. It is tried, tested and it works brilliantly offering real grip at the right time. Couple this with vehicle dynamics control and torque vectoring - all equipped as standard – and safety is at the forefront.

Subaru Levorg Boot
Subaru Levorg Rear

The single engine option is paired with Subaru’s super-smooth ‘stepped’ Lineartronic (CVT) transmission with the option of paddle shifts. The 1.6L turbo power unit offers the same performance as Subaru’s 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated Boxer engine despite being 36% smaller.

Engineered specifically for the Levorg, the all-new four-cylinder engine produces 167bhp (170 PS), 164g/km of emissions and 250Nm torque. The engine, sitting low in the bay to enhance handling, offers smooth, seamless torque and improved efficiency.

Flexibility is core to the character of the Subaru Levorg, providing power over a wide range of engine speeds and perfectly matching the car’s remit as a truly great sport tourer. Don’t follow the herd; be a Subaru driver.

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