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Subaru Legacy

Four-wheel drive is standard on the Subaru Legacy for assured grip in every condition

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
2.0 i 4WD 136 hp ? Petrol 11.2 s 197 km/h
2.5 i 4WD 165 hp ? Petrol 9.3 s 214 km/h
3.0R i 4WD 245 hp ? Petrol 8.6 s 237 km/h

Body type Sedan
Number of doors 4
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels All
Length 4 665 mm
Width 1 730 mm
Height 1 425 mm
Wheelbase 2 670 mm
Ground clearance 150 mm
Weight (normal) 1 330 kg
Weight (max) ?
Boot space (min) 433 l
Boot space (max) 433 l
Fuel capacity ?


   The Subaru Legacy IV is produced since 2003. It is available as a  sedan and estate.

   Every engine of this car has an impressive performance and strong pull at low revs. A smoother 3.0-liter unit normally comes with a power-sapping automatic gearbox, which is not the strongest side of the Legacy. However there are rear manual versions. Unfortunately there are no diesel units available.

   The Subaru Legacy is extremely stable going bends and has a very insignificant body lean. The Legacy IV has a slightly firmer suspension than the previous model, but it is still comfortable over most surfaces. The new model has a stronger front-end grip and better feedback.

  Engines sound quiet and relaxed at motorway speeds, but the sound becomes throaty as you step harder. Very little wind and road noise get inside the cabin.

   The Subaru Legacy faces a strong competition with a more popular rivals. Fuel consumption decreased comparing with the previous model, however a diesel engine would add practicality. Servicing might be pricey, but little should go wrong, as Subaru is famous for their ability to wear high mileages without impunity. That's the reasons, why it's resale price is only average.

   Inside the Subaru everything is much improved over the previous model. Interior is made from the top-quality materials, controls are slick and panels fit tightly.

   The driver's seat has plenty of adjustments, but it doesn't offer enough height adjustment. The steering wheel moves for height only. The main controls are clear and well laid out. There is also a decent number of pockets and storage space for oddments.

   There's plenty of head- and legroom inside, and far more shoulder space, than in the previous model. The rear seats can take three adults, however transmission tunnel restricts foot space of the center passenger. The boot is large enough to accommodate all the family luggage.

   Subaru has improved safety and security across the Legacy range. Front and side airbags are standard, as well as an anti-lock brakes. The SE trim adds curtain airbags. The R trim adds stability control. An alarm and immobilizer are standard on every model.

   Every car comes with a climate control, front and rear electric windows, and alloy wheels. The SE trim adds leather seats, electric sunroof, and cruise control. The R trim adds stability control, a limited slip rear differential, and other driving aids.

   Production of the Subaru Legacy still continues.


   Advantages: Four-wheel drive is standard on all cars for assured grip in every condition.

   Disadvantages: No diesel option is an omission as petrols are thirsty. Not a lot of space for rear passengers' feet.

   Verdict:  Fun to drive family car with four-wheel drive.

   Also consider: BMW 3-series, Honda Accord.


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