What is it?
This is the new Subaru Legacy Tourer, complete with the Japanese company’s recent 2.0-litre boxer diesel.
Subaru has taken a different direction with the new Legacy, creating the all-new car from the inside out to offer more space and comfort. The result is a much bigger car than the previous Legacy Tourer, and a distinct lack of the underlying rally-bred performance that attracted many buyers sought out in Subaru’s utilitarian load lugger.
The clearest indicator of the company’s shift in priority is the lack of the iconic Legacy Spec-B. Instead there are only two engine options – this 148bhp boxer turbodiesel driven through a six-speed manual transmission, and a naturally aspirated 165bhp 2.5-litre petrol boxer engine that is mated to a continuously variable automatic ‘box.
Don’t look for a Legacy saloon in the range either. Always a niche choice, the slow-selling saloon is another victim of the narrowing range and altering brand targets at Subaru.
What’s it like?
Cavernous and comfortable, but a sterile drive.
The new Subaru Legacy is a direct rival to the Volvo V70 and the forthcoming Skoda Superb estate, and it now has the interior space to be a viable alternative. There is acres of rear leg and elbow room, plus two cosy, reclining seats that provide limousine-like comfort. A third rear passenger will have plenty of space on short journeys, though won’t benefit from much lateral support nor a sculpted seat.