What is it?
Subaru’s new diesel-powered Legacy has finally touched down in the UK, adding the prospect of 45mpg to Subaru’s traditional values of permanent four-wheel drive and extreme utility.
The new engine has already won rave reviews thanks to its combination of 148bhp and near class-leading fuel economy: the claimed 49.6mpg is exceptional for a vehicle fitted with permanent four-wheel drive.
What’s it like?
In a word: brilliant. The new engine is a gem – smooth, refined and torquey. Low-down urge is particularly impressive, with strong pull available from just 1200rpm onwards, where most modern turbo-diesels are still languishing in off-boost lethargy.
It’s quiet too, although some of Scooby’s trademark flat-four warble has made the translation into diesel. From a standing start, Subaru has engineered one of the world’s best four-cylinder diesels.
The rest of the Legacy is as before – big and sensible, if starting to feel dated compared to some more modern rivals. Range-topping RE trim brings plenty of kit with it, although the button-strewn dashboard makes finding the relevant control a challenge. The driver’s seat feels a bit short on support, too – especially as the agile chassis encourages enthusiastic progress.