Many car enthusiasts will remember the days when Subaru used to offer a wagon version of the Impreza. Subaru was also once known for its wagons, but now, their wagon range has shrunk, now limited to the Outback, and now, this, the new Subaru Levorg.
Levorg, which is a combination of the words Legacy, Revolution, and Touring, the Subaru Levorg fills a slot that was left by the Subaru Legacy, albeit in a smaller package. Despite the “Legacy” from the Levorg’s name, the Subaru Levorg is actually based on the Subaru Impreza WRX. This means that the Subaru Levorg is surely going to be a hoot to drive. The exterior is in my opinion one of Subaru’s best exterior designs, drawing some hints of the WRX, while adding some certain European flair to its exterior design. In the front, a chiseled from bumper, “hawk-eye” LED headlamps and Subaru’s hexagonal grille dominate the front. Thankfully, there is a functional hood scoop up front, and as we all know, a Subaru with a hood scoop means a top mounted intercooler, where it should always be in a Subaru! An integrated rear spoiler, C-shaped LED tail lights, two exhaust pipes with a diffuser round up the aggressive look of the Subaru Levorg.
Inside, the Subaru Levorg’s interior is easily identifiable as a Subaru. It’s not exactly the most sculpted, but it’s functional and nicely done. Blue stitching highlight the interior’s trimmings and a flat-bottomed steering wheel provides a sporty interior feel. Thanks to its wagon body, trunk space is huge at 522 liters with the seats up. Standard equipment for the Subaru Levorg include a touch screen infotainment system, smart key with push button start, voice command, 5 USB ports with 2 exclusively for charging, rain sensing wipers, and auto on/off LED headlamps with automatic high beams. The Levorg is also the first locally sold Subaru to have Subaru’s Rear Vehicle Detection, which combines Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which senses if there is a car coming from the left or right side when reversing, and Blind Spot Monitoring, which warns the driver if a car is present in the car’s blind spot upon signalling.
The Subaru Levorg is powered by a 1.6 liter DIT (Direct Injection Turbo) 4-cylinder horizontally opposed boxer petrol engine, which produces a healthy 170 hp and 250 Nm of torque. Power is sent to all 4 wheels (Symmetrical AWD) via a CVT, which should help fuel efficiency. Further aiding fuel efficiency is the Levorg’s Stop/Start function, which shuts off the engine when the driver holds onto the brake while in D, and starts again once the driver steps off the brake. Helping the car have a more agile handling is Active Torque Split and Active Torque Vectoring, which varies the power distribution in all 4 wheels, and can brake the inner wheel when the car is turning in order for the Levorg to rotate better in a corner.
There is only one variant for the Levorg, the 1.6 GT-S, and is sold at a price of P1,718,000