2017 Subaru Levorg Launch Review

2017 Subaru Levorg Road Test and Review at Australian Launch.

I’m always a little concerned when a car company promises a car can do two things equally as well.

In this case, Subaru told us that their new Subaru Levorg was a “no compromise family car” that delivers “practicality with a performance punch”.

Can a car, especially a wagon, be practical and also offer genuine sports car thrills?

Well, the new Subaru Levorg makes a pretty good case that it is possible.

Prices for the new 2017 Subaru Levorg start from $42,990 for the GT, then $48,890 GT-S and this upper-spec model can also be optioned with a $4,000 Spec B kit.

All are powered by the same 2.0 litre turbocharged Boxer engine that you would find in the Subaru Impreza WRX and all offer the same 197kW/350Nm output.

There’s also only the one transmission on offer; CVT automatic.

Standard features on the GT include a reverse camera, Subaru EyeSight driver aids, push-button ignition and 18″ alloy wheels.

Step up to the Levorg GT-S and you get extra’s including sportier Bilstein suspension, sat-nav, auto headlights and wipers, leather trim, sunroof, heated front seats and electric drivers seat.

The GT-S Spec B kits brings with it an array of STI branded extra’s, including black 18″ alloy wheels, body-kit and a red push-button for the ignition.

The Australian launch of the new Subaru Levorg was conducted in the coastal NSW city, Port Macquarie, with a drive program that took us through to Tamworth, via the Oxley Highway.

Unfortunately, I only managed to get a drive of the Levorg GT-S, so will not be able to make a comparison with the GT and its ‘standard’ suspension set-up.

What I can tell you though is that this is one very well-sorted sports wagon.

The willing engine and the whirl of the turbo (especially at high revs) is quite intoxicating. Power comes on slowly initially, then it just gets up and goes.

I’m pleased to say that the Levorg has a very tight chassis and coupled with the Bilstein suspension, handling and grip is exceptional.

I was initially concerned that the Bilstein suspension would be a bit unforgiving, especially coupled with relatively low-profile 225/45 Series tyres, though overall I was very happy with the feel.

Perhaps, as you would expect, a bit harsh on the really rough cracks or road imperfections, it definitely has a more sports-tuned feel than comfort, though easy enough to live with in my opinion.

Great steering and that same impressive ‘D’ shaped steering wheel that you get in the WRX is the icing on the cake.

While as with the Impreza, visibility to the front and side are very good thanks to thin ‘A’ pillars and the handy little front 3/4 fixed windows.

One little complaint was some quite noticeable wind noise that seemed to emanate from around the Levorg’s generously-sized wing mirrors.

Interior space was an interesting one too, I felt a bit cramped when sitting up front, unable to extend my legs out fully even with the seat right back (I am standard Australian male height).

However legroom in the back of the Subaru Levorg was actually quite good and the cargo space is huge!

Subaru tell us the Levorg will also hit the roads from the get-go with a five-star ANCAP safety rating.

Summing it up; yep, Subaru has a good one here with the new Levorg.

Its easy enough to live with as a daily driver, the pricing is spot on compared to its rivals and the performance is more than up to what you might expect.

I am looking forward to having a drive of the GT, however I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the Levorg GT-S ends up winning the most Australian buyers.

Subaru describe their new offering as a car that fits an active lifestyle, true, and it does it with a whole bunch of Adrenalin pumping fun too!

NUTS and BOLTS - 2017 Subaru Levorg

Engine: 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder producing 197kW/350Nm

Transmission: CVT Automatic (only)

Safety: Five stars

Warranty: Three years

Origin: Japan

Price: from $42,990




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