It’s nearly 18 months since the Subaru Levorg first arrived in Australia and in that time it has proven a popular choice, albeit most likely not quite as popular as Subaru would have liked.
And that’s both surprising and disappointing given you’re essentially getting all the fun of a Subaru WRX, but also with the convenience of a wagon.
Recently updated for 2018, the Subaru Levorg range starts here, at $35,990 for this Levorg 1.6 GT.
You also get a smart set of 17” alloys, Subaru Eyesight Driver Assist, a 5.9” LCD screen and LED headlights.
There is no high beam assist, or side-view monitor. It doesn’t have reverse auto braking, nor is EyeSight Assist installed.
That’s the bad news.
The good news is there is adaptive cruise control, lanekeep assist, and lead vehicle alert. The latter I could do without. It’s more annoying than anything.
The Bilstein shockers are missing too, but I found this omission more to my liking. The ride is superb.
Since I never intend on track days being a thing, I’m happy for it not to ride like a dray on the off chance I’ll get the urge to ruin a set of tyres.
The SI drive is a smart system that gives the 125kW engine a but more perk. There is no Sport# mode but on a CVT, it hardly makes a difference.
Speaking of CVT, as they go, this isn’t a bad one.
When you stick the boot in, it simulates gears by stepping in fixed ratios. The idea is that you don’t have the engine screaming for mercy under hard acceleration, and it works, more or less.
You still have fun in bends thanks to electric rack and pinion power steering, MacPherson struts at the front, and double wishbones at the back.
The brilliance of a Levorg is the flexibility a wagon format gives you.
Although the front seats have no power adjustments, the rear seats have a one touch electric fold function. The rear seats can be set to several reclining positions.
The audio system is adequate, and there is no Apple CarPlay or sat-nav. To a degree, Siri takes car of that by allowing your phone to be handsfree without CarPlay, but it won’t display maps and music on your LCD by mirroring the phone.
There is voice command, but like most voice systems, is temperamental. Frankly you’re better off using the buttons.
You only get a single USB, but I can live with that.
Essentially, the 2018 Subaru Levorg 1.6 GT is very safe basic transport at a reasonable price. It has enough comforts of home without going over the top.
It also drives well and has oodles of space.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2018 Subaru Levorg 1.6 GT
- Engine: 1.6 litre turbo-petrol producing 125kW/250Nm
- Transmission: CVT auto only
- Safety: Five stars
- Warranty: Three years
- Origin: Japan
- Price: from $35,990