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Subaru Levorg (2015 to 2022)

NOTICE: This car is still assessed using our previous Expert Rating Index calculations. We are currently rolling out a completely overhauled Expert Rating Index in early 2024, so this vehicle will be updated shortly.

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Subaru Levorg (2015 to 2022)

Not a current model

    Summary


    The Subaru Levorg was launched in 2015 as a replacement for the Japanese brand’s Legacy all-wheel-drive estate car, which enjoyed a small but loyal audience amongst mainly rural-based buyers.

    Unfortunately for Subaru, the Levorg – the name created by combining ‘Legacy’, ‘Revolution’ and ‘Touring’ (“a bizarre combination” says Auto Express) struggled to find an audience in the UK and remains a rarity on the roads. Parkers called it “an oddity, difficult to pigeonhole,” and Car “maybe the oddest car you can currently buy” while Honest John said it has “a curious specification.”

    This is because you could only buy the Levorg in one form. Initially, it was with a 1.6-litre flat-four turbo petrol engine, but in 2019 this was changed for a 2.0-litre non-turbo unit with slightly less power and torque. Regardless of engine, the drive is put to the road through a CVT automtic gearbox. “It certainly feels lethargic on the road – low-speed pickup is far from generous and if you let the CVT rev the engine hard, it’s thrashy and there’s little in the way of serious thrust,” Car commented.

    The 2019 update also saw very subtle exterior styling changes and improvements to the interior trim and equipment – the breadth of specification does earn a plus point, with a seven-inch touchscreen sat nav, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration and a wide range of active safety.

    Many reviewers saw the Levorg as appealing to a niche market of rural drivers who need something that will work in all weathers and all surfaces. In these situations it copes well and is generally well-built – Honest John commented on the interior space and while saying that the functional dash layout “lacks a feelgood factor,” highlighted the build quality; “everything feels like it will last for years.”

    No longer on sale in the UK, the Subaru Levorg holds an Expert Rating of 51%, based on 14 reviews. That’s well off the pace of similar cars like the BMW 3 Series Touring, Skoda Octavia estate or Audi A4 Avant.

    This first-generation Levorg has been replaced by a second-generation range, but this latest iteration is only on sale in Japan, Australia and New Zealand. There has been no indication of if or when that model will come to the UK.

    Levorg highlights

    • Good chassis and steering work well together
    • All-wheel-drive transmission
    • Interior space and storage
    • Well built and robust
    • Extensive standard specification

    Levorg lowlights

    • Just one specification
    • Engine lacks go
    • 18-inch wheels highlight bad road surfaces
    • Dated interior design with hard plastics
    • Price sets it against much better rivals

    Key specifications


    Body style: Medium estate
    Engines: petrol
    Price when new: From £34,810 on-road

    Launched: Autumn 2015
    Last updated: Summer 2019
    Discontinued: Spring 2022


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: August 2016
    Date expired: January 2023
    Read the full Euro NCAP review

    Adult protection: 92%
    Child protection: 83%
    Vulnerable road users: 75%
    Safety assist: 68%

    The Subaru Levorg was tested by Euro NCAP in 2016 and gained a top-level five-star rating. Testers highlighted the performance of the autonomous emergency braking, that avoided impacts altogether in some tests and also recorded impressive results in a wide range of tests representing potential pedestrian impacts.  

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    No longer on sale, the Subaru Levorg has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    Reliability rating

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    As of August 2022, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Subaru Levorg to generate a reliability rating.

    The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusive from extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Levorg, we’ll publish the score here.

    Similar cars


    If you’re looking at the Subaru Levorg, you might also be interested in these alternatives

    Audi A4 Avant | BMW 3 Series Touring | Mercedes-Benz C-Class estate | Skoda Octavia estate | Subaru Outback | Subaru XV | Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake | Volkswagen Passat estate | Volvo V60

    Adding to the weirdness surrounding the Levorg is that two potentially better rivals to it are produced by its own maker – the XV crossover and Outback all-wheel-drive estate. But its price also brings upmarket rivals such as the Audi A4 Avant and BMW 320xDrive Touring into the reckoning. More obvious rivals such as Skoda’s diesel-powered Octavia Scout are also considerably cheaper than the Subaru.   

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    The Subaru Levorg was an oddity, a tough and well-built all-wheel-drive estate but of limited appeal and expensive compared to rivals.Subaru Levorg (2015 to 2022)