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Eco mode for great fuel economy, 17” alloys,
MP3/WMA & USB input. A classy looking car with
leather interior and electronic speedo.
Cruise control, trip computer and reversing
camera. Racing inspired paddle shifters with a
five speed manual mode. 2 .4L 4WD
Handsfree bluetooth, trip computer & cruise
control. Packed full of features including heated
seats, rain sensing wipers and leather interior.
Five door hatchback. With a five star fuel
economy rating, you couldn’t get better for
economy. Tidy car with the Magic Seat System.
2005 ACCORD EURO L 2.4L AUTO
Four door sedan. Leather interior with heated
seats and cruise control. Rain sensing wipers,
electric sunroof and bluetooth connectivity.
2007 HONDA CIVIC S AUTO
Four door sedan, climate control air system,
4.5 star fuel rated low emission vehicle. Racing
inspired paddle shift. Grab yourself a bargain!
2007 HONDA CIVIC S AUTO
Smart proximity key. Very tidy and well cared
for. CVT transmission. Popular segment of the
Smart proximity key, daytime running lights, leather
interior, SatNav & electric sunroof. Heaps of safety
features including ABS & 6 airbags.
Enquiries, phone: 548 7179
Nick D’Evereux: 027 443 6777
Ken Allan: 027 440 7307
Murray Roesky: 027 243 4312
Terrible name, great to drive
Interior will be familiar if you drive a
At a glance
We like: Seriously
good to drive,
We don’t like:
The frontal styling is
different, the car is
much longer overall...
but everything about
the Levorg screams
have a question about
Subaru’s new high-
performance station wagon,
If the buying public are really
so desperate to have a
replacement for the now-defunct
Legacy GT wagon, wouldn’t it
have been easier to make one
instead of creating a whole new
Because while Subaru doesn’t
officially make a Legacy wagon
any more, it does really. Pull the
plastic bits off the Outback, drop
it down to the ground and there
you have it. Outback has always
been a raised Legacy wagon and
the latest model is no different.
Surely that would be a more
cost-effective solution than
creating a separate model, as
Subaru has done with Levorg?
The answer is to do with size.
The real heyday of the Legacy GT
was several generations ago,
when the model was a whole lot
smaller than it is today. The
modern Legacy, sorry Outback’s
aspirations toward true SUV
status have meant that it’s grown,
in both attitude and physical size.
Levorg is more like the third or
fourth-generation Legacy wagon
models in external dimensions,
before the car started to get more
sizeable and a little softer in fifth
and now (non-wagon) sixth-
And of course Subaru hasn’t
started from scratch. Levorg is
built around the WRX sedan, even
if the company didn’t want to call
it the ‘WRX wagon’. It’s got the
same powertrain, wheelbase and
basic interior architecture,
although it’s more than 300mm
longer and 84kg heavier. Hence
the ever-so-slightly-awkward look
at the rear from some angles.
That makes it 0.3sec slower to
100kmh and 0.1 litres per 100km
more thirsty than a WRX. Neither
of which really matter in the
scheme of things. The Levorg
retains 90 per cent of the Rex’s
steering precision, performance
and ability to entertain on real-
world roads. It’s just that you
have over 1400 litres of load space
available, should you want or
need it. And you probably do,
otherwise you would have
purchased that WRX after all.
The more mainstream
character of Levorg also makes
the WRX’s foibles less of an issue.
I’m talking Subaru Lineartronic
Transmission (SLT) of course,
which is the Japanese maker’s
version of continuously variable
transmission. As CVT goes,
Suby’s system is genius: it’s
responsive, avoids flaring
assiduously, can mimic ratio-
changes when required and even
makes the WRX automatic faster
than the little-seen manual
version (no such gearbox is
offered for Levorg).
But SLT is still not entirely
suited to enthusiast tastes,
however efficient and
accomplished it might be.
That matters less with Levorg,
which is more likely to blend
domestic duties with crazy-fast
driving. And SLT does make for
incredible relaxed open-road
running, making the most of the
turbo engine’s torque and
dropping the revs right down
when the throttle load is light.
While we’re on the sensible
stuff, Kudos to Subaru’s latest
iteration of EyeSight too, which
takes care of adaptive cruise, lane
autonomous-braking duties. It’s a
system, but look-backwards stuff
such as blind-spot warning and
cross-traffic alert is also standard.
Job done, then. Or is it? Being
based on the WRX brings many
advantages for Levorg, one of
which is the ability to turn it into
a more hard-core STI model.
That’s on the way... then you’ll
really see how this wagon can
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