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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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31 reader reviews for Subaru Legacy Estate.
  • 2.5i SE 5dr

    morton simpson , angus . Date: 14/02/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My model is a 2005 Outback which was bought in September 07. Living in semi rural Scotland and covering approx 20.000 miles per year i required a car that could cope with twisty roads, snow and serious off roading due to my gun dog hobby. Also my job requires i drive a quality car without being too flash. Overall the Outback ticked all the boxes. So far it has proved ultra reliable, reasonable MPG circa 30, good handling, quality feel, understated and outstanding off road. On more than one occasion the scoobie has tackled terrian that posh 4x4s feard to tackle and never failed me. Why buy a posh off roader at double the price? i have in the past and now realise why the nobility all drive Outbacks. It is a great all rounder that copes with everthing that you throw at it. Pretty quick on the twisty stuff, especially using the sport box. A bargian at the price, just dont expect anyone to say whow an Outback. It's not a beemer but its better for that. Can all the Lords and blue blood be wrong? It's fantastic. Given a 5 overall for its off road ability.

  • 3.0R 5dr

    david thomas , glamorgan . Date: 13/12/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I traded in an Audi A8 for my Legacy 3.0R Auto at Christmas 2004.

    The car had been Subaru in-house and I got a £4000 discount as well as a very generous part-ex. My first impressions were that it was noisy and had a hard ride, especially at low speeds around town.

    In its favour it was spacious, and well-equipped, and from 4000rpm on, decently quick. After three years, my overwhelming sense is of a machine that is completely reliable, much more so than any other marque I've had of late, including Mercedes, BMW and Audi.

    In three years, nothing has failed so far, and everything works the way it did when I took delivery.

    If anything, the engine has opened up, and it definitely thrives on high octane (and high-cost) petrol, so I feed it some for long motorway runs. With four wheel drive, the handling is always ultra-safe, and it copes easily with rain, snow, mud etc.

    I've come to enjoy its discreet nature. It doesn't cause the same offence to others as the big Germans, so I hope Subaru will carry on with the less macho styling for this model (though not as unmacho as the new Impreza).

    What other high-quality, reliable, quick, leather and sunroofed 3-litre estate car is there for anything like the money? A similarly-equipped Audi Quattro would be more by £10k, and in my experience, doesn't have the 100% reliability of the Scoobie.

    I just wish they could do something to reduce the road noise, the only real downside to an excellent machine.

  • 2.5i SE 5dr

    james short , kent . Date: 30/11/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is my 3rd Legacy 2.5 Outback. I've driven over 220,000 miles across fields, countrylanes , A roads and motorways. The car is totally understated but remains perhaps the best drivers car available to the country car dweller. A brief change to Audi made me realise even more just how dynamic and involving the Subaru experience is. Off road it will go anywhere ground clearence allows , and will then quite happily travel many miles rapidly along country roads and motorways a like. Average fuel economy at 28mpg is always consistent and 30+ mpg is possible on a long journey. Services not the cheapest and parts expensive but thankfully not required very often. A great all round car - drive one and you will appreciate just how good the outback is for everyday motoring.

  • 3.0R spec B 5dr

    peter mitchell , down . Date: 16/11/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned a three-litre manual estate for 18mths. It was bought through a local Subaru dealer new with £6k discount. It is a stunning car which still brings a grin to my face when I push it on; fantastic - pace, engine music and handling.

    Only problem is that I tend to pay heavily for spirited driving at the filling station. I tend to average 21- 24 mpg , whereas my wife gets around 30 mpg.

    Despite around 240bhp, insurance is fairly reasonable at grp 15.

    It's superbly equipped - sat nav/ climate / large sun roof / elec leather seats / 6 cd and has been faultless.

    Best of all it blends into the background - no pretentious badge on a pompous grill.

    Subaru have one of the best kept motoring secrets in it's model list.

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