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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 SEn 5dr

    Enrique Filloy Date: 30/07/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car is comfortable, has little road or wind noise and a really big boot. The ride is firm, but refined, and it handles fantastically well, particularly in wet conditions. It is excellent on snow or ice, even with summer tyres; with winter tyres, the grip is just incredible.

    Safety features, active and passive, are good, and the control layout is clear. The Legacy has no-nonsense practicality, very good quality materials which are well-fitted. Against other comparable alternatives, running costs are not high.

    As a family estate car, I have nothing against it. The steering might feel a bit light, but if you want a more sporty car, buy the Impreza WRX Plus. For more grunt, get the 3.0-litre engine. The 2.5i (or the new 2.0i) are good enough for family transportation.

  • 2.0RE 5dr

    Charles Anderson Date: 12/07/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I always liked Subaru and felt they were different from the mainstream. However, I’m changing my opinion since buying a 2.0 RE Sport Tourer.

    It is not a bad car by any standard, is just not brilliant either. The main disappointment is the performance of the 2.0 engine, which now has around 160 bhp. It lacks any pulling power in 4th or 5th gear, and above 4500 rpm the engine sounds harsh and the gearbox feels overstretched; put your foot flat to the floor and it will go nowhere (turning off the air-con helps).

    The performance of the car has made minor niggles more irritating: The indicators rarely auto cancel. The immobiliser re-arms too quickly after unlocking the car, so you have to press the button on the key-fob to get the engine to start. The CD/tuner is very poor quality. The climate control has a mind of its own, and constantly blows cold air through the centre dashboard vents which can’t be shut off.

    As for the dealer, I was charged £55 for the ‘free’ 1000-mile service. They have taken 10 weeks and three visits to try to fit a roof rack and they are still not sure if they have ordered the correct part.

    On a more positive note, the car is smooth and quiet and has a good driving position. It is easy to manoeuvre and has a decent amount of space and a good level of basic equipment. Only buy this car if you are happy with the performance, as running costs could be hard to accept. For me, I’m buying a diesel next, which Subaru don’t offer – get the point!

  • 2.0RE 5dr

    Paul Halford , Berkshire . Date: 28/04/2006
    • Overall 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

    My car

    Previous car - BMW 525 D Sport. New one Legacy 2.0 RE Tourer

    Why a Subi? recommended by friends whose 5 and 7 year old cars are still going strong. At least £15k cheaper than a new beemer. Good dealer attitude and less common then a Mondeo or Vectra. Much better rear visibility then the Puegeot 407.

    Good points: the RE has good kit; comfortable on long journeys, handles better than the steering initially suggests; good estate with easily folded seats and flat floor. Both dealers were helpful and interested.

    On the negative side: really needs reach adjustment on the steering which feels a bit light, although you get used to it; why no memory for the electric drivers seat, one touch window only for driver. Fiddly reset for the trip computer.

    Fuel consumption at 1800 miles only 28mpg- they say it will improve and I am hoping!

    Overall: a bit different from the run of the mill and better dealers. Good value for money could be great with a few small improvements.

  • 2.5i SE 5dr

    Mark Ankers Date: 28/02/2006
    • Overall 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

    My car

    I chose the Legacy after test-driving the Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series Touring and Saab 9-5 Wagon. In my opinion, it offered more interior space, and beat them all with superb equipment levels, quality and engineering. I collected it in October 2005, and 25,000 miles later I'm still in love with it. Nothing's gone wrong, except for a jammed rear seatbelt.

    I'm absolutely smitten by the engine - it's lazy and torquey until you let the revs climb - then watch it go! I love the way it handles - the 4WD and braking system is a delight and you get amazing levels of grip. Even on rutted muddy lanes it always feel supremely safe.

    We've got three children under six years old, so the interior and boot gets trashed regularly. I can vouch for the durability of the leather and most of the plastics used inside. The attention to detail is great - the frameless windows, the way the needles flick to max when you fire the engine up, that muted burble from the twin exhausts. It all reminds you that you're driving something a bit special, not another German pocket executive car.

    The only downside is the fuel consumption - it manages low 30s at best, but that issue is far outweighed by the exclusiveness and character that the car oozes. The Legacy has a combination, of space, quality and driver enjoyment that can't be matched for the price - I can't understand why I don't see more of them on the motorways, but I'm not complaining because that's the way I like it.

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