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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

    Chris Fellows , Derbyshire . Date: 30/01/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought this car when it was one year old with 13,000 miles in silver. It has so far had replacement front discs, a replacement engine at 35,000 miles, a replacement headlight (a poor design, easily damaged when replacing bulbs) and a section of exhaust (all under warranty) and I still think it's pretty good.

    It is now two years old, showing 53,000 miles. It does seem to eat tyres and brake pads (but that could be down to a slightly heavy right foot!).The auto box is not the best in the world and you can be caught out if you kick down and then ease off, resulting in a quite disconcerting bang.

    On the day of the fatal engine blow up (bits came through the top of the block!) Subaru assist arrived promptly and arranged a replacement (a Laguna after some haggling) which I had to drive for a month while waiting not for the engine, but for a bracket of some description (hand crafted on the thighs of a Japanese maiden?).

    The handling for a big estate is pretty good, and the equipment level is excellent when compared with the equivalent German marks. It seems to live in the garage, but I liked it so much I extended the warranty and will keep it for another two years at least. The dealer is generally good, except when they scratched it replacing a headlight.

    Overall, it's big, well equipped and thirsty, but it is four-wheel-drive, brilliant in grotty weather, and frankly not too run-of-the-mill.

  • 2.0R 5dr

    Richard Plant , Cheshire . Date: 25/11/2005
    • 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 bought the Subaru as a compromise between a 4x4 and a normal estate car. I also looked at the Mazda 6 AWD estate but they are like hens teeth and more costly than the Legacy.

    The handling is excellent and the cabin feels solid. I have run Audi's and VW's for the last 6 years and find the build quality comparable. It is a little quirky compared to the VAG cars, for example the frameless windows and thick rubber seals all over the place, but it adds to the novelty factor.

    The price is what attracted me away from Audi. I got an ex-demonstrator, less than 12 months old for £5K less than new price. The equivalent A4 Avant Quattro would have cost £7K more.

    My only complaint is the fuel consumption. I cannot get the claimed 36MPG average, and have only managed 30MPG on a 60 mile commute (mainly motorway).

  • 3.0R spec B 5dr

    Laurence James Date: 30/08/2005
    • 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 is a stunning car. I have owned my Spec B sports tourer for two months and am still totally amazed by its handling.

    This is a real driver's car but is practical to boot. This car can be driven comfortably or thrown around corners with incredible agility for an estate. My dog has started to complain a bit and, with a 0-60mph time of just under seven seconds, there's enough acceleration to give the brute a sore nose from accelerating away from the lights!

    The car eats corners and yet does all this with the grace of a luxury vehicle. Everything about it is silent, from the electric seats to the smooth engine and window mechanisms.

    Subaru has missed very few tricks and it has every conceivable extra, including DVD sat-nav as standard.

    Only a couple of minor gripes, and I'm really splitting hairs here, a couple more steering wheel-mounted audio controls to change the CD or radio preset would be nice.

    That said, I'm mostly grinning too much to notice the stereo is on the wrong station! Also, fuel economy above 20mpg would be nice, but then again maybe it wouldn't go as fast.

    This is a seriously sorted car, which I would own in preference to an equivalent Merc or Audi even if I had the spare change to upgrade!

  • 3.0R spec B 5dr

    Myles Winchester Date: 21/04/2005
    • 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

    I have test-driven this a car recently and it goes like a rocket. It's really well put together and has a very slick interior!

    It's great to see a car with such superb build quality and attention to detail. It sounds fantastic and looks great! It's much beeter than any Audi or Merc in its class in terms of looks and driving. Once you get into it it there is real sense of no frills just a great deal of thought!

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