This smart-looking family car with standard four-wheel drive and strong performance is a lot of car for the money. It drives well, the cabin is classy and the diesel is refined
The running costs are high, while the driving position and gearboxes could be better, and the centre console is tricky to read at a glance
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Subaru Legacy Saloon performance
The 2.0 and 2.5-litre engines are impressive, offering strong performance and plenty of low-down pull. You'll want the bigger capacity car if you want to add an auto 'box but in manual form stick to the entry-level engine, which is free-revving and an eager overtaker without undue stress.
Subaru Legacy Saloon ride & handling
The Legacy hangs on well through bends and keeps body lean well in check. Its softly sprung set-up also allows it to smother all manners of bumps well, without the penalty of feeling floaty over fast crests and dips. The only concern is that the over-light steering, while precise enough, lacks a meaty feel.
Subaru Legacy Saloon refinement
Both engines sound throaty under full throttle acceleration but all of them only whisper when you've backed off the throttle, in normal conditions. You will suffer wind rustling from the top of the windscreen though and drivers have to endure some road noise - though it's a quieter cruiser than the estate.