Subaru launches first diesel engine

  • Legacy Sports Tourer and Outback diesels
  • On sale in February from 19,995
  • Saloons to get diesel option later this year
Words By Jim Holder

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Subaru's first diesel-powered cars will go on sale from February.

The Subaru Legacy Sports Tourer and Outback estates will be available with a 147bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine and cost from 19,995.

In the Legacy Sports Tourer, the engine gives the car a 126mph top speed and a 0-60mph time of 8.5sec. In addition, it will return 49.6mpg and emit 151g/km of carbon dioxide.

The Legacy Outback has a top speed of 124mph and a 0-60mph time of 8.8sec. It records 48.7mpg and emits 153g/km.

The cars' gearbox and air-conditioning systems have been modified to accommodate the diesel's greater pulling power, while diesel models will be recognisable by a small air-intake in the bonnet.

Saloon models will be offered with the engine later this year.