Used Subaru Legacy Saloon 1998 - 2003 review

Category: Family car

Section: What is it like?

1998 - 2003 review
Subaru Legacy Saloon (98 - 03)
  • Subaru Legacy Saloon (98 - 03)
  • Subaru Legacy Saloon (98 - 03)
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What's the used Subaru Legacy saloon like?

Mainly, the Legacy is quick and quiet. Both of the car's engines perform well, and sound throaty when you rev them, but settle to a whisper when you back off the throttle. However, you will suffer some noise from the top of the windscreen and some road noise.

It's a good car to drive, too. The 4WD Legacy hangs on well through bends, and keeps body lean well in check. Its softly sprung suspension also allows it to smother all manner of bumps well. The only concern is that the over-light steering, while precise enough, lacks a meaty feel.

Inside, it's spacious, with enough room to carry three adults across the rear bench. The boot is an acceptable size, too.

What lets the Legacy's cabin down is its dull design and uncomfortable driver's seat. Part of the problem is a lack of adjustability - the seat only has a tilting base rather than full height adjustment, and the steering wheel only adjusts for height.