Used Subaru Legacy Saloon 1998 - 2003 review

Category: Family car

Section: Our recommendations

1998 - 2003 review
Subaru Legacy Saloon (98 - 03)
  • Subaru Legacy Saloon (98 - 03)
  • Subaru Legacy Saloon (98 - 03)
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Which used Subaru Legacy saloon should I buy?

The Mk III Legacy was introduced in October 1998, initially in 2.5 GX estate and 2.5 Outback guise only. It wasn't until April 1999 that the 2.5 GX saloon was launched. Six months later, the 2.0 GL saloon and estate joined it, so there are two petrol engines to choose from - the 2.0- and 2.5-litre.

Both motors are impressive, with strong performance and plenty of low-down pull. You'll need the bigger capacity car if you want an auto 'box, but in manual form stick to the entry-level powerplant, which is free-revving and an eager overtaker.

Whatever model you plump for, all get the same level of standard safety and security kit. That means anti-lock brakes and twin front and side airbags. A CD player and remote central locking are also standard, but air-con didn't become so until 2001. The Lux pack was introduced at the same time, which included leather trim.