Subaru Levorg review

Category: Estate car

Section: Performance & drive

Subaru Levorg 2019 RHD right rear cornering
  • Subaru Levorg 2019 RHD left front cornering
  • Subaru Levorg 2019 RHD right rear cornering
  • Subaru Levorg 2019 RHD dashboard
  • Subaru Levorg 2019 RHD rear seats
  • Subaru Levorg 2019 RHD infotainment
  • Subaru Levorg 2019 RHD front right panning
  • Subaru Levorg 2019 RHD side right panning
  • Subaru Levorg 2019 RHD left rear tracking
  • Subaru Levorg 2019 RHD left front cornering
  • Subaru Levorg 2019 RHD right rear cornering
  • Subaru Levorg 2019 RHD dashboard
  • Subaru Levorg 2019 RHD rear seats
  • Subaru Levorg 2019 RHD infotainment
  • Subaru Levorg 2019 RHD front right panning
  • Subaru Levorg 2019 RHD side right panning
  • Subaru Levorg 2019 RHD left rear tracking
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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

The Levorg’s 2.0-litre petrol engine makes 147bhp – not particularly powerful for a family estate car. The lack of a turbocharger exacerbates this shortage, because it means you need to rev the engine very hard if you want to overtake or dart into a traffic opening. Despite the traction of the Levorg’s four-wheel-drive system, the 0-62mph sprint takes about 9 seconds, which is nothing impressive.

Part of the problem is its CVT gearbox. As is often the case with a Continually Variable Transmission (these use a single gear that changes in ratio according to engine power output), it never responds crisply to demands for acceleration and feels quite lazy as a result. There’s a manual mode that creates “virtual“ gears, but even then the shifts are inconsistent in their speed and have a certain elasticity. Engine noise is also a big annoyance; plant your foot and the revs are sent soaring for an uncomfortably long time while the gearbox works out what to do.