The 2018 Subaru Levorg (inspired by Legacy evolution touring) is more aptly referred to as a sportswagon, especially if enjoyed in the STI Sport variant. Whether you opt for the direct injection, turbocharged horizontally-opposed Boxer engine in 1.6-litre or 2.0-litre offerings, the Levorg is jam-packed with a host of sophisticated technological innovations to deliver a premier driving experience every day of the year.
Everything You'd Expect in a Subaru
The five-door, five-seat Levorg sportswagon comes with all the goodies you'd expect in a Subaru, including the company's famous Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) and the corporation's propriety Eyesight Driver Assist Technology, which offers a multitude of safety features (more on that later). Visually, the Levorg has clearly evolved from the WRX wagon, with minimal deviation, such as the curved rear-end and large overhangs between the wheels and outer edge of the bumpers. It also sits a bit lower than the WRX wagon, but its modern, no-nonsense design clearly marks this vehicle as a Subaru.
Safety and Luxury
The 2018 Levorg 1.6 GT base model delivers a potent 125kW of power at 4800 rpm and 250Nm of torque from 1800rpm. It comes equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless push-start ignition, self-leveling LED headlights with auto-off, dual-zone climate control, cloth seats, a 6.5-inch CD touchscreen and integrated infotainment system. Subaru’s EyeSight safety technology, which includes impressive features such as Pre-Collision Braking, Pre-Collision Brake Assist, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, ensures a 5-star ANCAP safety rating. Consumers will have the option to step things up in the 1.6 GT Premium model, which adds 18-inch alloy wheels, electric driver's seat, sports seats with warmers, leather trim and blue stitching, an electric sunroof, Bilstein suspension, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, two additional USB ports and a larger 7.0-inch infotainment system with satnav. Furthermore, the Premium model comes with an additional layer of safety protection (known as vision assist), which provides Blind Spot Monitoring; Rear-Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Autonomous Emergency Braking.
Perfect For The Track or a Road Trip
The Levorg 2.0 GT-S AWD comes with all the cutting-edge components offered in the 1.6 GT Premium, with bolstered black-accented wheels and a Sport mode for the drive mode system. Most importantly, the 2.0-litre turbocharged boxer engine boasts significantly heightened performance, packing a weighty 197kW of power and 350Nm of torque. Finally, for the true sports enthusiast, the Levorg 2.0 STI Sport sits at the top of the totem pole, with a revamped front bumper and grille, STI exhaust tips, Bilstein shocks and sports seats with maroon leather trim and red stitching.
Fuel Efficient and Clever Design
The Levorg is a practical vehicle that still packs a punch, as demonstrated by its unpretentious interior, with a boot space capacity of 486 litres with the seats up. The cabin feels roomy and airy, and the driver's seat is unmistakably clear with well-laid out, accessible controls. ISOFIX child seat mounts for the outside rear seats make the 2018 Levorg a good option for family trips. All variants of the 2018 Levorg include a new 40/20/40 split-holding rear seat as well as adaptive headlights which sync with the driver's steering inputs. Subaru predicts fuel consumption of 8.7 litres per 100 km for the 2.0-litre models, while the 1.6-litre is understandably more efficient at 7.4 litres per 100 km.
Not Your Average Station Wagon
Last but not least, the 2018 Levorg sits on the highly-lauded Subaru Global Platform, which promises increased structural rigidity, boosted suspension and steering as well as a lower centre of gravity. It's a responsive, sporty yet economical vehicle that is sure to turn heads -- and corners.