30 September 2018 · Article

2018 Subaru Levorg Is Not Your Dad's Station Wagon

With reduced entry pricing and a fresh 1.6-litre turbocharged engine that sits on the new state-of-the-art Subaru Global Platform, the 2018 Levorg proves there's no better time to jump on the wagon.

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.