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Subaru Legacy 2.0 R

Broadcast dates : 11th December 2005
17th December 2005

The Subaru Legacy has a very distinctive look. It has none of the chunkiness of the Impreza, but employs a much more exaggerated wedge profile.

The new headlights with their combination of square and round elements in a single cluster are extremely attractive.

So are the bold new tail-lights, the very strong profile with its deep-skirted design and the no-nonsense round wheel arches housing crisp five-spoke alloy wheels.

These hint at sportiness without being overtly aggressive. Itís an appropriate image for a classy two-litre sedan.

Like every other Subaru launched in this country, the two-litre Legacy employs a boxer, or horizontally opposed engine design.

This means that the banks of cylinders are opposite each other, in the same manner as a Porsche or an old Volkswagen Beetle.

Itís a layout that offers various packaging benefits, especially when combined with Subaruís trademark symmetrical, all-wheel-drive system.

Talking of packaging, we like what has been happening to Subaru interiors over the past few years.

Still very conservative, thereís been a definite up-grade in the plastics used in the cabin. And the styling of switchgear and instrumentation has also moved up a notch, without in any way being ostentatious.

Although the two-litre Legacy is pitched as an entry-level model, Subaru has come to known as a fairly expensive marque in our market

Hence leather, electric windows, air-con and good-quality audio are standard, as they should be for a car costing R227 000.

The slight off-beat grumble gives a Subaru its charm. But in other dynamic areas, Hendrik also had some criticism.

Itís a pity about that lack of communication in a critical area of a carís make up. Because, steering-feel or not, the four-wheel-drive Legacy offers plenty of road grip.

Performance is strong once you get it wound up. A maximum power delivery of

A 121 kilowatts is impressive for a naturally-aspirated two-litre car. But at Highveld altitude, low down grunt suffers because of the fairly high torque peak.

As for price, itís a very pleasing, different package, and reasonable value at R227000.

Subaru Legacy 2.0 R
  • Engine: Four-cylinder petrol, 1 994 cc
  • Power: 121 kW@ 6 800 rpm
  • Torque: 187 Nm @ 3200 rpm
  • Transmission: Five-speed
  • 0-100 km/h: 9,5 seconds
  • Top speed: 214 km/h
  • Fuel consumption: 9,1 litres/100km
  • Price: R227 000


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