Saturday, 23 June 2018

An ethereal sense of wellbeing

THERE is a point where comfort and cosiness transcend any other thoughts one might have while driving a particular car.

THERE is a point where comfort and cosiness transcend any other thoughts one might have while driving a particular car.

The Subaru Legacy I have just experienced on test fell easily into my own particular comfort zone. Its deep leather seats and ease of travel contributed to an almost ethereal sense of wellbeing and laid-back contentment.

Of course, Subaru also prides itself with performance and the Legacy 2.0D SE Nav Plus I was driving was no slouch when it came to zipping off the mark and motorway and major road driving. It vaulted along, eating up the miles with consummate ease.

This five-door, five-seater estate, with all-steel unitary construction bodyshell, sports a horizontally-opposed diesel engine driving front and rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. There is also something called Symmetrical AWD with centre differential coupled to viscous LSD.

Which in layman’s terms adds up to a good driver’s car (plus the added attraction of feeling extraordinarily comfortable at the wheel).

Standard equipment includes: roof spoiler, body-coloured bumpers, electrically-folding door mirrors, mirrors with integrated LED indicators, UV-protected front and rear windows, high intensity discharge headlights, 18in alloy wheels and sports grille and front bumper.

There may be a touch of old-fashioned values in all this: Subaru is very much an individual marque that seems to revel in the fact that it is different from other cars.Vive la difference, I say.

On the evidence of this Graphite Grey Legacy with the luxurious black leather interior, I shall always look forward to driving the car in future.





Subaru Legacy 2.0D SE Nav Plus

Top speed 120 mph

0 to 62mph in 9.6 seconds

Fuel economy

Urban cycle 38.7mpg

Extra urban cycle 54.3mpg

Combined cycle 47.9mpg

CO2 emissions 156g/km

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