If previous customer satisfaction surveys are any guide, the latest Subaru Legacy will prove fairly painless to own – reliability is perhaps its strongest suit, hence its popularity as a working tow car.
Certainly, in terms of economy, the diesel is as painless to run as you’d reasonably ask; our 39.8mpg average over 500 relatively hard-driven miles is a very creditable result and not at all far from the official claimed average of 44.1mpg. That boxer diesel is clearly efficient and the gearing, while doing little for low-speed driveability, certainly boosts its frugality.
The 2.5 petrol with its CVT box claims an average of 33.6, although in reality we’d hope for something in the high 20s. The 2.0-litre manual actually fares even worse, with a claimed average of 32.8mpg.
Clearly the diesel is the choice for company car buyers, thanks to its relatively decent CO2 figures for a car of this size and with a four-wheel drive powertrain. The Subaru’s figures are on a par with the four-wheel drive Skoda Superb Estate.
Subaru has always been generous with its standard kit list. Although you miss out on some of the higher tech stuff you can get on options lists, every model gets climate control and alloys, while SE and above get Xenon lights, leather seats and aluminium pedals.
High depreciation is a fact of life for any car in this class, but the Legacy’s failings don't unduly harm its value in the longer term. If this car proves as durable as previous Legacies, the versatility afforded by its four-wheel drive system will cause it to retain significant appeal.