In Japan and America, Subaru’s Legacy is not only a brand leader, but a sales success. Meanwhile, here, even enthusiasts struggle when confronted with the Legacy name, with vague notions of a rare, if fine- handling car, usually seen in estate form.
This Legacy is all new, and in 3.0R guise, matches a six-cylinder boxer engine developing 241bhp to a five-speed auto ’box with Tiptronic function. Available in either saloon or estate bodystyles (a ‘crossover’ Outback will also be available), it goes on sale in November at an estimated £25,000-£26,000.
Previously, saloons have only taken 15 per cent of Legacy sales, but Subaru is looking to double that figure with this latest incarnation.
On the road, it feels solid, both in terms of structural stiffness and in the even weighting of its controls. The steering, reassuringly weighty around the straight-ahead, lightens up at speed but communicates well through the slim Momo rim.
There’s little roll and plenty of grip, and the Legacy makes rapid, fuss-free progress with the usual excellent ride, which is firmly controlled but absorbent, although this was judged on smooth roads.
Equal-length manifolds mean the boxer six is robbed of its famous warble, but it’s impressively smooth and revs freely to the red line.