Subaru UK only sells the current, sixth-generation Legacy in the guise of the jacked-up Outback crossover estate, making the context into which the Levorg slots more murky for British buyers than it will be for others.
Not just for the record, then, the Levorg is about six inches shorter at the kerb than its bigger brother but is alleged to offer greater passenger space than the fifth-generation Legacy, as well as a 522-litre load bay, rising to almost 1500 litres with the back seats folded.
The car’s swept-back silhouette, tapering roofline, rising beltline, muscular surfacing and imposing details are all clearly intended to conjure the visual impact of a sports car from the outline of a five-door estate.
But they seem to do that only moderately successfully in our testers’ eyes, leaving the Levorg in a place where it can more accurately (and perhaps charitably) be described as distinctive rather than attractive.
Underneath the divisive styling is an all-steel body-in-white which is identical to that of the WRX hot hatchback from the B-pillars forwards and new from there aft, while being 50 percent more rigid than that of a Legacy.