The Levorg line-up could hardly be easier to understand. Only one model is available: the GT, although overseas markets will have access to Subaru’s 292bhp 2.0-litre variant.

It’s therefore adequately equipped (keyless entry and start, heated leather front seats, sat-nav, 18in alloys and automatic wipers are all standard) but hardly modestly priced.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

Road tester
Novelty appeal should keep values high for a while, but after that the performance will be less strong

A recent price increase has also put the Levorg at the level where, for £1780 less than its on-the-road price, Ford would sell you a top-spec Ford Focus ST3 Estate – a car that manages to produce vastly more power (247bhp) than the Subaru while simultaneously emitting 5g/km less CO2.

Predictably, then, the four-wheel-drive Levorg doesn’t compare any more favourably with Ford’s equivalent engine. The automatic version of its 148bhp 1.5-litre Ecoboost unit in the regular Focus Estate (costing £27,735 for a top-spec Titanium X model) is almost as quick while capable of a claimed 50.4mpg combined – in some contrast to the 1.6-litre boxer’s official 39.8mpg.

True MPG testing reduced the Levorg’s figure to 34.1mpg, meaning running costs are hardly exemplary.

The car’s predicted resistance to stone-like depreciation will come as a welcome surprise to prospective buyers, but its proximity to the used values of its major rivals three years out is presumably based on the assumption that the Levorg is going to remain a little-seen option in the UK. 

Save money on your car insurance

Compare quotesCompare insurance quotes

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Hyundai Nexo 2019 first drive review hero front
    First Drive
    13 July 2018
    Designed from the outset to use a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain, this front-driven crossover provides a taste of the future today
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class 2018 road test review hero front
    Car review
    13 July 2018
    This new version is the most luxurious A-Class yet, but has Mercedes made it a class leader?
  • Honda CR-V 2018 first drive review hero front
    First Drive
    13 July 2018
    For its fourth-generation, the Honda CR-V grows in size and now offers a choice of five or seven seats, but slims down in terms of engine choices
  • Volkswagen Arteon 1.5 EVO 2018 UK review hero front
    First Drive
    13 July 2018
    Entry-level fastback doesn’t do enough to make the Arteon any more competitive in an already-tough class
  • BMW i8 Coupe 2018 UK first drive review hero front
    First Drive
    13 July 2018
    BMW's flagship i car has received a facelift for 2018. How does it compare to offerings from Porsche?