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.
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.