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

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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. 

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