When we say the Levorg feels mostly like a Subaru, we’re acknowledging long-established Subaru handling traits as both a compliment and a criticism.
Let’s get the criticism out of the way first, because it’s no big deal: on some poor surfaces, the ride is a little edgy – less isolated and noisier than that of, say, a Skoda Superb. That’s it.
And there are many advantages to the way the Subaru-ish Levorg is set up, with its permanent four-wheel drive system making for good traction, while even at 1590kg it has a strong sense of agility. There’s plenty of grip, too, from what are modest-sized 225/45 tyres on 18in wheels.
Those who live out in the country and like their Subarus to feel like Subarus, in other words, will mostly like what they find: a secure, stable-handling and moderately able estate.
Where the Levorg departs from the Subaru norm, though, it becomes a less convincing proposition. Owners familiar with the way that Legacys, Foresters and Imprezas steer will find nothing in the Levorg’s electric power steering to remind them of the engaging rim of their older car.
At 2.8 turns from lock to lock, the Levorg’s rack is brisk enough and well weighted, but there’s little indication of what the front wheels are up to.