The legacy is a progression car. You will likely progress into it from driving, perhaps, an Impreza or Forester. 1st things 1st. The Legacy is a big spacious car, so it’s perfect for the new family man who may need more space for things like luggage and perhaps a pram or baby seat.
From the outside, the Legacy, compared to the likes of the WRX, is understated. It’s not a flashy, look-at-me sort of car, yet it does appear that it wants you to know you aren’t dead inside, with its single tip dual tailpipes, 18” alloys and sportier-than-your-average mid-sized sedan front end. The interior is distinctively Japanese and there are no funny waterfall centre consoles or anything remotely resembling current trends in dash layouts whatsoever. They have kept it plain and simple with an easy to use infotainment system, with navigation and on-board computers. Everything is where you would look for it.
The engine, which is also found in the 3.6 Outback, is the Boxer 6 making a lovely 191kw and 350nm. This is mated to an 8 speed Lineartronic CVT gearbox with paddle shift and Subaru’s Intelligent mode (SI-Drive) featuring 3 driving modes, Intelligent, Sport and Sport Sharp. The engine does feel a little bit more responsive in the Legacy and I think it’s mainly due to the stiffer suspension and less body roll. It is however down on power when compared with other V6’s in this segment. 0-100 comes up in just over 7 seconds and will run on to a speed limiter of 250kph. The fuel tank is 60 liters and while you won’t expect any real economy figures from this gigantic lump, its actually pretty frugal considering its size. At highway speeds it’s not uncommon to see mid 8l/100km, but mistreat the accelerator and it will jump up to around mid 10’s and sometimes even a tad more.
The interior space is pretty impressive both in the front and at the rear. Even with the seats fully adjusted to the back, there is still ample room for mostly anybody, even a 2m tall rugby player. The front seats are both powered and heated. The multimedia is a Harmon Kardon 12 speaker setup which is also found in the Outback 3.6. If you know Subaru, you will be really impressed because they have never made multimedia their strong suit and it’s really refreshing that they have chosen to go down this route…finally.
The Legacy is also has a 5 star ANCAP and has all the safety bells and whistles including Stability control, Anti-lock braking, Brake Assist, Traction control, Active torque vectoring and Hill hold assist. There are dual front, dual front side and curtain airbags as well as a knee airbag.
I found the Legacy a real solid value for money sedan. Its spacious, has a decent interior spec with great multimedia, offers great road holding (due to the symmetrical all-wheel drive) and it’s very comfortable on the open road. Let’s be honest here… there is nothing more you really need in a car.
The Legacy 3.6R-S retails for R529 000 and comes standard with Subaru’s Maintenance plan and warranty. For more info, check out Subaru.co.za