PRICE A $42,990 starting price makes the Levorg GT about $4000 dearer than a Skoda Octavia RS, which is its obvious direct competitor. The Levorg GT-S climbs to $48,890 courtesy of a bigger and better infotainment setup, better suspension and leather/alcantara upholstery. The GT-S Spec B is essentially an STI-badged dress-up kit that pushes the price to $52,890 as Subaru chases entry level prestige wagon buyers. TECHNOLOGY All Levorgs have the latest version of the EyeSight active driver aids, which uses stereo cameras to monitor the road ahead. Independent tests overseas show it is one of the most effective on the market. The GT-S variants add blindspot detection, lane-change and rear cross-traffic alerts. PERFORMANCE The WRX engine hauls a bigger body, which drops its 0-100km/h sprint claim from 6.3 seconds to 6.6 sec. Fuel consumption is marginally up at 8.7L/100km. The mid-range response from the turbo engine — maximum torque kicks in at 2400rpm — makes it a willing workhorse on the road, with the CVT doing a commendable job of keeping it in the optimum rev range. DRIVING The GT is good but the Bilstein-bolstered suspension on the GT-S is better at both suppressing bumps and stopping the inside front wheel from tucking in during hard cornering. Torque vectoring brakes that same wheel to improve its cornering prowess, backed by all-wheel drive grip. The steering is sharp with plenty of feedback and the Subie sits on the road well, without matching an STI’s pancake-flat ride. DESIGN Beyond the bonnet scoop there is little overtly aggressive about the regular Levorgs. The Spec B adds a liberal helping of STI-branded body parts: front and rear spoilers, side skirts, black alloy wheels, transmission shift knob and red start button. The seats feel well-padded but it will take a longer drive to know how you cope with hours in the car. I’d also like a padded rest for the driver’s knee: cornering forces are hard enough to warrant one.