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SUBARU’S Levorg GT is the spir­i­tual suc­ces­sor of the Legacy tourer, the much loved and long-legged for­mer flag­ship es­tate of the Ja­panese man­u­fac­turer’s range. Levorg is an en­tirely new model devel­op­ing more power from a smaller, meaner tur­bocharged flat-four engine. Subaru have con­sis­tently out­sold Volk­swa­gen Audi and BMW com­bined in the Amer­i­can mar­ket and with Levorg have main­tained faith in the Brand’s unique de­sign DNA – sym­met­ri­cal All Wheel drive linked to a lowslung Boxer power plant.

Sit­ting just be­low the highly ca­pa­ble Out­back es­tate in their range, all-new Levorg GT is the lat­est ex­am­ple of Subaru’s ac­claimed engi­neer­ing at its finest. The sleek, lowslung, five door es­tate body swal­lows five adults and their lug­gage with ease. The cav­ernous leather-trimmed in­te­rior and high- end feel cabin bris­tles with all imag­in­able driver and safety aids as stan­dard that be­fits a cut­ting- edge Grand Tourer with a 5 star NCAP safety rat­ing.

Blind spot de­tec­tion alerts the driver to traf­fic ap­proach­ing from right-an­gles when re­vers­ing, dur­ing over­takes, or lane sway. Subaru’s highly re­spected Lin­eartronic gear­box is a sub­stan­tial stan­dard fea­ture on Levorg. It’s step­less, eco­nom­i­cal, highly re­li­able and de­light­ful to drive. It purrs along coun­try lanes, and ef­fort­lessly whizzes the Levorg at pace when chas­ing dead­lines. There is no man­ual op­tion - there is no call for spu­ri­ous driver ef­fort with­out ad­di­tional gain. Think of this as a high- end cam­era - best left on au­to­matic for per­fect pic­tures.

Levorg has al­ready proven it­self in Subaru’s maiden year in the hotly con­tested Bri­tish Tour­ing Cars Cham­pi­onship race se­ries. Team lead driver is Co Down’s two time BTCC cham­pion Colin Turk­ing­ton (with three Levorg wins un­der his belt). Subaru team mate Ja­son Plato notched up his first Levorg win at the most re­cent Round. Rac­ing de­fines and re­fines the breed, and is a con­fi­dent state­ment by Subaru of the Brand’s re­li­a­bil­ity and com­pet­i­tive­ness.

Han­dling is im­pec­ca­ble. Levorg holds its line in all con­di­tions. Deep pud­dles are of more con­cern on North­ern Ire­land’s roads than ice and snow, and the Subaru sim­ply shrugs off stand­ing wa­ter where the com­pe­ti­tion search for trac­tion. Levorg in­stills con­fi­dence, with no baf­fling switches or levers to de­tract the serious driver.

Levorg is quiet and so­phis­ti­cated, re­spon­sive and sat­is­fy­ing. World­wide it is highly sought af­ter, and typ­i­cally North­ern Ire­land cus­tomers will wait 4 to 6 weeks for their colour of choice from the dealers here (East­wood Mo­tors Lis­burn, Western Cars En­niskillen and Gormley Mo­tors Dun­gan­non). Buy­ers be­fore the end of Septem­ber get three years free ser­vic­ing which com­bined with five years war­ranty is great peace of mind. And buy­ers will also en­joy the tremen­dously strong Subaru resid­ual val­ues that come with cars in de­mand.

If you like un­der­stated ele­gance on the ex­te­rior, yet may oc­ca­sion­ally re­lease your in­ner wolf from its sheep’s cloth­ing, check this fine car out. See more at www.subaru.co.uk or sim­ply call in to your lo­cal specialists. Be sure to tell them the Tele­graph sent you – if you drive one you’ll buy one. That is af­ter all what de­fines ev­ery Subaru!

The Subaru Levorg GT

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