comfortably. A couple of USB charge ports are provided, plus two Isofix restraint anchors and three tether strap anchors on the seat back. Ride comfort, though hardly plush, is tolerable in town. In the Spec B, compliance improves as speed increases — if it’s too rugged for you, you’ll find the GT more forgiving. Push the Sport or Sport Sharp mode buttons on the wheel and Levorg lights up as the ECU primes the engine with more revs, adds responsiveness to the accelerator and, in the latter mode, fixes eight defined shift points into the CVT.
The solid 350Nm of torque is available from 2500rpm5200rpm, so when you pop the question at any speed the Levorg takes off with that signature intoxicating Rex rush.
Subaru claims 0-100km/h in 6.6 seconds, which seat of the pants says is pretty right. Most SUVs won’t see which way you went.
The CVT is as impressive in go-fast mode as it is in town — it reads your right foot more intuitively than most automatics and you’re never caught in the wrong gear. There can be a moment’s delay in hooking up when accelerating out of slow corners, where the paddles are more effective.
At 100km/h in cruise mode, you’ll get 7-8L/100km.
On a tight, twisting road the Spec B is planted, agile and flows beautifully through strings of corners, where you can get on the gas as hard as you like, confident that all-wheel drive, active torque vectoring and sticky (and noisy) Dunlop Sport Maxx tyres will keep the power coming and the car glued to the bitumen.
However, the Levorg also has a few characteristic WRX flaws. The steering, though accurate, is inconsistently weighted and not particularly communicative, while brakes are underdone for a performance machine.
The longitudinally mounted boxer engine hangs forward of the axle line, so under pressure the car can feel nose heavy and the Spec B’s Bilsteins can’t prevent some pitch and bounce on large bumps.
Major hits can also cause the front suspension to bottom out with a bang. You have to be SUBARU LEVORG 2.0GT-S SPEC B PRICE $52,890 WARRANTY 3 years/unlimited km CAPPED SERVICING $2255 over 75,000km SERVICE INTERVAL 6 months/12,500km SAFETY 5 stars ENGINE 2.0-litre 4-cyl turbo; 197kW/350Nm TRANSMISSION CVT; AWD THIRST 8.7L/100km DIMENSIONS 4690mm (L), 1780mm (W), 1490mm (H), 2650mm (WB) closing in on Levorg’s far reaching dynamic limits for these issues to arise, though. As a safe, versatile, high-quality family wagon that’s also a delight to drive, the Levorg is more engaging and capable than any comparably sized or priced SUV. It is, after all, a WRX.