2007 Subaru legacy | new car review

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 by

The brand is quite strong in some Middle Eastern countries like Oman, Lebanon and Syria while still struggling to make its presence felt in other countries. The Legacy was given the once over last year and for the 2007MY, the Legacy carries on in much the same vein.

With the redesign, the Legacy looks much sleeker and more contemporary. The lower corners of the grille have been tucked inward, yielding an elongated, more elegant hexagonal shape. Bold, projector-type headlights dominate sculpted openings, which also house the turn indicators and running lights. Small, intense fog-lamps bracket a wide air intake moulded into the lower fascia below the front bumper. Rounder sides give the body a fuller-looking shape.

The interior is quieter, less busy, with more expanse of unbroken, softly textured dash. The centre stack, housing the stereo and climate control panels, is finished in a rich, matte metallic look, with the stereo controls properly positioned above the climate control knobs. The large, round, easy-to-read speedometer and tachometer are braced by fuel and water temperature gauges. The steering wheel rim is thick and contoured for comfortable and confident grip at the recommended 9-and-3 o’clock positions. The SportShift gate is where it should be, towards the driver.

The Legacy is still the only mid-size car under AED 75,000 that comes standard with the all-wheel drive system. While there’s no shortage of SUVs, trucks, and luxury cars available with all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive systems, mid-size family cars have temporarily abandoned this traction-enhancing technology.

The Legacy is unique in another way too: it’s the only mid-sized car in its price range with a horizontally-opposed four cylinder engine mounted longitudinally in the engine bay. Most non-luxury cars nowadays have transversely mounted engines and transaxles, even those that feature all-wheel drive. The advantage of the Legacy’s longitudinal ‘boxer’ engine and drivetrain is a lower centre of gravity, a more even lateral weight distribution, and fewer driveline vibrations. All this contributes to driving dynamics that put a smile on the face of the driver. Sadly though, this fact is lost on most buyers of mid-size cars as Subaru is really not on many people’s radar when shopping for a car of this size.

 

 

For , the Legacy comes in sedan and wagon body styles with variations of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive as a standard feature. The sedan comes in two versions – the 2.0-litre R (1994cc) and the 3.0-litre R (3000cc) – with the former employing either a manual or an automatic gearbox (with a SportShift for automatic drive). The 3.0-litre R comes with automatic transmission only with a SportShift.

Body TypeSedan/Stationwagon
Price (in AED)71,500-107,000
Engine (litre)2.03.0
Power (bhp)165250
Torque (Nm)184297
Transmission4A5A

Also look at: Volvo s40, Honda Accord, Volkswagen Passat

 

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