2009 Subaru Legacy | new car review

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 by

The Legacy is a mid-sized sedan that has never really stood out.

This is not necessarily a bad thing – it’s considered by many to be a fine choice for those that want a comfortable, well-made car, with plenty of on-road performance, but that won’t attract attention. Whether such attributes are sought after in this region is a matter for a different debate, but the fact remains that the Legacy has a strong, er, legacy behind it.

First introduced in 1989, some 3.8 million Legacies had been sold worldwide as of the end of 2008. The current generation is the fourth and was launched in 2005. A all-new version is expected in 2010.
In keeping with its image, the design is handsome but unlikely to turn many heads. Take the time to look at it though, and it’s hard to find fault with.

2009 Subaru LegacyThe interior is understated, with a swathe of softly textured material across the dash. The centre stack, housing the stereo and climate control panels, is finished in a matte metallic look, with the stereo controls positioned above the climate control knobs.

There are three engines available in the Legacy in the region, all of which are boxer units. These are unusual and significant, firstly because of their aluminium construction, which helps reduce weight and increase performance, and secondly because the pistons are horizontally opposed to each other, countering each others vibrations and making for a much smooth performance.

The first version is the 2.0R, which houses a 2.0-litre with 150bhp, which is available in one standard trim. That comes with full power options, driver and front passenger airbags, climate control, cruise control and a six CD changer. It rides on 16-inch alloy wheels and also features front fog lamps and anti-lock brakes.
The 2.5i features a 2.5-litre unit making 170bhp. It’s available in two versions.

2009 Subaru LegacyThe mid-range option features 17-inch alloys and a power sunroof while the full option package adds darker-coloured alloys, paddle shifts for the four-speed automatic gearbox, high intensity headlamps and electronic brake distribution, which helps keep the car stable in the event of an emergency stop. The car also comes with leather interior trim, a steering wheel from Italian motorsport design house Momo with audio controls on it, and electric adjustment on the driver’s seat.



The top engine in the range is a 3.0-litre, six cylinder unit which makes 242bhp, attached to a five-speed automatic transmission. The 3.0R is only available in fully-loaded form, which means it comes packed with 17-inch alloys, full power options, vehicle dynamic control (or electronic stability control, as its also known) and front fog lamps.

2009 Subaru LegacyIT also comes with a power sunroof, keyless entry and engine start and leather upholstery. All the cars have full time four-wheel-drive. Stylish, comfortable, powerful and understated, the Legacy is just that little bit different from the rest of the field.


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Price Range (AED) 72,000–108,000


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