2015 Subaru Legacy | New Car Review

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 by
2015 Subaru Legacy
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AEDAED 78,000 - 110,000
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 85%
  • Interior
    Editor: 75%
  • Quality
    Editor: 80%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 80%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 85%

Review Summary:

The Legacy hasn't quite captured the UAE market the way it should have. However, those who have been acquainted with the Japanese sedan in the past, know it offers the ideal blend of sportiness and luxury; something it continues to do well in its sixth generation.

Pros

* It looks the best it ever has.
* Beats its rivals as far as safety features are concerned.

Cons

* Lacks a GT variant in the lineup.

Looks

Twenty six years after the very first Legacy was brought to life, the sixth generation model makes its debut. Having grown up, matured, and spent a fair bit of time understanding the workings of adulthood, it’s traded its butch styling for a sleeker and more elegant appearance. Bold creases along the hood funnel down to the large hexagonal grille and run parallel to the tapered, angular headlamps. With prominent contours along the length of the vehicle and a neat set of tail lamps to accompany, the Legacy is the most striking it’s ever been.

2015 Subaru Legacy front

Feels

Retaining the overall aura of the previous generation model, the boffins have spruced up the cabin to keep up with the times, and introduced a sizeable central display screen, a set of capacitive touch switches, and a host of features that can be accessed from the steering wheel itself.

2015 Subaru Legacy interior

Engineering

Safety hasn’t been shown the back seat in the 2015 Legacy and that’s evident straight off the bat. In addition to eight airbags (standard equipment), the Japanese sedan welcomes an adaptive cruise control system, blind spot monitoring, electronic brake force distribution, and lane keeping assist as well.

2015 Subaru Legacy side

What’s on offer?

On the performance front, the Legacy houses either a 2.5 litre 4-cylinder engine, or a 3.6 litre 6-cylinder under its hood. While the former whips out 175 horsepower at 5,800 RPM and 236 Nm of torque at 4,000 RPM, the latter churns out more impressive 256 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 335 Nm of torque at 4,400 RPM. Sadly, both engines get mated to a Lineartronic CVT transmission, but there is some excitement to be found with a manual mode and paddle shifters.

2015 Subaru Legacy rear

Summing it…

From the previous generation model, the Legacy’s undoubtedly got a performance push, and as slight as it may be, the bigger issue resides in the absence of a GT variant. You could pop into the Mazda showroom and develop a fancy for the Mazda 6, or hop across the street and decide on the prosaic Toyota Camry, and those would be viable alternatives. If there had been a 2015 Legacy GT though, then that’d be a whole different story!

2015 Subaru Legacy headlight.

Specifications

Specifications2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5L2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6L
Engine/ Cylinders2.5 litre / 4-cyl3.6 litre / 6-cyl
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
175 hp @ 5,800 RPM256 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
236 Nm @ 4,000 RPM335 Nm @ 4,400 RPM
TranmissionCVTCVT
DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h8.8 secs7.1 secs
Top speed209 km/h224 km/h
PriceAED 78,000AED 110,000

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