Subaru Legacy Sedan GT 2.5 Review
Growing Up

Story by Raymond Lai Photos by Yang and Raymond Lai
30 Oct 2009

With the latest generation model, the Legacy GT seems to have grown more matured and sophisticated. Will its new found sophistication lead to a less exciting drive?

Continuing the Legacy

Ever since the first generation model rolled out 20 years ago, there’s always been a turbocharged Legacy model. Remember the Legacy RS from the early 1990s? It was the ultimate sleeper performance saloon even though it competed in the World Rally Championship during the weekends before the Impreza was conceived.

While the Impreza WRX won rallies and championships for Subaru and became the brand’s halo model, the turbocharged Legacy soldiered on over its next few iterations as a big brother to the WRX and catered to those who prefer something more practical and a tad more sedated than the hyper WRX and its STI cousin.

The recent launch of the fifth generation Legacy means the introduction of a new turbocharged GT variant. Like previously, the GT is available in both four-door sedan and Wagon body styles. While the Wagon is preferred by lifestyle types, the sedan is the choice for the family man who is in a hurry more often than not.

Dimensionally, the new sedan is longer, taller and wider than the old car. The overall styling of the car is an evolution of the old model’s even though the Subaru designers tried to add some spice into the looks with the new shapely headlamps with intricate details on the lenses and the blistered wheel arches. The rear is a tad ubiquitous though thanks to the unimaginative tail lamp design that seem to mimic Toyota/Lexus models.

The new four-door Legacy is not exactly a pretty car overall – a Mazda6 looks more dynamic and sporty looking while the Honda Accord looks more elegant, but at least it is not as ungainly looking as some of Subaru’s recent efforts.

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Engine Capacity 2457cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Flat 4
Power 265bhp @ 5600rpm
Torque 350Nm @ 2700rpm
Power to Weight 175.5 bhp per ton


Acceleration 6.2s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 245 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 9.4 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 5 -speed Auto
Drive Type F4


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4730 x 1780 x 1505) mm
Wheelbase 2750 mm
Kerb Weight 1510 kg


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs