Subaru Legacy Wagon 2.0i Review
Real Estate

Story and photos by Raymond Lai
19 Nov 2009
 

The new Legacy Wagon is right up your alley if load lugging is your thing.

Subaru Legacy Wagon 2.0i

Station wagons can generally be separated into two kinds – the lifestyle type and the practical workhorse. The former sacrifices in space and practicality for looks and style while the latter is conceived to haul cargo. The Subaru Legacy Wagon falls in the latter category even though the turbocharged GT was more popular with go-faster family men than practical ones.

Subaru has just introduced a new generation Legacy Wagon to widen the appeal of the range. In addition to the familiar 2.5 GT, the range also encompasses a normally aspirated 2-litre version for those who are not so in a hurry.

The new estate isn’t exactly the prettiest car around. Without the GT’s bigger wheels and aerodynamic kit, the 2.0i looks anemic and as if riding on stilts. Despite the efforts of the swollen wheel arches, the 2.0i looks really slab-sided from the flanks. The overall design looks heavy, lacks cohesiveness and without any form of purposefulness.

While the Outback gets its power from a 2.5-litre boxer, the regular Wagon uses Subaru’s familiar 1994cc EJ20 unit that is also shared with the Exiga, Forester and Impreza.

The flat-4 unit makes a maximum power of 150bhp, which is pretty reasonable for an engine this size. With up to 196Nm available at 3000rpm, the boxer unit offers a nice spread of torque throughout the rev range.

Straightline performance is reasonable for an estate with not much sporting pretensions – 0-100km/h will come up in 11.3 seconds with top speed quoted at 196km/h, an improvement of a tenth of a second and 5km/h respectively over the previous Legacy Wagon 2.0R’s numbers.


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1994cc
Engine Type Flat 3
Power 150bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 196Nm @ 3000rpm
Power to Weight 99.3 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 11.3s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 200 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.2 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed CVT
Drive Type F4

Measurements

Body Type Wagon
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4775 x 1780 x 1535) mm
Wheelbase 2750 mm
Kerb Weight 1510 kg

Brakes