Subaru Levorg review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The Levorg is a decent family car, but it lacks the outright space of several rivals
While Subaru will argue it’s the Forester and Outback that are meant to be the most practical choices in its range, that might not cut much ice with prospective Levorg buyers. In isolation it’s pretty good, but there are a number of more versatile and roomy estate car competitors.
The high driving position might not be ideal for some, but it does at least offer a very good view of the road ahead. In fact, there’s plenty of glass so visibility is respectable all-round, making the Levorg easier to park than larger mainstream estates. Storage inside the cabin is acceptable, with a couple of central cupholders, an armrest with cubbyhole and a decent glovebox, although the door bins aren’t huge.
The Levorg is 4.69m long, 1.78m wide and 1.49m tall. That makes it slightly longer and narrower than a BMW 3 Series Touring, and nearly 20cm shorter than a Ford Mondeo Estate. As such, it sits in-between the two in terms of practicality.
Legroom, headroom and passenger space
It’s no Skoda Superb in this area, but the Levorg is reasonably accommodating for a family of four. Neither head or legroom in the rear are remarkable, but six-footers will be fine for short journeys – although the middle seat is really only for children. There are no space issues in the front, and even large adults will find plenty of room and seat adjustment.
With the seats up there’s 522 litres of space in the back of a Levorg. That, again, sits the Subaru between the family estate and compact executive segments – it’s slightly larger than an Audi A4 Avant, but less accommodating than a Ford Mondeo or VW Passat. The 60/40-split rear seats are easy to fold flat, revealing an uninterrupted 1,446 litres of total load space, while there’s also underfloor storage.
The Levorg can tow a 1,500kg braked trailer and Subaru’s popularity with buyers who need their vehicles to work hard should mean that lots of Levorgs end up fitted with a tow bar.
In this review
- 1Subaru Levorg reviewThe Subaru Levorg estate is an unusual, practical choice that lacks a little sophistication compared to its rivals
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Levorg can be good fun but it’s a little rough around the edges and the engine limits appeal
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsSubaru’s insistence on petrol and four-wheel drive means fuel economy suffers. Residuals look reasonable, however
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Levorg’s cabin is well-built but looks dated, while infotainment is serviceable rather than excellent
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThe Levorg is a decent family car, but it lacks the outright space of several rivals
- 6Reliability and SafetySubaru is rightly proud of its Eyesight safety system, while a five-year warranty gives peace of mind