Subaru’s Legacy Tourer has received a
number of significant technical improvements and equipment upgrades for
2012 that will make ownership even more enjoyable, while also lowering
running costs and environmental impact.
The most important change for 2012 is the
fitting of Subaru’s next-generation Boxer diesel engine. This Euro
5-compliant power unit features a more efficient turbocharger, new
exhaust-camshaft timing and lighter connecting rods, and is mated with
new oxidation catalytic converters and Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF).
The result is an improvement (compared to the previous Boxer diesel
Legacy) in fuel economy of over seven per cent, to 49.6mpg (combined),
while CO2 emissions are cut by up to 7.5 per cent, to 149
g/km. Importantly, the latter drops the car’s VED band down to level F,
saving customers £35 per year.
All 2012 Legacy Tourer diesel models
now have a CO2 rating below 160 g/km which ensures they will
qualify for tax savings by the hirer (of 15 per cent) and the leasing
company / business users (10 per cent) – enhancing the vehicle’s appeal
to a wider audience.
The improvements in economy and
emissions haven’t undermined the diesel-powered Legacy Tourer’s
performance. Generating 147 ps at 3,600 rpm and 350 Nm between 1,600
and 2,400 rpm, the diesel unit powers the car from zero to 62 mph in 9.6
seconds and on to a top speed of 120 mph.
Improved refinement and comfort
The Legacy’s six-speed manual
transmission (standard fit for diesel models) has been refined to
improve its fuel efficiency, shift feel and its ease of operation.
Wider gear teeth, new synchromesh, lower friction bearings and
low-viscosity transmission oil combine to deliver improved performance
and refinement, while also helping to maximise the improvements made to
the diesel engine.
Suspension modifications for all 2012
Legacy models include new bushes for the front anti-roll stabiliser bar
mounts to improve ride comfort, new pressed upper rear suspension arms
to reduce weight (saving 2 kg per car), and new pillow-ball bushes in
the rear wishbones to reduce friction and provide a smoother ride.
With the introduction of the 2012
models, the Legacy Tourer line-up in the UK offers buyers a choice of
five versions with a diesel or petrol engine and three trim levels –
depending on model. New Legacy Tourer prices start at £26,865 (OTR) and
cover a £4,510 range. Each model is so comprehensively equipped that
the only factory-fitted option will be special paint finishes, priced at
Additional equipment enhances
value for money
Exterior changes are limited to new,
aerodynamically smoother door mirrors, a higher-resolution rear view
camera (SE NavPlus only) and the availability of a fresh new colour –
Ice Silver Metallic.
Inside, the 2012 Legacy sports a
single-CD unit featuring a large LCD display screen together with USB
and iPod connectivity and steering wheel-mounted controls. On diesel
models (with manual transmission) the instrument cluster now has a
‘shift-up’ indicator to encourage an economical driving style.
The 2012 Legacy is comprehensively
equipped and all models feature cruise control, a glass ‘tilt-n-slide’
sunroof, dual-zone fully automatic air-conditioning, a premium audio
system with six speakers (including two tweeters), automatic lights and
wipers and a powered driver’s seat. A Bluetooth® hands-free system with
voice activation is fitted as standard, while all but the S model are
trimmed in black leather. Models with Lineartronic transmission feature
steering wheel mounted paddle-shifters as standard.
SE and SE NavPlus models now feature a
‘Sports Package’ which comprises a sports front bumper and front grille,
dark tinted headlamps, larger 18-inch alloy wheels and special Bilstein
dampers. SE NavPlus models also feature a new DVD navigation system as
standard, with a high-resolution eight-inch display for optimum clarity.
In the UK, the 2012 Legacy is available
in a selection of six exterior body colours – one new colour (Ice Silver
Metallic) – alongside five popular carry-over colours, Satin White,
Galaxy Blue Silica, Crystal Black Silica, Graphite Grey Metallic and
Camellia Red Pearl.
ETCo ‘Everything Taken Care of’
for 2012 Legacy buyers
Like all other Subaru models, the 2012
Legacy is backed up by Subaru’s new ‘Everything Taken Care of’ (ETCo)
aftercare programme – guaranteeing complete peace of mind for the first
three years of ownership.
Unique in the UK, the ETCo programme
applies to retail sales only and offers a host of potential benefits
worth over £7,000.
It comprises 11 different elements, all
designed to make running and owning a new Subaru easier and more
beneficial than ever, not to mention the cost benefits with each of the
services provided free of charge.
Subaru ETCo’s comprehensive package
includes: minor dent and scratch repairs, alloy wheel repairs, monthly
wash ‘n’ vac, annual makeover – full valet, lost keys replacement,
service collection and delivery, annual wheel alignment check, first MOT
cover (and contribution to repairs), accident management service,
insurance excess cover contribution, plus winter wheel and tyre storage.
2012 Subaru Legacy Tourer range
|2.0D SE NavPlus
|2.5i SE Navplus*
*with Lineartronic transmission as