FRASER’S MOTORWORLD

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Fraser Lucas, 15, from Bingham, looks at the Subaru Legacy.

LOOKS

Like cars twice its price, the Legacy looks sharp and sophisticated with smooth lines, swept back face and striking details. The Legacy has very unorthodox styling which strangely makes it look proud and modest, something which is surprising for an estate.

HANDLING AND PERFORMANCE

Because it shares parts with the Impreza, the Legacy has quick responses which gives it very calm handling. The Legacy offers 2 boxer engines - a 2.0 litre diesel which can do up to 46.3 mpg and a 2.5 litre petrol with 165 bhp. Both engines have plenty of grunt and have

4 wheel drive as standard.

PRACTICALITY

Since it’s powered by boxer engines, the Legacy offers more room than one of Belton House’s bedrooms. With the seats folded down there’s up to 1677 litres of boot space which is enough to fit in the whole of Belton House! One of the most desirable things about the Legacy is the masses of standard equipment - alloy wheels, climate control, traction control, electric windows, airbags, automatic gear box which all come at no extra cost on most models.

COST

Diesel prices start at £24,795. Higher models, however, will cost up to £26.995 to £29,995. Petrol engines prices will be a little steeper starting at £26.995 and ending and £29,295.

VERDICT

The Legacy is a fantastic family car. It’s as versatile as Ikea flat packed furniture. It’s solid, it’s safe and it has more standard equipment than accessories coming with a Barbie doll. The Legacy gives you just what you want from a car of its type and more.