What is it?
Unlike most Australians, the Legacy looks much better with its Outback hat on. No corks here, just a thoroughly sorted, well-specced estate with SUV creds.
Despite the raised ground clearance and extra roll angles, this thing still handles pretty much like a Subaru. You can feel what the chassis is up to, which is normally just gripping and going neatly round the bend.
An odd mix. The petrol flat-four and flat-six engines are willing and sound great so you don’t mind caning them, but some versions are slow, especially the autos. The diesel flat-four is a unique engine, and we like it. It’s really the only version Subaru is selling these days.
On the inside
Mechanically it’s quiet. Room is OK versus posh German rivals, not so good against the Mondeo and Passat.
As for quality, it depends on how you define it. You get superb longevity and reliability, but many of the cabin materials look and feel cheap.
Go for the diesel to keep running costs and depreciation well down. Otherwise, look forward to sensible costs from well-regarded dealers.