• Oct 8th 2009 at 9:59AM
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2010 Subaru Legacy Tourer 2.0D - click above image for high-res gallery

Led Zeppelin said it best, "The song remains the same." Especially if you're an American fan of good old station wagons. You're looking at the just-released-to-our-shepherd's-pie-eating-brethren 2010 Subaru Legacy Wagon and we (yet again) can't have it. Wah.

Based entirely on the fifth-generation Legacy (built right in Indiana) the Tourer comes standard with a 2.0-liter diesel boxer mill mated to a six-speed manual transmission. That particular car, the Legacy Tourer 2.0D, can hustle itself to 60 mph in 9.5 seconds, go 120 mph and get around 38 mpg. Not bad. You can also go for the Tourer 2.5i which has a 2.5-liter gasoline boxer engine and a new "Lineartronic" CVT, notable because it's longitudinally mounted behind the boxer engine, which sounds highly efficient. The petrol-powered car is about a second slower to 60 mph and surely costs more while getting worse mileage.

We would like to remind Subaru that they are selling us Americans the Outback (which is a jacked up Legacy Wagon with plastic cladding and a name derived from Paul Hogan), the Forester (another high-riding Legacy derivative with a tall roof that looks exactly like a station wagon) and the Tribeca (the less said here, the better). Oh, and the Impreza/WRX also come as five doors. Hey, the STI is wagon-only. In fact, the only car Subaru sells in the U.S. without a rear hatch is... the Legacy. Hey Subie, you know how you made all-wheel drive standard on every car and that helped to differentiate you from the competition? Why not go all wagon, all the time and see how that sets you apart? Just a suggestion. Full press release after the jump.

[Source: Subaru]



  • Fresh, modern styling for longer, wider, taller Legacy Tourer
  • Peerless all-weather traction from updated Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
  • Choice of diesel or petrol 'Boxer' engines and manual or auto transmission
  • More room inside high-quality cabin, and up to 1,726-litres of luggage space
  • Recently awarded a 5-Star Euro NCAP crash safety rating
  • Five-model range on sale now priced from £23,295 (OTR)

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Subaru's flagship Legacy Tourer, and to celebrate, the marque has launched an all-new, fifth-generation version of its charismatic estate car. On sale from 1 October, the Legacy Tourer features a bold new look, increased space and comfort for all occupants, improved dynamics and refinement, and enhanced safety.

Every Legacy Tourer offers the combination of Horizontally-Opposed 'Boxer' engine – in diesel or petrol guise – and Symmetrical AWD (All-Wheel-Drive). This well-proven set-up, further refined by Subaru's engineers for the fifth-generation car, has made successive generations of Legacy Tourer the preferred choice for motorists seeking a practical family car that delivers rewarding yet secure handling in all weather conditions.

The 2010 Legacy Tourer exudes on-road presence thanks to a bold front-end design and an increase in overall dimensions: the car is wider (by 50mm), taller (by 65mm) and longer (by 55mm).

The new grille (complete with 'wing motif') flanked by elongated headlights is both modern and instantly recognisable as a Subaru. Prominent wheel-arches hint at the impressive power running through the Symmetrical AWD system, while the strong belt line and a chrome-rimmed glass-house give the Legacy Tourer a premium feel.

The luxurious and spacious interior has been completely redesigned to give occupants more room and to improve comfort levels. For example, front headroom has risen by 21mm over the previous model, and legroom for rear-seat passengers increases by 99mm, aided by an 80mm increase in wheelbase.

Key to the Legacy's sustained appeal over the years has been the practicality it offers buyers, and the latest incarnation is no different. Boasting a generous 526 litres of stowage capacity with the 60/40 split rear seats in place, the new model offers an additional 67 litres over its predecessor. Fold the rear pews flat, and a cavernous 1,677-litre cargo hold is created.

In a revised engine line-up, buyers will now be offered a choice of Subaru Boxer engines: either 2.0-litre diesel or 2.5-litre petrol. A six-speed manual unit comes as standard with the diesel, while the petrol benefits from the new in-house developed 'Lineartronic' automatic transmission.

This all-new 'next generation' transmission system is mounted longitudinally behind the boxer engine, 'Lineartronic' is a fully automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT)-type unit that enables the engine to operate continuously at the most efficient part of its rev-range – resulting in strong, linear, seamless acceleration and maximised fuel economy.

On the road, the New Legacy Tourer offers competitive performance and economy. Top speed for the diesel-powered model – expected to be the most popular choice for private and business motorists – is 120mph, with a 0-62mph time of 9.6 seconds. Fuel economy is an outstanding 46.3mpg (combined cycle) and its CO2 emissions figure is 161g/km.

The 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol unit generates a maximum output of 167ps and torque of 229Nm at 4,000rpm. By adopting the i-Active Valve Lift System (i-AVLS), combined with the new Lineartronic automatic transmission, top speed for the automatic model is 120mph with a 0-62mph time of 10.3 seconds.

Subaru has adopted a revised MacPherson strut front suspension design, with the lower arm mounted on the sub-frame for greater stability and refinement. The thickness of the stabiliser (anti-roll) bar has also been increased, improving roll resistance and offering even greater agility.

Underneath the 'new-look' styling, the New Legacy Tourer has a completely re-engineered all-steel unitary structure that delivers the highest crash safety performance. The vehicle was recently awarded a 5-Star Euro NCAP crash safety rating.

"The fifth-generation Legacy Tourer is a flagship model and a new technical benchmark for Subaru," explains Paul Tunnicliffe, Subaru's UK Managing Director. "Our vehicles are designed to be different from other cars, and the new Legacy has been conceived to take on premium-brand rivals with a unique blend of attributes. Its arrival marks the latest stage in the resurgence of the Subaru brand in the UK, and it is a very fitting way of celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first Legacy."

Legacy's loyal customer base of over 3.6 million buyers worldwide has come to expect high levels of standard specification, and the latest version will not disappoint. Standard on all derivatives are alloy wheels, tilt-and-slide sunroof, heated front seats, six CD tuner with RDS and six speakers, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, and automatic activation for wipers and headlights.

Prices start at £23,295 for the 2.0D S, and range up to £27,295 for the 2.5i SE NavPlus Lineartronic. The five-strong range

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Ugh - how can my '05 be so pretty, and this look like an overbloated steaming pile of poo? Thank you Subaru for falling victim to the "bigger is better" philosophy; I'll be downgrading to a WRX hatch or A4 wagon when it comes time to retire my Legacy. :(

      P.S. - I don't think 0-60 in 9.5 seconds is something you want to advertise. Ever.
      • 5 Years Ago
      R.I.P Subaru USA. 2002-2007. Rest In Peace....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just buy an Outback Wagon and lower the suspension.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I sure would love a diesel Outback here in the United States. I'd actually buy one if I could get it with a diesel. But without the diesel option, I'll look elsewhere for my next car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have a '99 - even the same color - and it is hands down the best vehicle I have ever owned. First Subie too.

      That said, without bias, I can say I truly like this design. Not so much the Outback.

      If this was available here it would be my next vehicle. As it is not I will be searching for a 4th gen when it is time to replace the '99 whenever that is!

      Sure wish we could get the JDM "Touring" spec here with the Diesel Boxer - but I guess I would be the only one to buy one!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have a '98 myself, though in Ruby Red, not in sexy white. I had a '97 2.5GT sedan prior, but only because I couldn't find a wagon.
        The wagon popped up for cheap needing a motor, so I played swapzies.

        But yeah, when it dies (only 161k on it, PLENTY of life left!) I'll looking for a 4th gen as well. Needs me more wagon looooove.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Right there with both of you. When I'm not at university I've got a '99 Legacy wagon, which I'd love to replace with an '05 GT wagon with a 5-speed. Probably the only thing I'd replace it with, otherwise I'll end up with two cars or something along those lines. They're amazing do-everything cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Still don't want a 2010...

      But the same idiocy that appliance-ified the '10 Legacy after the nicely dignified 2005-2009 models... is also what denies Legacy Wagon to the US.

      Instead, the Outback is now nearly the same size as a 5-passenger Tribeca, and dare I say it Tribeca looks better inside and out, after it's re-fresh. (the new 2008+, not the 2006-2007 Schnozz version...)

      What is next? The HUGE '10 Legacy will spawn an even BIGGER 5-door Outback-height SUV-nonCoupe-tallSedan-thing? Are they going to follow Honda/Acura, and BMW?

      I love Subaru's drivetrains, for the most part, But their recent efforts at styling and strategic product planning, mostly in the US, have been DISMAL!!!!

      I hope they make the new coupe look good. The toyota FT-86 is close, but not wholly cohesive. The Hybrid Tourer looks smoother, aesthetically.

      My dream remains a fantasy, for a 2012 re-release on the 20th Anniversary of the SVX, as a forward-thinking, sleek aero-designed Grand Touring Coupe, based on an enlarged and upgraded GR Impreza chassis, with looks, size, and features closer to the 2007-2009 Legacy GT Spec B and 3.0R models. BL (outgoing) Legacy is very close to GR Impreza in the chassis department anyway, aside from Impreza having a newer rear suspension design, and a shorter rear overhang... and Impreza happening to have uglier body-styles...

      Also some STI suspension and brake hardware, and power tuning thrown in... with either 2.5 Turbo, or 3.6 H6 power units, tuned to 300+ horsepower each... 6-speed manual or a PDK-like AWD dual-clutch gearbox.

      I don't know if I would still trust Subaru to pull that off well... They have the hardware and could do it, if they would choose to. But I don't think they have the passion for building vehicles anymore. they happen to sell AWD cars to try to make money.

      If they had passion for cars anymore, the Impreza and Legacy/Outback would look much better, and have more amenities than they do, and Forester would have proper gearboxes (manual and 5-speed auto) and an H6 option.

      Such potential... that is being WASTED. >:-(
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, say as you will, but Subaru is selling more cars than ever, so I guess their tactics (and don;t get me wrong, I agree with you) seem to work.

      Jonathan Hicks
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Impreza WRX STI and all 5-door Imprezas are 5-door hatchbacks. The Forester & Tribeca are CUVs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      But unfortunately you can only get it in the UK with a black interior - not the swish ivory you see advertised for the US market. To not offer choice of interior in the UK is really disappointing - come on Subaru you can step up to the competition like Volvo, Audi etc and do better than treating us in the UK as second class citizens. especially when you can get a choice of interiors in other parts of the world .
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please return to the previous Legacy styling (evolve the 2005 model) and offer the non-Outback wagon with the diesel in the States. Trust me, there are many more potential buyers than just me. The new styling is a complete failure and smacks heavily of Toyota's clumsy designs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      In '06, I finally gave up on a long train of Legacy wagons, starting in '90, and got a Mazda6, one of only 16k they made in four years. I get the feeling that the market is looking for Venza size/style vehicles, which the new Outback is like, and which I don't need. I don't really miss the AWD of the Subie, but I sure do miss its smaller turning circle.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You missed the last great one... I compared the Mazda6 wagon and the Legacy Wagon in '05 and bought my Legacy GT Limited wagon then... 250 hp and a manual transmission. Alas, it could be my last Subaru if they don't stop sniffing glue in the design department before I convince myself I need a new one. At least their hideous design direction and ruthless elimination of proper wagons helps me do the financially sensible thing and just keep my paid-off car that's not giving me any trouble...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Autoblog - keep the suggestions to yourself. p.s.- the outback looks better than this!

      What is with subaru though? This looks like saturn and vauxhall together and had the ugliest baby ever.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Legacy is an absolute steal at 20k. But the Outback starts $3k north of there, and I just don't see a roof rack and body cladding being worth thirty Benjamins.
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