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Subaru Levorg estate - MPG, running costs & CO2

With no choice beyond a petrol engine and CVT gearbox, the Subaru Levorg isn’t very efficient

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The Subaru Levorg trails the best of its rivals when it comes to fuel economy and CO2 emissions. This is down to the fact that it’s only available with a 2.0-litre petrol engine and Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT automatic gearbox. It would be a lot more efficient with manual transmission and a diesel engine or a petrol hybrid system, but Subaru has elected not to offer it with any of these.

Subaru Levorg MPG & CO2

The Subaru Levorg’s efficiency figures make for surprising reading if you’re used to the supremely frugal, low-emissions diesel engines common to family cars these days. Its 2.0-litre petrol engine returns 32.6mpg fuel economy on the WLTP combined cycle, but the real downer is the 167g/km CO2 emissions figure, which results in a hefty Benefit-In-Kind tax liability for company-car drivers.

The old 1.6-litre turbo engine could return 38.9mpg fuel economy but that was on the old, and less stringent, NEDC tests and one of the reasons for replacing it was to achieve a better showing under the WLTP regime.

Insurance group

The sole Subaru Levorg model – the 2.0-litre GT – falls into insurance group 17. This is far more competitive from a running costs perspective than the car’s fuel economy, as you’ll be looking at group 18 for a well-equipped automatic Skoda Octavia with a similar power output or group 16 for a Ford Focus along the same lines.

Warranty

All new Subarus sold in the UK come with an excellent five-year/100,000-mile manufacturer warranty, so you can drive your Levorg in confidence for quite a while knowing that if any problems do crop up, they’ll be taken care of.

Built into the package is 12 years of anti-corrosion cover and a three-year paintwork warranty, while all customers also get three years of roadside assistance and recovery should the worst happen.

Servicing

Subaru has been known to offer free servicing as part of finance deals with certain models, but the manufacturer doesn’t have range-wide service plans, so the exact cost is down to your local dealer. Just how local that dealer will be is another matter, however, as Subaru doesn’t have as wide a network as some larger brands, so you may have to travel a bit to get your car serviced.

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