Introduced more than two decades ago, the Subaru Legacy is the company’s longest-running nameplate. There have been five generations of the Subaru Legacy. The newest Subaru Legacy saloon, which was introduced in 2015, marked the car’s sixth generation. It brought with it overall refinement, improved interior design, fuel efficiency, safety and advance technology. The model has been on sale for some time now and Subaru has decided to refresh its overall appeal for 2018. The 2018 Legacy features revised styling and significant upgrades to comfort, safety, and multimedia capability. In addition to major changes, myriad smaller engineering and design details throughout the 2018 Legacy enhance the driving experience.
The Legacy wears a sportier and more elegant look for 2018. The front is highlighted by wider, lower grille openings and new bumper, which complement the wider Subaru hexagonal grille. The unique hexagonal grill now features a distinctive wing element. The C-shaped headlights and parking lights and new horizontal lines extend outward from the. The redesigned headlights now feature distinctive “Konoji” daytime LED running lights.
Available LED fog lamps lend a sophisticated image. Other design details bolster the luxury-class appearance for the 2018 Legacy, including new high-contrast wheel designs and two rich new exterior colours, Magnetite Gray Metallic and Crimson Red Pearl. From the rear, the 2018 Legacy conveys a wider, more planted stance, although the car measures the same width as before. The new tailpipe design integrated into the lower fascia adds a premium touch.
The 2018 Legacy is available with four or six cylinder boxer engines. 2.5-liter four-cylinder BOXER unit, which debuted in 2013, features numerous enhancements for lighter weight, improved efficiency, and quieter operation. Power is increased slightly to 130 kW (174 hp). Peak torque remains at 234 Nm but is spread over a broader engine speed range for more responsive performance. The six-cylinder power unit has a total volume of 3.6-litres. This particular BOXER engine produces 190 kW (256 hp) and 334 Nm of torque. Both power plants are merged with an improved version of Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) as standard.
Subaru went through the Legacy chassis to make the 2018 model even more comfortable to drive, while also retuning its suspension to enhance agility and steering and brake feel. Retuned dampers reduce the initial impact of bumps while also reducing body roll through turns. Smoother, linear response from the Electric Power Steering (EPS) and a firmer, more direct brake-pedal feel also make the Legacy more engaging to drive. Already lauded for its quiet ride, the Legacy moves another step up in cabin comfort for 2018 with further reductions from all noise sources.
The Lineartronic CVT on 2.5-liter equipped cars now uses a quieter ultra-short-pitch chain, and adjustments to engine timing under acceleration further reduce powertrain noise. Reshaped exterior mirrors are among a number of enhancements that help reduce noise entering the interior. New sound-insulating inner film glass for the front side windows makes the front seat area quieter, while thicker rear wheel well aprons reduce rear seat ambient noise.
The 2018 Subaru Legacy debuts an interior with new premium materials and a redesigned centre console with an available 8-inch display screen for enhanced multimedia capabilities. On higher trims vehicles, real stitching on the dash, seats and door panels along with high-gloss black trim and silver-colour bezels for various controls enhance the high-quality feel of the Legacy interior. A new grey interior is now available, in addition to black or ivory. The steering wheel is new and features a sportier look and feel.
Subaru enhanced Legacy comfort in both large and small ways for 2018. The air conditioning system cools the interior more quickly and provides more uniform temperature throughout. Subaru moved the temperature-setting indicator to inside the control dial for operation that is more intuitive. As an added convenience on all models, interior power is retained for a short time after the ignition has been switched off. A redesigned clock is now larger and easier to read.
With nearly the same exterior footprint as the previous car, the 2018 Legacy continues offers a roomier passenger cabin. The added space yields gains in shoulder, hip, elbow and legroom. However, rear passengers benefit the most from the increased cabin space. A standard 60/40 split fold-down rear seat expands carrying capacity.
The Subaru Legacy builds on its long record as a safety standout for 2018, with Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB) and newly available Steering Responsive Headlight (SRH) system. RAB can detect objects in vehicle’s path and convey audible warnings to the driver, including showing distance and position of the object in the centre display screen. New for 2018, the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) now detects pressure changes at each tire. The Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross Traffic Alert indicator lamp is larger and has been moved from the mirror surface to the side of the mirror. In highline trims, redesigned LED turn signals in the mirrors are easier for other drivers to see.
All Legacy trim lines come standard with a rear-view camera. New for 2018, when reversing, the guidelines displayed on the screen move in harmony with the steering to provide more accurate vehicle positioning. The Incline Start Assist and the electronic Hill Holder System, fitted on all models, holds the vehicle in place until the driver applies the throttle.
The brand’s available award-winning EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, available on most trims, includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking, Vehicle Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist. Models with EyeSight also come with Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which includes Lane Change Assist.
The 2018 Subaru Legacy also helps take care of personal security. Standard Welcome Lighting automatically operates interior illumination and exterior lights as the driver approaches or departs the vehicle. Also fitted as standard for all 2018 models are automatic locking doors.
With its midsize sedan competitors showing recent redesigns, the Subaru Legacy updates its own look for 2018. A roomy cabin, an upgraded interior, and standard all-wheel drive make the 2018 Legacy a solid midsize saloon. The 2017 Subaru Legacy deserves more attention that it typically gets from most car shoppers. Subaru Kenya, located along Mombasa Road, is the franchise holders of the brand. Subaru Kenya is a division of the ECTA Group.
Quote: The 2018 Subaru Legacy debuts an interior with new premium materials and a redesigned centre console with an available 8-inch display screen for enhanced multimedia capabilities.
What we like
- Refined and specious interior
- Great handling
- Standard All-Wheel Drive
What we dislike
- A bit expensive compared its rivals
- Standard CVT could take time getting used to
- Some key safety features are available as an option