Subaru Legacy/Outback (2004–2009)
Completely revised for 2004MY. In UK from November 2003. Much improved economy and reduced CO2. BIK on 2.0i cut from 27% to 20%. New 245PS 3.0 flat six gives 147mph top speed. Safety features include active head restraints, dual stage airbags, head and chest airbags. 2.5 flat four now has 165PS. 2.0 has 138PS; does 36.7mpg on combined cycle. Six speed manual 3.0R Spec B from February 2004 features Bilstein suspension.
Estate now 4,720mm long x 1,730mm wide.
Legacy spec.B launched September 2004 for 2005 model year has very strong 6-speed close ratio manual box rather than 5-speed autobox of R. Priced at £26,500 on-the-road for the saloon and £27,500 as a Sports Tourer. Suspension fine-tuned from 3.0R to be even more responsive. Bilstein front and rear shock-absorbers are also fitted which improve both roll-resistance and damping sensitivity, giving a smoother, better-controlled ride.
Larger, 8JJ x 18 ins wheels are fitted, together with 215/45R18 tyres. Hydraulic power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering has a special damper valve which reduces kick-back during hard cornering. Meanwhile, response to initial steering movements is enhanced by a new low-hysteresis cannon mount for the steering gearbox. Rally-honed symmetrical all-wheel drive system which feeds full time power to all four wheels.
Legacy Spec.B has a rear limited-slip differential allowing torque to be shared between both rear wheels. This LSD facility gives sharper turn-in and more throttle-adjustable handling. Top speed of 151 mph for the saloon and a 0-60mph time of 6.5 seconds with the Sports Tourer not far behind, recording 145 mph and 6.6 seconds 0-60. Dark metallic 7-spoke alloy wheels in a larger 8JJ x 18 ins size than the auto, with 215/45 R18 tyres. Special black leather seats and door trim while also unique to this model are aluminium pedals and a new design of ‘easy-grip’ gear knob.
Kit includes eight-way electrically-adjustable front seats, a six-stacker CD system, electrically-powered sunroof, front, side and curtain airbags and satellite navigation. Plus full climate-control air-conditioning, four electric windows, a Thatcham Category One alarm/immobiliser, heated front seats, door mirrors and windscreen de-icer and electro-luminescent instruments which swing in a full arc every time the ignition is turned on.
New quad cam 2.0 litre boxer engine for 2006, develops 165PS at 6,800rpm and 138lb ft (187Nm) torque at 3,200rpm. Saloon 0-60 9.2, top speed 133, combined mpg 32.5, CO2 207g/km. Prices from £16,995 for 4-door and from £17,995 for Sports Tourer.
General changes for 2008 include re-introduction of 2.5 Legacy, now with 173PS, torque of 2.0 litre increased to 144.6lb ft, but down to 150PS. 2008 prices start at £18,022 for 2.0R manual saloon, now with dual zone climate control, cruise control, front, side and curtain airbags, leather MOMO steering wheel and 17" alloys with 215/45 tyres.