Before SUVs became the popular shape for family cars, wagons like the Subaru Levorg would have been the go-to shape of family vehicles. Can this sporty family wagon still compete? BabyDrive put it through it's paces to find out just how BabyDrive friendly it still is!
Aesthetically the Levorg is a good looking and sporty car! It should be a real contender to the current trend of SUVs as family cars. I found it really comfortable, easy and very enjoyable to drive around town and very stable and fun out on open country roads and excellent on bends! There was a little noise on rougher roads but other than that it was relatively smooth and quiet. I tested the new model but apparently models pre-August 2017 were incredibly bumpy and noisy so make sure you check out the date of yours but presumably it's so different you would definitely tell!
The Levorg felt both practical for loading up with kids and family equipment as well as a lot of fun for me to drive when out on my own!!!
The boot space is whopping! Definitely ample for a family's day to day activities as well as loading up with all the gear for holidays and family road trips. It will hold 14 shopping bags when empty! I also loved I could get a basic stroller right up against the back seat rests and still fit 10 shopping bags or a very large dog!
Interior space especially legroom is extremely good. We could comfortably travel with a 184cm adult in the front passenger seat with a rear-facing child seat behind!
Fitting child seats in the back I found simple, there are three top tether points and ISO Fix in the two outer rear seats. I could easily fit two child seats in the outer seats and although there is a top tether point for the central seat, the rear seats are not wide enough to fit a child seat in the central one too.
I found the Levorg easy to park and manoeuvre, visibility and comfort are very good for the driver and as a passenger.
There are a few little details I would LOVE to be able to tweak to make this a PERFECT BabyDrive wagon!
The cup holders could be a little more usable in their size and depth so it was easier to pick up my hot drinks without losing their lids thus spilling the contents! The door bins could be slightly bigger to hold larger re-fillable water bottles.
The ceiling handles in the back could be positioned slightly better to hold a child’s toy in a better position, the map pockets in the back could be slightly deeper to conceal an iPad (they should be renamed to tablet pockets!) and the media system needs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as the current system is very basic and confusing to navigate.
The back seats are very comfortable and recline but this causes a problem with the boot cover as it needs to allow for this movement. Subaru solved it using a retractable blind on the main section and a strange second piece that wedges against the sides of the boot with rubber stoppers! This was just constantly knocking off, falling down and irritating me!
Other than these points there is nothing that stands out with this vehicle as being inadequate or wanting to change. This is a fantastic vehicle as a BabyDrive in terms of size, drive and practicality, it is just these fixtures and cosmetic things I would like to change to make the Subaru Levorg the perfect BabyDrive wagon!
The Levorg scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2016.