Subary Legacy GT - a stylish all-wheel drive business sedan for 1, 626, 600 rubles. To somehow justify not only the loud title, but also the price, it was supplied with a charge from the WRX: a 2.5-liter turbo engine with 265 hp, a 5-speed automatic and an electronically-controlled center differential SI-Drive. It’s not thick, considering that there are rivals both cheaper and more powerful. But more on that later.
On this car you will not find a rear view camera or banal parking sensors. There is no navigation and not even a touchscreen. Side mirrors do not lower when reversing. The automatic window mode does not work, and the locked doors can only be opened with the central locking button. There is even no pulse mode turn signals! On the dashboard there is no indicator of the temperature of the coolant or oil, not to mention the turbocharging pressure, but there is a simple econometric, as on the Soviet "chisels" - without reference to the flow figures.
The salon of the most expensive Legacy is simple and artless. But everything is functional and not addictive. That's just the climate is noisy. The salon of the most expensive Legacy is simple and artless. But everything is functional and not addictive. That's just the climate is noisy..
And this insulation … I seem to have said a business sedan? Mmm … Although, I remember, the Audi A7 on the Nordman condo studs seemed no quieter.
But these are just flowers, because in I (intelligent) mode, the brutal all-wheel drive rides like an intelligent, suffocating vegetable-vegetable. And this is with such an ambitious air intake on the hood, capable only of its kind to “knock out traffic jams” to any teenager. Yes … You’re already starting to think: it’s good that MacRae did not live up to this.
And behind these apocalyptic thoughts comes the realization that riding the Legacy GT in a sluggish New Year’s stream is pleasant and easy. There is no anger at all, sheer friendliness. It begins in the cabin: on the one hand, it is simple-mindedly artless, but ergonomically thought out, starting from the seats and ending with the armrests, steering wheel and mean twists. Pleasant clear instruments and sturdy gearshift paddles KP complement a cozy image, psychologically bringing you closer to the car. “Avtomat” goes through the steps without rising above 1500–1800 rpm, and turning on the fifth one at 60 km / h, it offers a leisurely acceleration from almost idle. Probably too unhurried - before the turbine enters into force, the oppositionist takes out with laziness. In the Moscow riser, the onboard computer showed a moderate 14.4 l / 100 km - about the same amount my Astra H ate with a 1.8-liter engine and an “automatic”. In civilian modes, the dense energy-intensive suspension even makes you forget about the safety of 18-inch wheels and low-profile tires 225/45 R18.
Among the instruments I would like to see an oil or turbine pressure sensor, at worst, a coolant temperature sensor. And not a stupid econometer, more like an ammeter. Among the instruments I would like to see an oil or turbine pressure sensor, at worst, a coolant temperature sensor. And not a stupid econometer, more like an ammeter.
Ahead was waiting for the New Year's country march to the home of the Snow Maiden - in Kostroma. Four hundred miles on a snowy track.
The first half of the New Year holidays is the best time to travel by car. The roads are empty, there are no trucks, traffic cops are not spiteful. There is nowhere to hurry - the whole day is ahead, in addition, we have a planned stop in Yaroslavl. Subaru swims in a measured stream in the regime of 80-110 km / h, is taken to the winter beauty of the main guest, who is calmly dormant in the child seat in the back row. By the way, after hundreds of noise background levels out and increases slightly with increasing speed. Lulls: after a couple of hours, all the passengers were already asleep. Even a couple of intense overtaking could not cheer them up - thanks to the comfortable non-rigid seats. So the driver began to relax - stability on a straight line, in arches and in a rut increases after 120 km / h, it is time to return to the cruising hundred. In this mode, a 65-liter tank is enough for seven hundred miles or more, and the on-board computer freezes for a soothing 9 l / 100 km. Good cruiser. The real GT.
By the way, on a snowy track I never had to be careful, fearing for a spectacular pointed lower body kit. It turned out that a clearance of 15 honest cm is quite enough to feel confident not only in snow ruts, but also in an unclean city.
Having completed the obligatory children's program in the Snegurochka’s cottage, we continue the cultural trip in the monumental Ipatiev Monastery - the tomb of Godunov, the cradle of the Romanovs. In its vicinity, I found a picturesque path, alluring leaving into the forest. A couple of energetic turns - and it becomes clear that the stabilization system is so liberal that it allows very tangible skidding of stern. You can not turn it off. But even without it, the “twist” of the back, especially in gentle arches, is felt by all the vertebrae. With this setting, you forget about the rear-wheel drive for drifting: it is no less impressive and effective. Gradually, consciousness comes to how comfortable the petals are, how flexible the engine is, and that five steps are quite enough for a modern “machine”. Here, however, the differences between the "evil" modes of the center differential SI-Drive "S" and "S #" I did not catch. Probably because I had to restrain myself painfully so as not to cross the line of reason on the public road. A car would have a winter extra or an ice ring. I fastened the tires on a toothier, for example, Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7, as on this instance, and - go ahead! A great option for Sunday discharge on the track.
And now I already forgot about the lack of parking sensors, without which you still feel everything without error, or, especially, the rear view camera - the gadget eternally clogged with dirt. And why this navigation, if a portable for a hundred bucks works better? Yes, and the pulse mode of the turn signals is useless if you rush along the winter track and drool of children's pleasure splashes in different directions. This is all secondary, even tertiary and, in general, uncritical. I am for eternal four-wheel values: a quartet of motor, gearbox, drive and chassis. Thank God that the brands for which it is holy are still in the world.
Thank God, there are still brands left for which driving disciplines are sacred. Thank God, there are still brands left for which driving disciplines are sacred.
Now about the competitors. In terms of power / price in the segment of all-wheel drive D-class sedans Legacy GT (6138 rubles per 1 hp) are not in the lead. The Opel Insignia ball in the OPC version (325 hp, 1 691 500 rubles - 5205 rubles / 1 hp) and 2.8 Turbo (260 hp, 1 550 500 rubles - 5963 rubles) rule the ball. / 1 hp) - both are richer. A nice offer is the luxury Infiniti G37x (330 hp, 1, 750, 000 rubles - 5, 255 rubles / 1 hp), which simply conquers with its configuration. For those who are thicker - the Czech flagship Skoda Superb 3.6 DSG 4x4 (260 hp, 1, 659, 000 rubles - 6381 rubles / 1 hp). The BMW 325 xi, Volvo S60 T6 AWD and Cadillac CTS 3.6 AWD are noticeably more expensive. However, among these strong players were not found those who could boast of permanent all-wheel drive. Unfortunately, in this price category this is atavism. Here, more compromise schemes with a Haldex clutch and other multi-disk units prevail, whose behavior depends heavily on factory calibrations and the mood of the electronics. Now Full Time 4WD can only be found in the highest premium - Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic (252 hp), prices for which start from 1, 900, 000 rubles, or Audi A4 3.2 TFSI Quattro (265 hp) - in comparable equipment will cost 2 328 700 rubles.
It turns out that the Subaru Legacy GT - the most honest all-wheel drive for the money? Check on the Smolensk ring in the battle with the strongest opponent! Be that as it may, there is a more lightweight version of the GT (both literally and figuratively) for 1, 560, 800 rubles. (5989 rub. / 1 hp) - it does not have a couple of options from a number of unnecessary chic and sports props, but there will be more stable 17-inch wheels. A real wolf in sheep's clothing!