Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Legacy Is Smooth as Clockwork; STEVE HUGHES and a Motoring Colleague Put Subaru's New Diesel-Powered Legacy to the Test by Driving from the Geneva Motor Show Back to Britain in a Day

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Legacy Is Smooth as Clockwork; STEVE HUGHES and a Motoring Colleague Put Subaru's New Diesel-Powered Legacy to the Test by Driving from the Geneva Motor Show Back to Britain in a Day

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Byline: STEVE HUGHES

GENEVA is an hour ahead of GMT and my mission was to travel from their G to our G in the shortest time possible behind the wheel of the world's latest diesel-powered family car.

Subaru's star of the Geneva Motor Show is its new diesel Legacy, which lined up alongside the latest Forester that will also become an oil-burner together with the Impreza.

The arrival of a diesel option is a major milestone for the Japanese car company. Subaru is famous for its flat-four engines and the latest diesel model carries on that tradition by using the Boxer format, which makes the unit more compact and has a lower centre of gravity.

It is the world's first horizontally-opposed turbo diesel engine, rather than being upright or at 45 degrees in a V format.

Subaru passed the keys to myself and a colleague to undertake a marathon drive from Switzerland to England in a single day.

After a night of sub-zero temperatures, the Boxer engine fired up and we were off on our 550-mile drive to London.

It was 8am there and 7am here, with the car's satnav suggesting a route that would take 10 hours to complete.

A bonus would be the gift of an extra hour when we emerged from the Channel Tunnel, thanks to switching back to GMT.

Subaru decided to roll out its new four cylinder two-litre turbocharged diesel engine beneath the bonnet of the Legacy family range first, to which it is most ideally suited.

The Legacy saloon and Sport Touring models have previously been powered by petrol engines of 2.0 and 3.0-litres with up to 240bhp to haul around five adults. However, there is a price to pay for such power, with economy as low as 23mpg in the case of the 3.0-litre petrol version.

The new diesel model addresses that by generating about 1 50bhp of power, with claims of average economy of up to 50mpg.

The first part of our journey was through congested urban areas, which highlighted the engine's flexibility without the need for constant gear changing.

The engine felt generally smooth and pretty quiet for an oil-burner, even when stationary.

Pulling away from the lights and moving up though the gears it feels fairly frisky, as is endorsed by the 0-60mph acceleration time of eight and a half seconds. …

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