The new Subaru Legacy Tourer offers more space than its predecessor. Rear-seat space in particular is now far better, so adults should be comfortable on long trips. All but one small item of holiday luggage could be squeezed in the boot, which holds 526 litres with the rear seats up and 1677 with them lowered.
Look under the boot floor, though, and you won’t find a spare wheel. There’s a repair kit instead, and Subaru doesn’t recommend towing with a repaired tyre, although to be fair, a spare wheel is available as an option.
Most judges enjoyed towing with the Legacy. Stability at high speeds was excellent, and the Al-Ko ATC system showed very little movement from the caravan when slowing from 70mph. Through the lane-change test the back of the car moved around only slightly.
The hill-start tests were tackled with ease, and the four-wheel-drive transmission would have come into its own in wet weather. However, the stiff, notchy gearbox did the car no favours, and the 30-60mph time of 17.4 seconds lagged behind many rivals. The firm ride wasn’t to everyone’s taste, either.
That price tag doesn’t help its cause. The Skoda is a better estate car, has the edge for towing and costs much less to buy and run.