ENTRY level cars are sometimes a good buy although many are rather light on standard equipment but I have just been driving an entry level four wheel drive estate that even has satellite navigation as standard kit, writes Bryan Longworth.
This must surely be a first in the volume world of motoring but Subaru has just launched such a car, the Legacy Tourer ES Nav, which is the new entry level to the five model range costing £21,995.
And as well as the touch screen sat nav this Legacy also has an electrically operated driver’s seat, dual zone climate control, cruise control, automatic headlights and wipers and one touch fold down rear seats.
Which all goes to make this entry level model even better value than ever especially as it is also an all wheel drive car making it ideal for winter motoring - I wish I had had it last November when 18 inches of snow made my road impassable to two wheel drive cars.
The Legacy ES Nav is available with either a six speed manual gearbox or CVT automatic with steering wheel paddles for manual changing linking the 2.0-litre 150bhp petrol engine to the four driving wheels.
This provides a top speed of 120mph, a zero to 62mph acceleration time of 11.3 seconds and a combined fuel consumption of nearly 35mpg.
My test car had the automatic transmission, which provided very smooth changes and a very relaxed period of motoring during my week with the latest Subaru.
The latest Legacy Tourer also has a more purposeful look about it being built on an all new platform with a longer wheelbase plus improved crash safety that rates a five star Euro NCAP safety rating.
Inside there is a quality feel about the car with spacious and comfortable seats and very user friendly controls and instruments.
At the rear there is a very accessible and roomy load area with security cover but there is no spare wheel underneath only a puncture kit - I prefer a spare wheel after having a nasty experience with a puncture pack while driving abroad.
The test car had a nice feel about the steering and it had excellent roadholding qualities which made it a very enjoyable car for a driver.
I reckon that Subaru will have pulled off a canny marketing ploy with this sat nav model which should give a boost to the Legacy Tourer sales.
My Verdict: The ultimate entry level car.
Model: Subaru Legacy Tourer ES Nav.
Engine: 2.0-litre Boxer petrol.
Transmission: CVT automatic.
Top speed: 120mph.
Acceleration: 0 to 62mph 11.3 seconds.
Fuel consumption: 34.9mpg.
CO2 emissions: 187g/km.