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Love it! But! All owners will tell you the suspension is painful at times
I love my levorg! It was by chance I saw one for sale in Perth WA. There was only one for sale at the time I had not seen this car before, I test drove it and fell in love! I’ve now had it for just over a year I have an 2018 GTS 1.6L I went from a Toyota Corolla, definitely an upgrade. The main issues I have found with the car:
-suspension over speed bumps non existent!
-prefer to drive in sports mode ALL the time I find intelligent mode to slow..
-terrible sound system
-terrible car maps
-wish the exhaust had a little more sound to it to match the look.
Other than this I love it!
-loads of cameras I can see front, passenger side, rear via cameras,
-Lane departure is really good,...
Purchased in October 2019 at Holden Dealers for $32,000.00.
Would I buy another Levorg after owning one for 4 years ?
As a performance car addict and having owned 2 WRX’s ,Evo 10 and Focus RS plus a Mustang GT I can honestly say with all the Levorg’s suspension issues I absolutely love this car ( not the CVT) ! If it was a manual I would be in heaven !
Purchased in January 2017.
2018 - LEVORG - 2 year honest review.
I have now done 50,000klm in this car and overall I love it.
It has been my first Subaru and hopefully not the last. This is my daily drive. Fuel efficiency around 9lt/100klm.
Would I buy one again or second hand - ABSOLUTELY!
Firstly the negative, the main one is that suspension problem, you can solve a lot of the big bang issues with the suspension with changing the tyres. I just changed to Dunlop Sport MaXX RT tyres and there is significantly less road noise and more importantly far less impact when hitting pot holes.... This is a far less costly option than replacing the suspension. With the standard tyres (Dunlop Sport Maxx) the suspension bottoms out on pot holes. You would often wince when you saw one and do everything you can to avoid it. For a car of this price point I would have appreciated Android or Apple car play and a heads up display which this model doesn't have. Also why is there no option for an upgraded stereo, the standard one is just terrible, no bass and or tweeters. Yet, the WRX has a Hardon Kardon option. Don't get me started on why this isn't called a WRX wagon, yes yes I know its not t he same as a WRX, but I call it a WRX wagon and I WONT STOP! LOL.
Purchased in February 2018 at Subaru Dealers for $55,000.00.
A great package, really enjoying my Levorg 2.0 STI so far
Good afternoon from Victoria, Australia.
Just a short note to introduce myself as I bought my 2019 Levorg 2.0 STI as a demo in September 2020, and at 195cm with a large build it has been great, very happy for the moment and looking forward to taking a long trip in 2021.
Only adding a few items and waiting for the Flexible Draw Stiffener F & the Flexible Support Sub Frame R to arrive early next year.
Looking forward to many years of enjoyable driving, fun and interesting times as this is the 1st Subaru I have owned.
Did all my rese...
Purchased in September 2020.
Do not buy!! Gearbox shudder Is ‘normal’
I have a 2016 2.0L GT Levorg. This was my dream car, what a nightmare it has turned out to be!! At 25000kms we had a new gearbox installed because of a shudder, at 30000kms we had another new gearbox Installed because of a shudder, unfortunately the shudder returned and now we are advised that ALL Levorgs have a gearbox shudder and it is normal operation of the CVT. The Subaru dealers have done all they can to help but unfortunately Subaru head office Refuse to help. Now stuck with a lemon I can’t sell. Advice; avoid the Levorg like the plague!!
Great car, shame about the ride
I own a MY19 Levorg STI. I find the car great. Good looking, comfortable and quick enough for a wagon. Like others here with the same car, the suspension is terrible. I'm not talking about having to slow down for speed bumps, that's a given.
The car regularly hits the suspension stops and bottoms out on the smallest of potholes producing a large "BANG" noise. This can't be safe and could be damaging the car. The suspension also bottoms out when transitioning onto some bridges where there is a small upramp.
I am wondering is this a fault with ...some of the Levorg's as some report the ride to be smooth and others say it bottoms out regularly? It shouldn't be the extreme difference in ride? The STI's are pretty rare, so comparing mine to another is hard. I have seen a few parked and the ride height looked higher on the STI's i, saw especially at the back. Subaru, what can we do about this?
Modifications required to bring it "up to scratch". Suspension is bad. Reliability issues.
I really liked the Levorg when I first got it. Its incredibly practical, yet not much bigger (physically) than a WRX. Despite what some people say about CVT's I actually think this CVT is good as it's very smooth, always in the power band and keeps on top of the torque. However there are downsides.
The factory infotainment system is the same as all other Subaru's on this platform; rubbish. The audio quality from the head-unit is pretty bad and Bluetooth hands free quality isn't great either. Resolved by replacing head unit, upgrading speakers,...and adding sound dampening to door ($1.5k) Secondly...the suspension. I have the GT-S, so its got the Bilstein's. I'm used to driving modified cars and harsh coilovers, but this suspension set-up is not sporty...its just bad. Very crashy, bottoms out too easily, and responds poorly to uneven dips in the road at highway speeds. Solved by replacing suspension with aftermarket coilovers ($2k). Other than that, very quiet, looks great for a wagon, quick enough. Fuel economy is horrendous for city driving (12l/100km), but on the highway or roundtrip it'll do half that. I averaged 6.2l driving from Gold Coast to Sydney. UPDATE: A year on after writing my initial review, more things added to the negatives list. The car is becoming expensive to keep on the road as build quality issues are becoming more apparent. Leather on steering wheel started peeling, body paint extremely soft and thin, and gets damaged very easily. At 62,000kms I had to replace the turbo due to excessive oil consumption and blue smoke.
Purchased in November 2019.
Just purchased a 2019 MY20 Subaru Levorg GT-S just before Christmas. Love the car but, this has the worst suspension in the world. I'm not driving it on a race track, Rebound is terrible! Suspension bottoms out on small pot holes and over speed bumps. Someone will get killed driving this car and I guess this is when Subaru Australia might listen.
Purchased in December 2019.
Great car, Great Value
Used for my daily 50km commute and recreation/camping a couple of times a month. Several long interstate trips as well. Reasonably economical, very comfortable and I'm bigger than average! Controls and accessories all work very well for me and absolutely meet expectations of a modern car. Wish there was a HUD. 2.0 litre Sti motor has plenty of power. Manual sports modes are fun too! Handling is excellent, ride is definitely on the firm side.
Purchased in April 2019 at Subaru Dealers for $47,000.00.
Completely different experience to the ones that have complained.
I have found the Levorg STi Sport (not a real STi) that I picked up last week to be a complete and refined vehicle. It seems those complaining did not take one for a proper test drive as all these things would have been obvious when test driving.
The Bluetooth works perfectly for me. No issues with connectivity or sound quality. Even in the middle of a call when I walk up to the car, get in, start, it switches over to hands free perfectly. Complaining about a one-step process to shut down but a two-step process to open seems funny to me.
It's...correct that you have to retract the external mirrors manually, however, if you switch off the engine before you do this it's actually very simple to turn on the accessories to move the mirrors. In any case I retract the mirrors just 1% of the time if that. You do not need to start the car to move the mirrors. If I need to open all doors I press the fob twice and it opens all doors always. It's not that hard. Even without using the fob, if you press the passenger door handle it opens all doors which is perfect to throw stuff in the front and assist my three year old getting in the car. On the weekend I went for a blast on the Old Pacific Hwy. For those familiar with this stretch of road, it has a combination of fast and slow bends, long and short straights, some smooth sections, some rough sections and a number of bumps and dips throughout. Not once did the suspension crash, hit the bump stops, or skittle across corrugated sections. It only inspired more confidence the more I pushed. 19 years ago I owned a Version 6 STi so I know what a car with similar DNA should be able to achieve at pace on that piece of road. I agree that it has some excellent intelligent drive features, I also enjoy the various camera positions available, it has excellent performance and the CVT is what all other CVTs should be. I took it for a thorough test drive prior to purchase and I am a very happy new owner.
Purchased in February 2019.
Unfinished design - extremely disappointed
I expect Subaru to make completely finished and refined vehicles. The Liberty Wagon of 2005-2009 era was one of the best cars they produced when it came to luxury, comfort and drive. After destroying this category with the ex-IGA, I was excited when they released the Levorg. I came back to the brand after a long absence. During the test drive, I was impressed with the intelligent drive system, the luxury of the interior and the responsiveness of the engine. I placed my order and waited 5 months for the build and delivery from Japan.
The Levo...rg is a beautiful car, however, Subaru have failed to deliver on the most BASIC of driver convenience features! Complete Fails: BLUETOOTH - easily the worst bluetooth system of any car I have come across! It barely passes the most basic test. Every person on the other end complains that they cannot hear me, there is significant background noise, that the line is very poor and that they can only make out every few words. This is regardless of whether I am parked, driving or idling. It is completely useless for use when driving. For the record, my phone carrier is Telstra and I often have full signal so the issue is with the bluetooth system. The voice command part of this system is also atrocious and rarely if ever works. It also takes about 10 mins to initialise. Push Button Start/stop - when turning off the engine, using the "Stop Engine" button, the car completely shuts down! This means that if you are on a phone call, the bluetooth system shuts down. If the windscreen wipers are on, they stop immediately (even if they are in the middle of the windscreen! Whatever happened to a two step process to shut down the car (like every other car on the market)??
Luxury, Sporty... in a Wagon!!
The car is incredible to drive, for a wagon. The handling is fantastic and has many similarities to that of its predecessor (liberty wagon/wrx wagon). The turbocharged engine has plenty of oomph, however with the additional weight they could have made the STI the same 221kw motor as the WRX. The stock tyres are quite noisy and are not great in corners. The motor is quiet and all safety features are quite easy to use. The interior is luxurious. The seats are comfortable and quite adjustable. The dash and instruments are neat and easy to use, ho...wever the steering wheel is overcrowded with buttons. The running costs are reasonable having to run minimum 95, but on highways can get up 700km a tank with ease. Town driving is around 450km a tank
Took delivery of one of the first GTS spec B Levorgs that arrived in Aus mid June 2016. Wife and i were excited about taking delivery after waiting some 9 months for car to be released and to arrive. Almost immediately noticed the poor suspension setup, particularly front. Way too soft and continually bottomed out on its internal bump stops on even the most minor bumps and road undulations.Hit a big bump and look out! Rear end also way too soft and wallowed around significantly. Dangeous & terrible to drive.
Reported to Subaru Australia on nu...
Excellent vehicle with one major issue
Overall i love this vehicle, ample power from the 2.0L turbo, ok fuel economy, spacious for my family and looks great. Only issue i have is the suspension which is not good enough. Driving in country areas where the roads are not flat at times the car feels like its about to bottom out. There has been times drinks have spilt due to how bumpy it gets. subaru australia has given me the usual response and no real help.
The Borg after 4 months
I have the base GT version (in Australia) and it is just like a wagon version of a WRX. Great handling and the ride is as expected... that is not soft, but it is not hard. Saying that though, the ride height is too low for rough dirt roads, othewise it's ok. Driving position is good and the seats are better for me than in the Forester.
The front and rear overhang has to be consideredwhen negotiating gutters and vehicle ferries. Haven't run up enough kms yet to consider pushing the car, but even on moderate throttle, it goes as expected. ...The CVT is great and when using manual mode, the ratios are fixed for each gear (8 speeds in S# mode which is great, but usually use I mode around town. Hardly ever use manual mode in town, but do use the paddles which forces manual mode for a short time. Little engine braking when selecting lower gears. The interior is Subaru standard, which is good, unusually I have an intermittent buzzing in the dash on the left when its been in the such for a while (or on a 34C day) - leaving it until next service. Good sized boot area (but it wouldn't fit a 100 litre wheelbarrow already assembled! What's the world coming to. Definitely do not like the 6 months service period is Australia.... certainly a rip off, when everywhere else it is 12 months. ie: 6 months or 12500km intervals.
Questions & Answers
I wrote a letter and sent an email to Subaru Australia customer relations about the suspension in my GT-S. They didn't even have the courtesy to reply, let alone try to work with me for a solution. What is the next steps an owner can take when abandoned by the Australian reseller?
I dunno. Consumer affairs?
What is the actual issue?
Hi Mark, thank you for reaching out. We are sorry to hear that you have not yet received a response from our Customer Relations Team. Could you please advise further details so we can help locate your email? We look forward in a response.
The Subaru Team
How do i do better fuel economy?
You get better fuel economy by not planting the foot on the accelerator! The Levorg goes pretty quick when you ask it - but watch the fuel gauge go down with it! I have found when traveling long distances on the most expensive fuel, I can get down to 6.8 litres per 100k, using cruise control.
Is this GT or the GT-S model? I have heard mixed reports about the GT-S being a little firm for day to day driving. I found the GT fine upon test but yet to try the GT-s
Yes. GT-S has firmer shock absorber than the GT. It is firmer in ride.
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