It was a unique car when it first arrived, and though it lacks some of the glitz and glamour of its fresher competitors, it’s still one to look at for anybody chasing a rugged, go anywhere wagon that’s safe and practical.
WHAT STANDS OUT
Subaru’s trademark all-wheel drive system makes the high-riding Forester handy on gravel trails. It’s well-mannered around town yet able to tackle loose terrain with its X-Mode driving functions.
Forester’s ride, handling and steering are well above average. In fact, in its price range Forester is one of the best SUVs to drive. Only the base, petrol model has a manual gearbox. All others come with a CVT auto as standard.
A spacious interior and excellent visibility are highlights of the Forester. It has a big back seat, flexible seating and steering wheel positions, and even the least expensive model is comfortable inside. It feels well-made and durable. All foresters have seven airbags and a reversing camera, and this most recent model was upgraded to make it quieter inside.
The XT Premium and 2.5i-S models get a package of active safety technology called EyeSight. It includes radar cruise control, fatigue alerts, lane keeping assists and collision avoidance systems. Top-tier models also get a powered tailgate, leather seats, LED headlights and satellite navigation. Infotainment in other models is fairly basic.
Forester has a range of petrol and diesel engines to choose from. The 2.0-litre diesel is our pick. Its fuel efficient, powerful enough to tow a camper trailer or boat, and feels quick around town with its low-down torque. If your budget stretches to the ‘S’ model, you can get the diesel in a more luxurious package with lots of standard equipment.
If you’re after an SUV with even bigger engine performance, you shouldn’t go past the Forester XT and its turbocharged petrol engine taken from the WRX sedan.
Keen drivers who need the practical abilities of an SUV but still wanting something that’s good to drive will be encourage to learn that you can have both. The Subaru Forester is capable, safe and won’t leave you feeling bored behind the wheel.
Click here to read the full review on the Subaru Forester range.