New Subaru Forester review |

31 Dec 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on New Subaru Forester review |


Neil Dowling tests and reviews the new Subaru with specs, fuel and verdict.

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The SUV polishes its credentials in the face of opposition. Cheaper running and a superior automatic open the to Subaru#39;s fightback in Australia#39;s new-vehicle segment.

Prices are low – thanks to a new entry-level with a smaller engine while the feature list Even Subaru#39;s safety-sharp and EyeSight driver assistance is standard on the top model.

But Subaru is that rivals have busy. Honda punched out a new last month, Toyota show its new RAV4 in February, a new Mitsubishi Outlander and a bigger-engine for CX-5.

But Subaru has an ace up its sleeve. Australia boss Nick says it’s no pretender and is the city car for dirty weekends. rivals trend away getting dirty, Subaru ups the off-road ability.

True, it has dropped the low-range from the manual gearbox but there#39;s a new electronic program called X-Mode – prepares the wagon for more dirt duty.

Forester showrooms in February starting at $31,000 – around the as the outgoing model. But the spec is The new base model has the two-litre engine from the smaller XV Impreza) models and comes as a six-speed manual.

Subaru boss Nick Senior a 2-litre CVT auto is on the cards, not yet.

The 2.5-litre version come in at about $35,000 aren’t known until and that’s the same engine as the car. But though there’s a bit of a price rise, the feature is far bigger and the wagon is a much ride.

The platform is basically the as the outgoing wagon, crimped and there to flatten the central bump and stretched to add 25mm to the and 35mm to the length. It#39;s 35mm higher, sits on a that#39;s up to 20mm wider and body width remains the the doors are less bowed and the trim is less obtrusive.

Add in the windscreen pillars that are 200mm forward – the cab design sprouted in the 1990s and Subaru claims a much more airy interior and room for rear seat

The cabin gets soft-touch and improved material quality and the of the interior is now much more and better reflects the Subaru standard. There is an electric gate option on some

Two problems, one solution. Forester has a reputation for a high fuel without delivering much in the way of The old four-speed auto is now out and replaced the continuously-variable transmission used on the Impreza sedan on which the is based.

Fuel savings are quite

The 2.5-litre manual version has a 8.1 thirst, a big improvement on the current 9.3 L/100km average. There#39;s no change to the 126kW/235Nm 2.5-litre petrol engine or 108kW/350Nm turbo-diesel, but there is a new entry-level petrol four – from the XV and Impreza – 110kW/198Nm.

But, like the model, it comes only a manual gearbox. At least, for The X-Mode is an off-road package on the CVT models.

It cleverly juggles individually to any of the four wheels traction, incorporates downhill and adjusts ESC and traction control. is standard on all petrol Foresters and is one of the for the improved fuel economy.

is trumpeting a five-star rating and in the big gun with its brilliant EyeSight forward vision aid. seen last year on Liberty models and similar to the City Safety, the Subaru is standard on the ultimate Forester model and optional on the penultimate

It uses stereo cameras 3D imaging to scan, identify and with the vehicle#39;s brake to avoid frontal collisions, drifting and low-speed crashes. with the adaptive cruise it will lock onto the ahead and autonomously slow, and accelerate to maintain a safe

It also incorporates pre-collision brake assist (enhances pressure), throttle management accidental acceleration when an is ahead), lane departure fatigue warning and start (warns when the car ahead has away). All new Foresters get seven more high-tensile steel in the cell construction, aluminium paddle shifters for the automatic and six-speaker audio with connectivity and Bluetooth.

First up, the Train spotters will that when it comes to the engine line-up, not much has So the diesel remains punchy but only in a relatively narrow between 2000rpm and 4000rpm.

It can below 2000rpm and is weak 1500rpm.

That brings to the surface the problem – there’s only a manual gearbox. says a CVT auto diesel coming but there’s no arrival The diesel is also still but mainly for people on the outside of the Inside it’s audible at but diminishes to silence at cruising. to the outgoing model, the gearbox crisper.

Compared with in its class, it needs an auto but drives with commendable comfort and on-road surety.

The petrol has been tweaked but slightly. It’s the best Previously, it was a thirsty beast – in automatic – was a tired drive. Now it’s thanks to the smooth CVT box.

also quietened down the and brought it well within set by decent mid-size passenger – an admirable boost to appeal and one that will swing sedan buyers the SUV sector.

The 2.5 isn’t particularly revvy but has acceleration. It cruises particularly and is quite adept at dismissing the of rough bitumen roads. On the it is even more surprising, excellent stability that the wagon’s height.

Very and very surefooted manners this SUV is now almost in the upper-market sedan bracket for ride and

Subaru Forester

Price: about $31,000

Onsale: 2013

Warranty: 3 years/unlimited km

interval: 6 months/10,000km

Safety: 7 ABS, EBD, EBA, TC

rating: 5-star

Engines: 4-cyl petrol, 110kW/198Nm, 4-cyl petrol, 126kW/235Nm, 4-cyl turbo-diesel, 108kW/350Nm

7.2L/100km; 168g/km CO2 (2.0 8.1L/100km; 187g/km CO2 (2.5); 156g/km CO2 (diesel)

Dimensions: (L), 1.8m (W), (H)

Weight: 1498-1600kg

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