Drive Subaru Forester Diesel Review

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Well equipped

Roomy seat

Decent performance

No auto option

Some lag

Shapeless front seats

To say are hotting up in the medium SUV marketplace is an understatement. Not only do nearly find new Australian homes month but two of the biggest sellers, the CR-V and Toyota RAV4 recently been replaced by new

And so has the Subaru Forester. The fourth-generation is bigger than before and with the choice of three engines or the turbo-diesel tested

It’s the same engine in its predecessor, but the new Forester is bigger, equipped and ready to take on newcomers.

What do you get?

There’s a range of Foresters, kicking off the $30,990 starter model a 2.0-litre engine, through the versions, the diesels and all the way up to the range-topping XT.

Diesel versions start at but opt for the 2.0D-S tested here and set you back a not inconsiderable $43,990. All with a six-speed manual; the new CVT is not available with the oiler and won’t be in the foreseeable future.

You do get a bit more for the money, however. On top of the diesel’s package of 17-inch reversing camera, dual-zone control and other goodies, the S with leather trimmed, and powered front seats, a sat-nav, 18-inch alloys, a tail gate, keyless and ignition, automatic wipers and a folding rear seat.

What’s Inside?

The new Forester has both in length and wheelbase, and has been translated into knee room in the rear Never particularly cramped, now even more spacious ample head room and sprawling space in the back, by a low transmission tunnel for an almost floor.

The boot is compromised by the bigger, full-sized spare under the floor but it is still a amount of space and the levers flop the rear seat-back to deliver a vast, flat-floored cargo area are a nice in the S version.

From the driver’s it’s clear Subaru has any fussy styling touches but for plain, simple and relatively cues, much like the new The white-on-black main gauges are of legibility, air conditioning is controlled via dials and many functions are on the lovely three-spoke steering itself.

About the only letdowns are graphics on the central touchscreen take the driver’s eyes the road for too long, and the front while eminently adjustable via motors (the same for the seat too) are flat and

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Under the bonnet

Not much has with Subaru’s unique opposed, 2.0-litre turbo engine. It still produces of power and 350Nm of torque, it has been tweaked for slightly fuel consumption.

While the of an auto transmission may deter buyers, those with no driving a manual won’t the option. The six-speed’s action is the clutch pedal requires effort and it is far from being a to use.

The engine has a muscular mid with plenty of available once on the move, but let revs below about 1500rpm while negotiating a suburban in third gear) and there’s a between pushing the pedal and any forward progress while for the turbo to deliver boost.

Most of the time though, a relaxed and relaxing power system especially on the open when ticking along less fuel than the SUV. Expect below 8.0 on average, and far less on the highway.

On the

The diesel engine sounds and grumbly from outside, but the Forester things are relatively with particularly low levels of noise. Add to that a soft, ride over most and the Forester’s comforting demeanour is emphasised.

Full-time four-wheel (split 40/60 to front and wheels) gives security on wet and extra traction on dirt, the aided by a useful amount of clearance for light off-roading. so-called X-mode system attenuates throttle, traction and control for off-road driving is available on automatic models, so the misses out. Stop-start control is also only

On-road handling is only with an appreciable amount of roll requiring steering in faster, open corners and a to push the front tyres on tighter ones. The steering is and gives the right amount of and overall the Forester feels dependable to drive but pushes no new for its class.


Subaru has a good job of building a roomy and mid-size SUV which, in the case of the is particularly well-equipped for the price. The drawback is the lack of an auto which not only counts out customers, but means some of the available on other Forester doesn’t make it into variant.

Quiet, soft-riding, with fuel consumption and enough at anything except low engine it’s also largely a to drive. Those who are happy to their own gears are going to it.

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