It is not hard to see that the Subaru Forester 2.5i-L AWD is an all round performer in terms of a multi purpose medium size SUV. The on road feel is a great experience with the tested version coming in at $42,200 (on road) with a 5 year/unlimited Km warranty and 5 year capped price servicing
The powertrain is not too different from Subaru’s previous offerings with the 2.5Lt 4 cylinder Boxer engine (horizontally opposed) with 7 speed CVT transmission coupled to the active torque split symetrical all wheel drive system.
On road the Forester has 17” Alloys, along with 63Lt fuel tank, vehicle stability control, traction control, hill start assist, lane change assist, adaptive cruise control, emergency brake assistance, reverse assist, along with in cab features like Android Auto and Apple Car play on a 5” screen size with DAB Radio.
The power plant is not as powerful as we had expected and we found the engine had to be up in the rev range to develop reasonable torque. Its paddle shift is arguably just a gimmick as we can not see the purpose of using a paddle shift in something this docile. We weren’t a fan of the engine auto shut off we found it as crude as a Massey 35 when re-starting but these are minor issues you can easily look past. The all-wheel drive allows excellent handling and it feels great on the road. No doubt this is at home on gravel and dirt tracks.
The Forester in terms of on road safety is probably one of the safest cars in the mid size SUV market. Clearly this performance is derived by the symmetrical all-wheel drive system and overall, on road performance. There is no doubt the car tracks well on road. We can completely understand that the Forester remains the choice for those buyers who want to get into an SUV but would rather feel like they’re behind the wheel of a car.
At a glance
|Subaru Forester 2.5i-L AWD||Spec|
|Engine||Boxer 4-cylinder 2.5lt|
|Power/Torque||137kW / 239Nm|
|Drive||Active Torque Split AWD|
|City Fuel Economy||9.3L/100km|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 star|
As tested by Nick Dicembre on the 13th of May 2021