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Overall Rating

Interior
On The Road
Ancap
Value For Money

General

Country of Origin
JAPAN
Price
$36,490 (plus on-road costs)
Engine
4 Cylinders
Output
108 kW / 350 Nm
Transmission
Manual

Safety

ANCAP Rating
5
Airbags
Driver & Passenger (Dual), Head for 2nd Row Seats, Side for 1st Row Occupants (Front), Head for 1st Row Seats (Front)

Efficiency

L/100 km
6
C02
158 g/km

Towing and Luggage

Luggage Capacity
490 L
Towing (braked)
1600 kg
Towing (unbraked)
750 kg

Tony O'Kane | Nov 23, 2010 | 8 Comments

SUBARU FORESTER REVIEW

VEHICLE STYLE: 4WD Wagon
PRICE: $39,990

Engine: 2.0 litre turbo-diesel boxer four
Outputs: 108kW / 350Nm
Transmission: Six-speed manual
Official fuel efficiency: 6.4 L/100km
On test fuel efficiency: 7.4 L/100km
CO2 emissions: 168g/km

 

OVERVIEW

The 2010 Subaru Forester 2.0D diesel adds another diesel model to the company's Australian line-up, joining the Outback 2.0D diesel which debuted in 2009.

Available in two trim levels, we tested the high-spec Forester 2.0D Premium version.

 

INTERIOR

  • Quality: Plastic quality is average, but the cabin is pleasingly rattle-free. Square cupholders however do a poor job of holding cups.
  • Comfort: Front leather seats lack support, but are comfortable on short to medium-length drives. Leg and headroom, in both front and rear, is surprisingly good for a relatively compact car.
  • Equipment: The Forester 2.0D Premium gets a trip computer, sunroof, cruise control, climate control, power driver's seat, power windows, a six-stacker CD player with auxillary input, 17-inch alloys and xenon headlamps as standard.
  • Storage: With the rear seat-back raised, there's 460 litres of luggage space. Seats folded (which can be done via two electric switches in the boot), there's a sizable 1610 litres available.
 

ON THE ROAD

  • Driveability: Car-like steering and plenty of torque make light work of most urban driving, and all-round visibility is good. The lack of an automatic transmission is a definite shortcoming, but the clutch is light and the shifter is smooth.

    An all-wheel-drive SUV with good ground clearance and a proven drivetrain, the Forester is capable of lighter forays off-road. It is best considered however a versatile, safe and sure-footed family wagon.
  • Refinement: Noise and vibration from the diesel transmits into the cabin at idle, but isn't too overbearing once underway. Wind noise however can be a little intrusive at highway speeds.
  • Suspension: The suspension is set up to be soft and compliant, and it delivers a smooth ride without being too ‘wallowy’. The Forester is very comfortable on most road surfaces, although there is noticeable body-roll when cornering.
  • Braking: Pedal feel is quite soft, but the disc brakes have no issue slowing the Forester's 1600-odd kilos.
 

SAFETY

  • ANCAP rating: 5 Stars
  • Safety features: Front, side and curtain airbags are standard, and all seats feature three-point seatbelts. ABS, EBD, stability control and traction control are also standard.
 

WARRANTY AND SERVICING

  • Warranty: 3 year/unlimited km new car warranty.
  • Service costs: Service intervals are every six months or 12,500km, with the first two services costing under $250. The first major service is due at 24 months/50,000km and costs just under $500.
 

HOW IT COMPARES | VALUE FOR MONEY

  • Peugeot 4007 ST HDi - $41,490: Essentially a diesel-engined Peugeot-faced version of Mitsubishi's Outlander, the 4007 comes with either a six-speed manual or an excellent twin-clutch auto. It also produces more power (115kW) and torque (380Nm) than the Forester. (Click for 4007 reviews)
  • Nissan X-Trail TL – $42,990: The most expensive of the Forester's competitors, the X-Trail TL also packs in the most equipment for the money, with sat-nav, a reversing camera, DVD player, power/heated front seats, iPod connectivity and keyless entry/ignition all standard. (Click for X-Trail reviews)
 

TMR VERDICT | OVERALL

The Forester 2.0D Premium may not be the plushest light-duty SUV around, but unlike most of the competition (with on-demand AWD), it has a proper 4WD drivetrain and generous ground clearance.

The absence of an automatic model may be its undoing, but the basic package makes for a competent – and relatively fuel-efficient - family wagon.

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