Subaru Forester 2.0 Diesel Premium Review

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  • Country of Origin
  • Price
    $36,490 (plus on-road costs)
  • Engine
    4 Cylinders
  • Output
    108 kW / 350 Nm
  • Transmission
  • ANCAP Rating
  • Airbags
    Driver & Passenger (Dual), Head for 2nd Row Seats, Side for 1st Row Occupants (Front), Head for 1st Row Seats (Front)
  • L/100 km
  • C02
    158 g/km
  • Luggage Capacity
    490 L
  • Towing (braked)
    1600 kg
  • Towing (unbraked)
    750 kg
Tony O'Kane | Nov 23, 2010 | 8 Comments


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


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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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: 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.


  • 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)


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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  • Devil's Advocate says,
    5 years ago
    What is it about Subaru at the moment with their "ice cream container" plastics? Sure they fit really well, but they aren't very nice to touch etc. Such stark contrast to something like the previous model Liberty.
  • Steven Hambleton says,
    5 years ago
    I don't care about the plastics, I don't touch them all day, it's the front seat design they should be worried about. Bugger all under thigh support and side support. They need more cushion length and the option to tilt the whole seat back and not just forward.
  • PeterG says,
    5 years ago
    Seats have always been a problem.Maybe no one has told them?
  • PeterG says,
    5 years ago
    Perhaps Ward you prefer to drive standing up ?
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    Martin1491 says,
    5 years ago
    1 like
    40 grand? I'd have a new Sportage.
  • says,
    5 years ago
    I actually own 2010 Forester Diesel premium, and I had it for the last 4months and the car has done 7,00km. i do agree with all the comment made by the reporter. from my experience, the fuel economy is somewhat different to the what the Manufacturer is claming to be. I am averaging around 7.2L per 100km combined. I don't have lead foot. The problem with the car is that it lacks in pulling power and a notch gear box with a huge gap in the first and second gears. I have had 2006 NissanST-S X-trail, which I have sold for $13,000 after 5years, and had problems with the vehicle that I told myself that I would not buy Nissan ever again. in hindsight, I should bought Kia or Hyundai. they are better cars. The Forester is good a good car, but not for $43,000 that I have paid for.
  • Cyrus Karimi says,
    3 years ago
    1 like
    Give advice on used Subaru forester diesel

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