Subaru Forester Review (2012)

Subaru Forester Review (2012)
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Subaru Forester Review (2012)

Subaru Forester Review  | Part TwoSubaru Forester Road Test

grunty noise from the engine but the Forester is not particularly quick

This generation Subaru Forester was introduced into the UK in 2008 and has long been a favourite of ‘country folk’ who enjoy its symmetrical all-wheel drive capabilities, combined with a low ratio box.

Over the years it has been given a number of makeovers and revisions.

The Subaru Forester is a crossover, a blend of car with SUV capability; it competes with the likes of Land Rover’s Freelander and the Nissan X-Trail.

We tested the middle of the range Forester 2.0i XS priced at £27,120 at the time of testing.

Performance

There is a choice of a 150ps (147 bhp) petrol engine or a 147 ps diesel, both are 2.0 litre ‘flat’ boxer engines.

Subaru sent the 150 ps 2.0 litre petrol with a five-speed manual transmission for us to test. The petrol unit is capable of 0-60 mph in 10.6 seconds (12.3 automatic) and a top speed of 114 mph. The official NEDC – fuel consumption figures are quoted as 37.7 mpg combined with CO2 emissions of 173 g/km.

On the motorway we were always left searching for a sixth gear – whilst touring we were averaging around the 33 mpg mark – this dropped to 29 mpg with more urban use.

We liked the grunty noise from the engine but the Forester is not particularly quick – but in summary apart from the lack of a 6th gear there is nothing really to complain about.

Subaru Forester Review  | Part TwoSubaru Forester Road Test

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