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The Latest Subaru Forester

The Latest Subaru Forester

The Forester has been with us since 1997 and has since gone through four incarnations. Starting life as, effectively, a pumped up estate car beloved of country folk, it has morphed over the years through the early stages of life in the SUV world until finally reaching maturity in 2012. That’s the latest version in the photos and it is now a fully fledged adult SUV.

The car in the pictures is an XC version with a 2.0L turbo-diesel boxer engine developing 147bhp. The punch comes from 350lb/ft of torque which comes in low and easy making for a sprightly turn of pace – the traffic light sprint to 62mph is a perfectly acceptable 10.2 seconds and speed tops out just shy of 120.

The first thing to say is that it is physically big yet doesn’t seem so when driving. This may be due to its Impreza DNA. There’s a huge amount of grip on offer from the 50:50 drive distribution and rear Limited Slip Diff.  The boot is vast and well shaped with an easy load base. It’s an easy car to drive. Subaru reckon the Forester XC diesel will average 47mpg and that’s not far off what can be expected in the real world.

The latest Forester offers lots of space and equipment. It is solidly built with a functional if unexciting interior. It’s a much better looking car than its predecessor with smoother, sleeker lines. As a Subaru it has a certain reputation to uphold; one that suggests ruggedness and reliability rather than trendy design tweaks or urban pretensions.FOR1 The Latest Subaru Forester

On twisting roads the Forester belies its size and cracks along with decent in-gear acceleration. For a car designed to be content to go down green lanes as well as motorways there has always got to be a compromise in handling but overall, body roll is controlled and the ride comfortable.

Inside, the functionality continues. The dashboard is uncluttered and the usual controls make an appearance on the steering wheel. Overall, we liked it. The rear view camera screen is too small and a bit distant. The system works well enough and, curiously for such a big car, the Forester is very easy to park, but I‘d like the bigger picture. The driving position is good. There’s plenty of adjustment and the driver sits, enthroned, with a lofty command of the surroundings.

This is the ideal ride for the outdoorsy family but this car will always be a niche choice. Subaru have taken care to leave the bling to others and stuck to their guns. This is a good thing. There are petrol models and an option for them is a couple of  ‘sport’ modes but we’d suggest that this diesel is the one that buyers will go for. The Forester is worth the money, around £27k, and will, we believe, provide long-term reliable transport. Recommended.

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