Motor review - Subaru Forester

PUBLISHED: 00:33 08 February 2014

Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester

not Archant

Tough and dependable are the watchwords of the Subaru Forester, as Syd Taylor disovers

In the world of rallying, Subaru is a byword for dependability and success in the most gruelling conditions imaginable. It’s no wonder then that the new Forester is a car that makes real driving adventure accessible as well.

Utterly tough and reliable, these cars say as much about the good sense of their owners as the top quality of their engineering as they eschew flashy style for solidity.

Renowned 4x4 technology imparts leech-like grip, tenacious versatility and ‘go-anywhere, do-anything’ confidence. There’s no trickery here; just honest ‘fit for purpose’ utility with all the added comforts one might desire, but not necessarily expect, in a car of this class.

The new fourth generation Forester is now longer, taller, wider and with more space inside and the 2.0 D XC tested - at £26,765 - comes with sat nav, a reversing camera, and a host of other features including ‘dual’ climate control.

Tough though the new Forester certainly is, the inside is packed with thoughtful touches. Warm, spacious and inviting, there’s all the ambience and quality of a luxury car, but there’s no unnecessary adornment or excess.

With lots of room for five adults and their luggage, intelligent use is made of space - and the flexibility offered by permutations of ‘seats up/down/half up or down’, means that you can change from cruise liner to cargo ship in an instant. Six airbags are there just in case - and the rigid structure of this Subaru is not so far off Challenger Tank strength.

But how does the Forester feel behind the wheel? You sit tall and enjoy good visibility - and the range of seat adjustment lets anyone from a delicate princess to Jethro the farm labourer, get comfortable.

Cars like this often wallow when the roads are twisty - but not the new Forester which displays surprisingly agile handling. Powered by a 148 bhp 2.0 litre 4 cylinder diesel engine, you can tow that heavy trailer or zip along through the gears in a sporty manner. The Forester will reach nearly 120 mph so you always have plenty of performance available.

Surprisingly, this substantial car returned more than 50 mpg overall during a week of merciless testing: the makers modestly claim just 49.6 mpg. This seems to reflect the whole ethos of the Subaru marque. Where other manufacturers make economy claims of millions of miles per gallon thanks to a following hurricane, Subaru are straight and true.

More from Motoring

Tue, 18:00

Start your outdoor adventure at The Yorkshire Motorhome & Accessory Show in the picturesque town of Harrogate. Returning for its 7th year, this outdoor leisure event has everything you need to kickstart your new life on the road.

Read more
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

A Porsche showroom was converted into a catwalk for a racy fashion event showcasing the clothes of Chester-based designer Matthew O’Brien

Read more
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The new DBS Superleggera is the fastest and most powerful car that Aston Martin have ever produced

Read more
Monday, October 22, 2018

Historic farm buildings in Essendon have undergone a multi-million pound redevelopment to host a different kind of animal – heritage Aston Martin cars. Richard Burton visits the state-of-the-art showroom and workshops

Read more
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Gamekeepers and the ‘ton up’ boys learned to live in harmony – and for a time they somehow made it work!

Read more
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Bolesworth Castle was once again home to Carfest North, hosted by Warrington-born Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans.

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

North East Life regular newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy


Local Business Directory

Property Search