Review Subaru Forester 2.5i-S
In case you need a reminder of the slow, non-stop parade, the Subaru Forester nameplate will appear at the age of 20.
Yes, the decade that brought you Nirvana, Seinfeld and millions of ways to wear torn denim also signaled the arrival of a new wave of SUVs, led by Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester. These small SUVs (at the time) provided a mix of cars and full 4WD, which is obviously exactly what Australians are waiting for.
In the two decades since, some midsize SUVs have grown so big and soft that only off-road window skirts and even part-time AWDs are an additional option.
But not forester. Even after 20 years, some competitors dilute the formula to the point where modern SUVs are a bit less than horse-drawn cars, Forester remains resolutely committed to fulfilling the promise everywhere.
The Forester 2.5i-S mid has achieved a series of updates for 2016, including new LED reaction headlights, daytime running lights and newly designed alloy wheels.
Forester is a handsome thing – if accidentally – chiseled
Subaru has also changed Forester’s suspension and steering, as well as its dynamic control program, to improve handling and stability between corners.
Thicker glass, better soundproofing and minor structural modifications have cut NVH into the cabin, benefiting from a greater number of soft touch surfaces.
Forester has also evolved over the years, but its updated styling during that time was a clear improvement on the fairly rough original. Then again, it’s the 1990s, so maybe we should forgive the chubby, original Forester.
A few recent highlights with the grille, bumpers and lights have modernized the current fourth-generation shape, while still deciding to be conservative, in true Subaru style. You will never call it beautiful, but Forester is a beautiful thing – if accidentally – chiseled.
If anything, what goes on under the skin is even better. Subaru tweaked the Forester formula, added better soundproofing, improved steering and fine-tuned suspension.
Inside, many buttons throughout the Forester cabin, even stretching across the ceiling. However, you can organize all the plans that you have to turn over as if you were in the Falcon Falcon; they are used to transform Subaru’s EyeSight active safety technology kit and should probably continue. The steering is a button, but it all makes sense and leaves the center console clear and clutter-free.
The bore and cup holders are equally rich, with both front and rear passengers served with enough door pockets and beverage containers for a cross-country adventure.
Although the rear passengers are well served for storage, they will be dropped by the airflow – the air vents for the unfortunate backseat are absent. For whatever reason, Japanese manufacturers don’t seem to be putting them in family-oriented SUVs, which means as much as vegetarian pork.
As for space and safety, however, people sitting in the back will have little reason to complain. There are two ISOFIX attachment points for young children, and when they grow up as teenagers, there is not enough room to accommodate even the most generous – and embarrassing – teenagers.
Just keep your fingers crossed that Teen # 1 doesn’t join ice hockey and Teen # 2 doesn’t play cello. The boot floor is raised – thanks to the all-wheel drive system and full-size spare tire – which means there’s not as much room as some of Forester’s previous competitors. However, the load area is 422 liters wide, and there is too much space for normal cargo and extends to 1472 liters with the seats folded.
Back to town
2.5i-S is one of only two models in the Forester range to benefit from Subaru’s acclaimed EyeSight driving assistance system. Essentially, a pair of forward facing cameras are mounted on either side of the roadside-view rearview mirror, which provides a wealth of information to the onboard computer. The end result is that the EyeSight system can provide active cruise control, lane departure warning and AEB.
The system works well, but, if the cruise control is activated, it will beep every time it picks up a vehicle ahead, like an employee a little too eager to impress. “Found another car, boss!” It announces with every new arrival. Yes, congratulations; We are on the way
Considering Forester’s technology, bypassing blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and lane change assistance seem overwhelming. It is particularly bad news when these precise features are provided in WRX, Liberty and Outback models. Automatic high beam and auto-dimming rearview mirror are also present in WRX, Liberty and Outback, but absent in Forester.
It is a quiet, comfortable and planted tourer
Tight manipulation can cause a bit of frustration in Forester, but not because of excessive rotation or poor visibility. It’s an automatic transmission or more specifically, a change from back to steering. It’s so slow to engage the gears that you have time to rely on the throttle and sit still completely and completely confused about exactly what the gearbox is doing. However, on the move, CVT works smoothly and without excessive noise.
On the road
The wide road is where Subaru notices the Forester’s steering, suspension and NVH systems really shine. Even at high speeds, and on poor surfaces, it’s a quiet, comfortable and planted tourer.
However, the 2.5-liter boxer engine lacks the final punch; it is much more suited to relaxing trains than banzai through drills, in which a relatively anemic torque of 235Nm to propel nearly 1600 kg Subaru. Selective drive modes can clearly change throttle response, but you have to pay attention to find any real difference in the way Forester responds to your right foot.
However, once you’ve accelerated, you’ll be able to maintain it almost anywhere, regardless of the surface. The streamlined suspension never feels like being overloaded, even when there’s a sharp collision between the corner and the split.
The dirt track does not hinder Forester’s progress; The all-wheel-drive system operates almost without noticeable interference, creating a nearly insignificant sense of speed.
Forester takes a strange place in the modern midsize SUV segment – it’s still made to go on the road and go into the wild blue, though some competitors are getting softer with each generation. next.
It shines like a comfortable family car, anywhere, powered by life-saving technology. Recent updates have improved both the cabin environment and driving experience to the point that Forester is the segment’s choice. However, an overwhelming response from the engine, meaning it is still not a really stirring drive. After that, the good news, Subaru created a supercharged version of the XT.