Subaru Forester 2.5i 2019
The Forester is one of the cars that seems to fit Australia.
Often starting as brand new family carriers, Foresters often end things in Australia as lovers for teenagers who need something more difficult than the one. Your average hatchback, with a practical space in the back to accommodate all their hopes and dreams (usually camping, sports or musical instruments … with a side of fruit and socks. oblivion).
Over the years, Forester has changed. It’s bigger and more tech-intensive than ever before and family-focused like never before.
Does it still enchant the Forester that has infected Australia’s population in the past, or is it set to drown under a rival SUV?
Read on and we’ll find out if the latest generation 2.5i base model has what it needs.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 7/10
The new Forester’s larger size makes it ‘largely’ unable to move on the road. Now it has a 30 mm longer wheelbase than the previous generation. It has a majestic view, based on its boxy shape with square bits protruding everywhere.
Is it a wagon or an SUV? Depends on who you ask. The Forester started out as simply a forklift, but especially with this latest generation, Subaru boosted the vibe of the SUV.
There are sculpted strokes that glide through the doors like current SUVs, but then all are chunky in front. The back, too, seems unresolved, as the brand doesn’t know what to do with all the extra space allowed by the new dimensions.
It adds an external face that looks like a caricature of its former self. Different enough to be “new”, but not something completely “new” …
Inside there’s no question, Forester has ample space, but it was created to feel more closely polite with an abundance of chunky dark-colored switches protruding from everywhere.
There are many angles and surfaces to put into the center of the dash too complicated. It contains a dual-screen setup, with a 6.5-inch touchscreen embedded at the front and a second information screen located deep at the top.
Combine all of that with the small font engine cluster and information that is coming to you from too many angles.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 9/10
The base Forester tested here costs $ 33,490, which sounds expensive for a mid-size entry-level SUV.
However, keep in mind that this is the cheapest new Forester you can buy. 2.5i has 17-inch alloy wheels, heated and folding wing mirrors, 6.5-inch (small) multimedia touchscreen with DAB + digital radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, no key lever on the front door, boot ignition, six-speaker audio system, leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED (navigation) headlights and Subaru’s impressive ‘EyeSight’ safety kit. We will cover what is not and is not included in the safety section.
It is an impressive offer of standard equipment. LED headlights are particularly impressive at this price, as many rivals will ask you to spend $ 40,000 or more on a car before this feature is included. The atmosphere in the cabin even feels more premium than the base model rivals.
It makes you wonder what devices are left to add beyond the usual luxuries of leather seats and sunroof.
With the noticeable sat-nav integrated, Subaru has also removed the memory functions from some settings, and although you have powered and heated folding mirrors, they don’t automatically fold when you lock the car. . I’m sure the 8.5-inch multimedia screen in the 2.5i Premium is also nicer than our in-car screens.
The rest of the kit is available on higher specifications than mostly aestheticers Foresters; a bigger set of alloy wheels and an upgraded AWD system, but I’m still arguing about the required price, with almost all of its facilities covered, the easy base specs are the choice of range.
How realistic is the inner space? 8/10
Subaru is determined to stick with Forester’s wagon shape to pay dividends in terms of available space inside.
Although the previous Forester was not big enough, Subaru boasted that it had added a few millimeters everywhere in Forester’s cabin. The headroom is ridiculous and won’t bother even oddly tall specimens like Richard Berry, plus the leg room and shoulders are extremely generous no matter where you are sitting.
There are unique sized cups at all doors and down the center pillar for the front passenger, a large storage box under the armrest and a space for both the largest phones and wallets living under The dashboard is also where the USB ports are located.
I am even a fan of the base class synthetic seat material. It seems hard to wear and blends well. It is also comfortable and breathable.
In terms of ergonomics, all are a little hard to understand. There are about five too many buttons on the steering wheel (it took me a while to figure out how to use the cruise control) the touch screen is a bit small and not specially arranged, but, unfortunately, the air conditioner and the volume control with dials.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 7/10
Forester currently has only a smaller 2.0-liter engine, diesel and turbo have now been removed, replaced on the range with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine that Subaru claims is 90% new.
It produces a good torque of 136kW / 239Nm and is only paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Yes, manual Forester has officially died. REST IN PEACE.
How much fuel does it consume? 7/10
Fuel consumption has sometimes been a sore point for Subaru’s boxer engines in the past, but the story here is not bad at all.
Subaru claims you’ll consume 7.4L / 100km on the combined cycle and in fact after a demanding week, I landed on 9.0L / 100km. A miss, but not much. A less demanding owner can easily bring it down even further.