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Imagine knowing what other people actually paid for their brand new Subaru Forester? Simply choose one of the models below and we’ll show you prices from Subaru dealers local to you. For example, we have 22 Subaru Forester quotes and a discount of $3,988 or 8.52% off the purchase price. Also prices in NSW appear to be 4.23% cheaper than in VIC.

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Subaru Forester 2.5i-S (AWD) Price Australia

2022 Subaru Forester 2.5i-S (AWD)

  • 5 Seat 4 Door Wagon (SUV)
  • All Wheel Drive (AWD)
  • Continuous Variable
  • 4 cylinder 2.5L Petrol
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Subaru Forester 2.5i SPORT (AWD) Price Australia

2022 Subaru Forester 2.5i SPORT (AWD)

  • 5 Seat 4 Door Wagon (SUV)
  • All Wheel Drive (AWD)
  • Continuous Variable
  • 4 cylinder 2.5L Petrol
Subaru Forester 2.5i-L (AWD) Price Australia

2022 Subaru Forester 2.5i-L (AWD)

  • 5 Seat 4 Door Wagon (SUV)
  • All Wheel Drive (AWD)
  • Continuous Variable
  • 4 cylinder 2.5L Petrol
Subaru Forester 2.5i PREMIUM (AWD) Price Australia

2022 Subaru Forester 2.5i PREMIUM (AWD)

  • 5 Seat 4 Door Wagon (SUV)
  • All Wheel Drive (AWD)
  • Continuous Variable
  • 4 cylinder 2.5L Petrol
Subaru Forester 2.5i (AWD) Price Australia

2022 Subaru Forester 2.5i (AWD)

  • 5 Seat 4 Door Wagon (SUV)
  • All Wheel Drive (AWD)
  • Continuous Variable
  • 4 cylinder 2.5L Petrol
Subaru Forester HYBRID L (AWD) Price Australia

2022 Subaru Forester HYBRID L (AWD)

  • 5 Seat 4 Door Wagon (SUV)
  • All Wheel Drive (AWD)
  • Continuous Variable
  • 4 cylinder 2L Hybrid
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Subaru Forester HYBRID S (AWD) Price Australia

2022 Subaru Forester HYBRID S (AWD)

  • 5 Seat 4 Door Wagon (SUV)
  • All Wheel Drive (AWD)
  • Continuous Variable
  • 4 cylinder 2L Hybrid

Subaru Forester Specifications

  • Subaru Forester Details

    Price Ranges from $ 33,490.00 to $47,190.00
    Body Style Wagon
    Release Date From September 2018 to August 2021
    Drive Type AWD
    VIN Plate Location Centre Eng Bay Scuttle
    Compliance Plate Location RHS - Front Suspension Tower / Driver Side Inner Guard
    Country of Origin JAPAN
    Safety ANCAP Rating 5
    Number of Doors 4
    Seating Capacity 5
    Boot Space 509 Litres
  • Subaru Forester Features

    • Body
      Roof Roof rails
    • Brakes
      Disc Brake Count 4
      Disc Brakes Standard
      Ventilated Disc Brake Count 4
    • Comfort
      Air Conditioning Air conditioning type: fully-auto
      Climate control number of zones: 2
      Armrests Front seat centre armrest
      Rear seat centre armrest
      Drink Holders Front seats
      Rear seats
      Driving Cruise control
      Cruise control - adaptive cruise control
      Vanity Mirror Driver
      Driver - illuminated
      Passenger
      Passenger - illuminated
      Ventilation System Controls - passenger seat
      Digital display
      Heater type: combustion
    • Controls & Instruments
      Gauges Low tyre pressure indicator
      Trip Computer Average fuel consumption
      Average speed
      Instantaneous fuel consumption
      Range for remaining fuel
      Voice Activating System Includes audio player
      Includes phone functions
    • Electrical
      Power Sockets 12v power outlet boot/cargo
      12v power outlet front
    • Entertainment & Communications
      Audio System Colour screen
      Digital radio
      Disc player reads MP3
      In-dash CD
      Radio: AM/FM
      Remote audio controls
      Remote audio controls type - steering wheel mounted
      Touch screen
      Bluetooth Includes music streaming
      Includes phone control
      Connections AUX jack front
      Ipod front
      USB connection front
      Media Control Touch screen
      Mobile Integration Android Auto
      Apple CarPlay
      Screen Dashboard 1
      Dashboard 1 screen size (in) : 6.3
      Dashboard 2
      Dashboard 2 screen size (in) : 6.5
      Dashboard 2 touch screen - yes
      Instrument panel 1
      Instrument panel 1 screen size (in) : 4.2
      Speakers Total: 6
    • Interior
      Luxury Trim On centre floor console: alloy look
      On dash: alloy look
      On gearknob: piano black
      On handbrake grip: none
      Seat Upholstery Additional seat material: cloth
      Main seat material: cloth
    • Lights & Windows
      Headlights Bulb type (high beam)
      Bulb type (low beam)
      Directional headlights
      Dusk sensor
      Height adjustable
      Height adjustment
      Lens type
      Power Windows Front
      Rear
      Rear View Mirrors Standard
      Wipers Intermittent
      Rain sensor
    • Safety & Security
      Airbags Knee airbags - driver
      Number of: 7
      Side airbag - front
      Side curtain airbag - front and rear
      Collision Warning System Activates brake lights
      Automatic braking
      Brakes at low speed
      Minimum speed to activate (kph): 0
      Pedestrian avoidance system
      Driver Assistance Blind spot monitor
      Lane departure warning
      Lane departure warning - activates steering
      Emergency Brake assist system
      Rear cross-traffic alert
      Isofix Standard
      Seatbelts Driver
      Driver - height adjustable
      Driver - pre-tensioners
      Passenger
      Passenger - height adjustable
      Passenger - pre-tensioners
      Vehicle Control Electronic brake distribution
      Electronic traction control
      Hill holder
    • Seating
      Second Row Seats Folding: 40/60
      Folds electrically
      Reclining type: manual
      Remote folding
      Seating capacity: 3
      Type: bench
      Front Row Seats - Driver Height type: manual
      Number of electrical adjustments: none
      Reach type: manual
      Reclining type: manual
      Type: bucket
      Front Row Seats - Passenger Number of electrical adjustments: none
      Reach type: manual
      Reclining type: manual
      Type: bucket
    • Steering
      Power Steering Standard
      Steering Wheel Height adjustment
      Multi-function
      Telescopic adjustment
      Type: leather covered
    • Wheels
      Spare Wheel Rim type: steel
      Type: fullsize
    • Colors
      Available in
      •   Crystal White
      •   Ice Silver
      •   Sepia Bronze
      •   Crimson Red
      •   Jasper Green
      •   Horizon Blue
      •   Magnetite Grey
      •   Crystal Black Silica
  • Subaru Forester Engine Specifications

    Type DIRECT FUEL INJ
    Size From 1995cc (2L) to 2498cc (2.5L)
    Power 136kW @ 5800rpm / 110kW @ 6000rpm
    Torque 239Nm @ 4400rpm / 196Nm @ 4000rpm
    Cylinders 4
    Number of Valves 16
    Valves VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM / DUAL OVERHEAD CAM
    Compression Ratio From 12.00 to 12.50
    Bore/stroke 94.00x90.00 / 84.00x90.00
  • Subaru Forester Drivetrain and Wheels

    Transmission Automatic
    Drive Type AWD
    Steering Type RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED / ELECTRIC POWER STEERING
    Turning Circle 10.80
    Brake (Front) Type DISC - VENTILATED
    Brake (Rear) Type DISC - VENTILATED
    Front Tyre & Wheel Size 225/55 R18 - 7Jx18 | 255/55 R18 98V - 7x18 | 225/55 R18 98V - 7Jx18 | 225/60 R17 - 7Jx17 | 225/60 R17 99V - 7x17 | 225/60 R17 99V - 7Jx17
    Rear Tyre & Wheel Size 225/55 R18 - 7Jx18 | 255/55 R18 98V - 7x17 | 225/55 R18 98V - 7Jx18 | 225/60 R17 - 7Jx17 | 225/60 R17 99V - 7x17 | 225/60 R17 99V - 7Jx17
    Front Suspension Type MacPherson Strut / CS / GD / ARB / LoL / Stabiliser bar
    Rear Suspension Type DWB / CS / GD / ARB / Ind / Stabiliser bar
  • Subaru Forester Fuel Specifications

    Fuel Type Petrol / Hybrid
    Fuel Tank Capacity From 48.0L to 63.0L
    Fuel Consumption Combined (Average) From 3.4L/100km to 3.7L/100km
    Fuel Consumption City (Average) From 6.7L/100km to 7.4L/100km
    Fuel Consumption Highway (Average) -
    Emission Standard -
  • Subaru Forester Dimensions

    Length From 4,625mm to 4,640mm
    Width From 48mm to 63mm
    Height 1,730mm
    Wheelbase 2,670mm
    Front Track 1,565mm
    Rear Track 1,570mm
    Ground Clearance 220mm
    Gross Vehicle Mass From 2,015kg to 2,223kg
    Gross Combination Mass -
  • Subaru Forester Towing Capacity

    Braked Towing Capacity From 1,200kg to 1,800kg
    Unbraked Towing Capacity 750kg

Subaru Forester
Wait Times / Availability

118 days

Wait time increasing

The current estimated delivery time as of May 2022 on a new Subaru Forester is currently at 118 days which is up 23 days or 24% from last month

Subaru Forester FAQs

PMC Says...

8.8 / 10
Subaru Forester
The biggest shake-up in the 2022 version of the Subaru Forester is the addition of a petrol-electric hybrid variant, with the diesel option now consigned to the scrap-heap. It’s a big move considering the likes of the Toyota RAV4 have already gone hybrid, however, thanks to the move this category leader retains its position as one of the best cars among its peers. The best parts about the Forester are its practicality - perfect for any environment, in any conditions - and a comprehensive suite of equipment and inclusions. Whereas rivals like the Mitsubishi Outlander might offer extra seating, and the Kia Sportage might look a little more premium, the Subaru Forester keeps its head down and just delivers an all-round family car that is worth a whole lot more than the sum of its parts. There are few that can lay claim to the off-road prowess of the Forester as well, which makes this one versatile car backed by a tough and potent engine. Pricing for the MY22 Subaru Forester reflects one of the best cars you can find in this category.

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Expert Review

Subaru Forester Range

by David Lye

The medium SUV segment already has its fair share of competitors, but Subaru’s latest iteration of its popular all-wheel-drive Forester breathes new life into this corner of the market. With that, it’s a good thing the Forester brings with it a legacy of success.

Starting from $35,990 plus on-road costs, this edition is a sportier take on its predecessors, but flush with the off-road capabilities that have become synonymous with the Forester range. Let’s not forget, the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V may often be viewed as the mainstays in this category, but the Forester has accompanied them every step of the journey, even as new competitors like the Mazda CX-5 emerge.

What features are included?

The Forester range consists of a base option, as well as the L, Premium, Sport and S variants, with each boasting all-wheel-drive functionality and a petrol engine - hybrid is also available across the S and L variants, so long gone are the days of diesel options and turbo engines for that matter.

Across the line-up, the Forester comes with an enhanced interior, with the highlight being the Sport’s water-resistant two-tone cloth trim that is adorned with contrasting orange stitchwork - perfect for those eight-way powered and heated front seats. There is also a healthy splash of black and orange throughout the rest of the dual-zone climate control cabin, not to mention a sprinkle of chrome finishes. 

Elsewhere, the striking exterior sports 18-inch alloys, rain-sensing wipers, LED fog lights and electric sunroof, neither of which come as standard under the base, L or Premium models, in addition to under-guards and roof rails with sharp colour accents, plus a bold grille surround. 

Upgrade to the S and you’re treated to leather trim, a sophisticated Harmon Kardon sound package, keyless ignition, electric parking brake, and a 17-button multifunction paddle-shift steering wheel. The S takes things one step further, including extras like rear-parking sensors, privacy glass, powered tailgate, adaptive self-levelling LED headlights, heated power-folding mirrors, plus a kerb-side camera.

Apart from the 110kW and 196Nm hybrids, which use a 2.0-litre engine and 12.3kW electric motor, the rest of the Forester range uses the same powertrain, a four-cylinder 2.5-litre naturally aspirated boxer engine offering 136kW of power at 5800rpm, and 239Nm of torque at 4400rpm. The brawny engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), with fuel economy rated at a frugal 7.4L per 100km.

Of course, tech is a central highlight to the Forester, including not one, not two, but three screens. These include an 8.0-inch infotainment console, 6.5-inch trip and camera screen, plus a 4.2-inch central driver’s screen. From here, a wealth of controls are at your fingertips.

Rounding things out is a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty that also comes with 12 months roadside assistance. Service intervals are yearly or at every 12,500 kilometres, with new car buyers able to sign up to capped price servicing across a three-year or five-year timeframe.

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Practicality, amenity and comfort

Arguably the highlight of the Forester, practicality is an assurance, and few medium-size SUVs can lay claim to achieve half of what is on show here. There are plenty of storage options around the cabin, including loads of compartments, and when it comes to the boot, around 500 litres is well on point. If that’s not enough, the rear seats are fully-foldable, which more than triples the size of the boot to a cavernous size of over 1,700 litres.

Inside the cabin, the Forester feels roomy and expansive, offering ample light. While it might not be the most upmarket of interiors, the seats do offer great support and comfort, especially for the driver, who is afforded first-rate vision. Neither leg room nor head room are an issue in the rear, with generous space on offer.

What’s more, the entertainment system is intuitive and effortless, integrated smoothly with Apple CarPlay, and the S variants benefitting from the upgrade to Harman Kardon speakers. One of the real differentiators here is Subaru’s Driver Monitoring System, which uses facial recognition to detect driver alertness. It also acts as somewhat a personal concierge, setting controls and mirrors to preferred positions.

As a bonus, the Forester now offers 1,800kg of braked towing capacity, which is a great improvement on recent years when it was limited to just 1,500kg, making it ideal for active go-getters.

How does it drive?

In a crowded market, the one thing that really sets the Forester apart from many of its rivals is its off-road credentials. It is an enthralling experience taking this AWD unit out into the countryside, where the Forester feels just as adept off-road as it is on bitumen. 

Sure, the Forester is no hardcore 4x4 SUV, but for dirt roads and patchy gravel tracks it comes to life and if anything, almost thrives off the challenge. It’s all the better thanks to 220mm ground clearance, hill-descent control and X-Mode traction, perfect for tricky conditions.

Back on road, however, the Forester feels poised and assured, with a sense of composure in its handling. It is balanced, refined and stability is never found wanting in the middle of corners, thanks in part to the smart profile and boxer engine of this mid-size SUV. This sort of performance puts the Forester in rare company as a true all-round vehicle.

The 2.5-litre engine is brisk, robust and responsive, a fantastic combination with loads of grunt on the back of 136kW of power and 239Nm of torque. For all its perks, however, the CVT transmission lacks some spirit, but that could be because we’ve come to expect so much life and vitality from Subaru cars on the back of models like the WRX and Impreza. 

All told, the Forester is not quite as resolved when it comes to the same distinguishing procession through the gears like in a conventional auto, lacking that sporty change in revs. On the plus side, the CVT does help with fuel economy, making for a frugal and efficient medium-size SUV.

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How safe is it?

As touched on earlier, Subaru hasn’t spared any efforts when it comes to fitting out the Forester with an expansive safety suite. The centrepiece of this is its Vision Assist and EyeSight technology, which includes driver alertness monitoring. 

However, beyond that, the Forester is also equipped with all the cutting-edge safety items you need in this day and age, such as forward and reversing AEB, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, lane-keeping assistance and lane-departure, adaptive headlights, front and side-view monitoring system, plus more.

On the back of this package, and seven airbags, the Forester scores highly for safety, and that’s backed up by its five-star ANCAP safety rating. As highlights, the Forester was awarded a rating of 94% for adult occupant protection, and an impressive 86% for child occupant protection. The Sport and S variants are also the pick of the bunch here, as the lower-spec models make do without a couple of the items above.

Verdict

PROS: Off-road performance; spacious; versatile; packed with equipment and safety aids

CONS: CVT is uninspiring; no diesel or turbo variants

Although the Subaru Forester departs from some of the spirited drives from the Japanese auto-maker’s stables, it does deliver a highly competent all-round package, fit for both road and the outback. Don’t take that as an indication the Forester is not slick, nimble or punchy. In fact, it ticks all those boxes, but it’s not quite the car for performance aficionados, instead delivering a commendable level of power and precision - we only wish Subaru could fit a deft eight or nine-speed auto transmission. 

Where it may fall slightly short on dynamics, however, the Forester makes amends off-road, turning into a star performer in this class. It’s this very reason why Subaru continues to notch up sale after sale of the Forester, with the vehicle in hot demand among the adventure crowd keen to skip to the regions. Rugged, confident, dependable, practical and efficient, the Forester is excellent value for money.

Subaru Forester 2.5i Sport specifications

Body: 5-door, 5-seat SUV

Drive: AWD

Engine: 2489cc 4-cyl, DOHC, 16v

Power: 136kW @ 5800rpm

Torque: 239Nm @ 4400rpm

0-100km/h: 9.5sec (claimed)

Fuel consumption: 7.4L/100km (combined)

Weight: 1551kg

Transmission: CVT

Suspension: Front - MacPherson struts/coil spring with stabiliser bar; Rear - double wishbone, independent

Price: $35.990 (from)

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CarAdvice

7.9 / 10

The Subaru Forester has been a mainstay of the medium-SUV segment for a long time now. While most manufacturers have eschewed car-like styling for a more typical SUV exterior, the Forester remains the choice for those buyers who would rather feel like they’re behind the wheel of a car. The segment has made quantum leaps forward, though, and the 2021 Subaru F...

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Carsales

7.5 / 10

At $39,990 before on-road costs, the 2020 Subaru Forester Hybrid L is priced just over $3000 higher than the conventional 2.5-litre Forester L on which it’s based. Our test Subaru Forester Hybrid L arrived fitted as standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, six-speaker audio, digital audio (DAB+), Bluetooth, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay sm...

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Carsguide

7.8 / 10

This is not the Subaru Forester Sport model they get in Japan, and it's therefore not the one most Aussies have been desperate to see launched here. Nope, the giveaway is the 2.5i part of the name for this 2021 Subaru Forester 2.5i Sport model, which has just been added to the brand's range to add a bit more of an eye-catching variant to the line-up. In Japa...

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Drive

8.1 / 10

When you think about this whole ‘SUV’ and crossover fad that is now dominating the market, Subaru was one of the first brands to really get on board. It wasn’t a simple passenger-car company that envisioned this new segment, rather it was an evolution of its range and history. Subaru’s history in Australia is an interesting one. Aside from being a constantly...

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CarExpert

N/A

Despite wholesale changes under the skin – new platform, powertrain reengineer, cabin revamp – in this fifth-generation’s 2019 introduction, the Subaru Forester has remained oh-so familiar to those who’ve become acquainted with the stalwart nameplate. Be it by forensic design or inescapable DNA, new Foresters never seem to fall far from the old tree. This is...

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Whichcar

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Introduced in October 2020, this latest variant of Subaru’s popular all-wheel-drive SUV bridges the gap between the mid-range 2.5i Premium and range-topping 2.5i-S spec. Priced at $41,490 before on-roads, it costs $1500 more than the Premium with the extra coin bringing athletic exterior embellishments including dark metallic 18-inch alloy wheels, LED front...

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Angela R. in West Lakes, SA

5 / 10

This is just the vehicle we needed absolutely love it and all the Bella and whistles 2019 subaru forrester sports 💞

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Julie in Melbourne, VIC

5 / 10

Easy to drive! Happy with the Subaru Forester.

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Robert C. in Wingham, NSW

5 / 10

I've found my Subaru Forester to be a very capable and safe vehicle. Comfortable and surprisingly powerful.

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Expert Review

Subaru Forester Range

by David Lye

The medium SUV segment already has its fair share of competitors, but Subaru’s latest iteration of its popular all-wheel-drive Forester breathes new life into this corner of the market. With that, it’s a good thing the Forester brings with it a legacy of success.

Starting from $35,990 plus on-road costs, this edition is a sportier take on its predecessors, but flush with the off-road capabilities that have become synonymous with the Forester range. Let’s not forget, the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V may often be viewed as the mainstays in this category, but the Forester has accompanied them every step of the journey, even as new competitors like the Mazda CX-5 emerge.

What features are included?

The Forester range consists of a base option, as well as the L, Premium, Sport and S variants, with each boasting all-wheel-drive functionality and a petrol engine - hybrid is also available across the S and L variants, so long gone are the days of diesel options and turbo engines for that matter.

Across the line-up, the Forester comes with an enhanced interior, with the highlight being the Sport’s water-resistant two-tone cloth trim that is adorned with contrasting orange stitchwork - perfect for those eight-way powered and heated front seats. There is also a healthy splash of black and orange throughout the rest of the dual-zone climate control cabin, not to mention a sprinkle of chrome finishes. 

Elsewhere, the striking exterior sports 18-inch alloys, rain-sensing wipers, LED fog lights and electric sunroof, neither of which come as standard under the base, L or Premium models, in addition to under-guards and roof rails with sharp colour accents, plus a bold grille surround. 

Upgrade to the S and you’re treated to leather trim, a sophisticated Harmon Kardon sound package, keyless ignition, electric parking brake, and a 17-button multifunction paddle-shift steering wheel. The S takes things one step further, including extras like rear-parking sensors, privacy glass, powered tailgate, adaptive self-levelling LED headlights, heated power-folding mirrors, plus a kerb-side camera.

Apart from the 110kW and 196Nm hybrids, which use a 2.0-litre engine and 12.3kW electric motor, the rest of the Forester range uses the same powertrain, a four-cylinder 2.5-litre naturally aspirated boxer engine offering 136kW of power at 5800rpm, and 239Nm of torque at 4400rpm. The brawny engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), with fuel economy rated at a frugal 7.4L per 100km.

Of course, tech is a central highlight to the Forester, including not one, not two, but three screens. These include an 8.0-inch infotainment console, 6.5-inch trip and camera screen, plus a 4.2-inch central driver’s screen. From here, a wealth of controls are at your fingertips.

Rounding things out is a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty that also comes with 12 months roadside assistance. Service intervals are yearly or at every 12,500 kilometres, with new car buyers able to sign up to capped price servicing across a three-year or five-year timeframe.

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Practicality, amenity and comfort

Arguably the highlight of the Forester, practicality is an assurance, and few medium-size SUVs can lay claim to achieve half of what is on show here. There are plenty of storage options around the cabin, including loads of compartments, and when it comes to the boot, around 500 litres is well on point. If that’s not enough, the rear seats are fully-foldable, which more than triples the size of the boot to a cavernous size of over 1,700 litres.

Inside the cabin, the Forester feels roomy and expansive, offering ample light. While it might not be the most upmarket of interiors, the seats do offer great support and comfort, especially for the driver, who is afforded first-rate vision. Neither leg room nor head room are an issue in the rear, with generous space on offer.

What’s more, the entertainment system is intuitive and effortless, integrated smoothly with Apple CarPlay, and the S variants benefitting from the upgrade to Harman Kardon speakers. One of the real differentiators here is Subaru’s Driver Monitoring System, which uses facial recognition to detect driver alertness. It also acts as somewhat a personal concierge, setting controls and mirrors to preferred positions.

As a bonus, the Forester now offers 1,800kg of braked towing capacity, which is a great improvement on recent years when it was limited to just 1,500kg, making it ideal for active go-getters.

How does it drive?

In a crowded market, the one thing that really sets the Forester apart from many of its rivals is its off-road credentials. It is an enthralling experience taking this AWD unit out into the countryside, where the Forester feels just as adept off-road as it is on bitumen. 

Sure, the Forester is no hardcore 4x4 SUV, but for dirt roads and patchy gravel tracks it comes to life and if anything, almost thrives off the challenge. It’s all the better thanks to 220mm ground clearance, hill-descent control and X-Mode traction, perfect for tricky conditions.

Back on road, however, the Forester feels poised and assured, with a sense of composure in its handling. It is balanced, refined and stability is never found wanting in the middle of corners, thanks in part to the smart profile and boxer engine of this mid-size SUV. This sort of performance puts the Forester in rare company as a true all-round vehicle.

The 2.5-litre engine is brisk, robust and responsive, a fantastic combination with loads of grunt on the back of 136kW of power and 239Nm of torque. For all its perks, however, the CVT transmission lacks some spirit, but that could be because we’ve come to expect so much life and vitality from Subaru cars on the back of models like the WRX and Impreza. 

All told, the Forester is not quite as resolved when it comes to the same distinguishing procession through the gears like in a conventional auto, lacking that sporty change in revs. On the plus side, the CVT does help with fuel economy, making for a frugal and efficient medium-size SUV.

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How safe is it?

As touched on earlier, Subaru hasn’t spared any efforts when it comes to fitting out the Forester with an expansive safety suite. The centrepiece of this is its Vision Assist and EyeSight technology, which includes driver alertness monitoring. 

However, beyond that, the Forester is also equipped with all the cutting-edge safety items you need in this day and age, such as forward and reversing AEB, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, lane-keeping assistance and lane-departure, adaptive headlights, front and side-view monitoring system, plus more.

On the back of this package, and seven airbags, the Forester scores highly for safety, and that’s backed up by its five-star ANCAP safety rating. As highlights, the Forester was awarded a rating of 94% for adult occupant protection, and an impressive 86% for child occupant protection. The Sport and S variants are also the pick of the bunch here, as the lower-spec models make do without a couple of the items above.

Verdict

PROS: Off-road performance; spacious; versatile; packed with equipment and safety aids

CONS: CVT is uninspiring; no diesel or turbo variants

Although the Subaru Forester departs from some of the spirited drives from the Japanese auto-maker’s stables, it does deliver a highly competent all-round package, fit for both road and the outback. Don’t take that as an indication the Forester is not slick, nimble or punchy. In fact, it ticks all those boxes, but it’s not quite the car for performance aficionados, instead delivering a commendable level of power and precision - we only wish Subaru could fit a deft eight or nine-speed auto transmission. 

Where it may fall slightly short on dynamics, however, the Forester makes amends off-road, turning into a star performer in this class. It’s this very reason why Subaru continues to notch up sale after sale of the Forester, with the vehicle in hot demand among the adventure crowd keen to skip to the regions. Rugged, confident, dependable, practical and efficient, the Forester is excellent value for money.

Subaru Forester 2.5i Sport specifications

Body: 5-door, 5-seat SUV

Drive: AWD

Engine: 2489cc 4-cyl, DOHC, 16v

Power: 136kW @ 5800rpm

Torque: 239Nm @ 4400rpm

0-100km/h: 9.5sec (claimed)

Fuel consumption: 7.4L/100km (combined)

Weight: 1551kg

Transmission: CVT

Suspension: Front - MacPherson struts/coil spring with stabiliser bar; Rear - double wishbone, independent

Price: $35.990 (from)

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