Engines: All with stop/start: 2-litre 110kW petrol; 2.5-litre 126kW petrol; 2-litre turbocharged 177kW petrol; 2-litre 108kW turbocharged diesel.
Transmissions: Six-speed manual, six-speed continuously variable
Fuel economy: 5.9 litres/100km – 8.5-litres/100km
Emissions: Euro V
Equipment: Includes Bluetooth wireless technology
It’s a well sorted crossover, the Forester, an all-wheel-drive soft-roader with stronger than average credentials. There’s nothing exciting about the way it looks or performs, although the 2-litre $59,990 turbocharged variant can boogey. Forester has an honest charm, with plenty going for it. It is what it is – a four-paw workhorse with an impressive 220mm ride height and 1500kg braked towing capacity.It doesn’t have the most exciting or premium interior. The style and quality is a bit yesterday, but there’s plenty of space, especially in the rear. Everything appears hard-wearing. It’s a comfortable car to drive, if not especially inspiring. It rides the bumps well, and will reach the parts other soft roaders simply can’t.
Boxer engines, quiet, comfortable ride, straightforward character
Not so good
Uninspiring exterior, plain interior