Subaru Forester goes under the knife


Exactly a month after affording its Legacy and Outback ranges a number of revisions, Subaru South Africa has given its Forester compact crossover a mid-life facelift, with the biggest difference being upgraded levels of kit.

Consisting of the five models and two engine options, external changes are subtle and include a redesigned and widen front bumper, a tweaked mesh grille, new LED daytime-running lights and the option of 17 or 18-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the Forester gains redesigned seats, upgraded materials and finishes, a revised version of Subaru’s multi-mode trip computer, reworked TFT instrument cluster, steering responsive headlights, Siri-Eyes communication interface for Apple users and, on high spec models, an eight-speaker premium Harmon Kardon sound system.

Underneath its skin, the Forester has also been revised with upgraded shocks, quicker steering and addition of more sound denting material to improve noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels.

Mechanically, the Forester remains the same as its predecessor with the base X still making use of a normally aspirated 2.0-litre flat-four that makes 110 kW and 198 N.m of torque. A six-speed manual is the sole transmission offered with drive going to all four wheels via Subaru’s famed Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.

Subaru claims a 0-100 km/h time of 10.6 secs and top speed of 190 km/h, with fuel consumption being rated at 7.2 L/100 km and emissions at 168 g/km.

Again making up the bulk of the Forester range, the X as well as the mid-spec XS and range topping XS Premium are fitted with a 2.5-litre flat four that churns out 126 kW and 235 N.m of torque. Available only with a LineartronicT CVT on all models, top speed is rated 196 km/h with the 0-100 km sprint over in 9.9 secs. Combined consumption is a claimed 8.1 L/100 km and emission at 187 g/km.

Sitting at the top of the range, the XT uses the same 2.0-litre engine as the X, but adds a turbocharger to boost power to 177 kW and 350 N.m of torque. As with the 2.5, only the CVT is offered with 0-100 km/h taking 7.5 secs and top speed coming in at 210 km/h. Consumption comes in at 8.5 L/100 km and emissions at 197 g/km.

A three year / 100 000 km warranty and three year / 75 000 km service plan is standard on all models.



2.0X 110 kW / 198 N.m R376 000
2.5X LineartronicT 126 kW / 235 N.m R427 000
2.5XS LineartronicT 126 kW / 235 N.m R459 000
2.5XS Premium LineartronicT 126 kW / 235 N.m R509 000
2.0XT LineartronicT 177 kW / 350 N.m R579 000