The SUV, it’s a motoring segment of which we all want a piece. Most modern-day drivers seem to be opting for crossovers or fully-fledged 4×4’s because of their practicality and doing anything abilities, but let’s not forget that its vehicles like the Subaru Forester that were at the forefront of this trend. Meet the modern “bulletproof” family SUV, the 5th-generation Subaru Forester.

In Short

  • Price: R524 000 2.0i-S CVT (September 2019)
  • Engine: 2.0-litre 4 cylinder
  • Power/Torque: 115 kW/196 Nm
  • Transmission: CVT
  • Fuel Economy: 7.6 L/100 km (claimed)

Evolution Is A Great Thing!

Now in its 5th-generation, the new Forester retains some of its looks which were present on its predecessor, however, it does so while tastefully implementing sharper-lines and more pronounced daytime-running lights.

Riding on Subaru’s Global Platform, as I have experienced with the likes of Subaru XV and Impreza and with Subaru’s integral symmetrical all-wheel-drive system, the new Forester as with that of its predecessors remains a true real-world family SUV.

Power Delivery

Powered by only a single engine option, the Forester utilises Subaru’s award-winning 2.0-litre petrol-driven boxer motor. All powered is sent through a continually variable transmission (CVT), which I might add is one of the best CVT’s which I have experienced.

While you can feel its weight on take-off when on route the Forester puts its power down well and makes for a great drive no matter the surface. The 4×4 select X-Drive modes further makes light work of when the going gets tough. Fuel-consumption is acceptable for this size of vehicle with an average of 8.8-litres/100 km being achieved through my week-long journey.

Space, Safety & Comfort

The Forester has always been about practical family commuting. This latest model offers great space throughout the cabin. Large door opening and windows allow for space and light. A high roofline and boot measuring-in at 520-litres makes for true practicality.

Safety is at the forefront with any modern Subaru and the Forester further follows the mould. Now offering Eyesight Technology (uses two-eyes to monitor road conditions), radar-guided cruise control and every imaginable safety system, the Forester offers true piece of mind for the entire family. A few other safety features include lane departure warning, automatic braking (front collision avoidance), rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring.

On a technological front, the cabin has several USB and power sockets and features Subaru’s simple, yet very intuitive Starlink Multimedia system. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, Navigation and steering-wheel-mounted controls are just some of the features on offer. The secondary display also offers full-control of vehicle-related information.

Conclusion & SA Pricing

This latest-generation model from the brand builds on what has become a truly top-selling family SUV globally. Solid real-world ability, safety and technology are in abundance and finally to end off, its priced more affordably than ever, what more can you ask for?

The Forester range starts at R451 000 and every derivative comes with a 5-year/150 000 km warranty and 3-year/75 000 km maintenance plan.

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