Editor: Jason “The Bok” – Date – 05 June 2021

In Short

  • Model tested: Subaru Forester 2.5i-S ES
  • Price: R629 000 (June 2021)
  • Engine: 2.5-litre petrol, naturally-aspirated
  • Power/Torque: 136 kW/239 Nm
  • Transmission: CVT
  • Fuel Consumption: 8.3 L/100 km
  • Load capacity: 520–1 770 litres

Now in its fifth generation, the Subaru Forester continues its journey as one of the most capable family SUV’s in its segment. Part sleep, part technologically advanced marvel, all-inclusive go-anywhere adventurer, the Forester has been an icon for decades and this latest-generation Sport incarnation builds on an iconic image first built by the uber-cool Forester STI of some years back.

A naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre boxer petrol engine outputs an increased power delivery in this sport guise, now offering up for peak outputs of 136 kW and 239 Nm of torque. All power is mated to a CVT, utilisation of a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) in this package is among the best on the market.

Big Space, Big Technology

The Forester is all about practicality, as a result, it is equipped with a total of 7 airbags, as well as rear parking sensors and a reverse-view camera. This added to a luggage load area measuring in at a claimed 520 litres, you can also spec an optional rubber boot cover.

Large boot space is continued onto an overall large interior packed with technology including, Subaru’s impressive EyeSight safety technology. The interior package also includes every imaginable media selection offered through easy to utilise and clear multimedia systems.

To Conclude

The Forester Sport adds some further sportiness to the traditional and ever-popular Forester model, this top-spec Subaru Forester 2.5i-S ES is priced from R629 000 and is sold with a 5-year/150 000 km warranty and a 3-year/75 000 km maintenance plan.

In keeping with its cult following and heritage, it’s the perfect space-offering, feature-packed and safety filled family SUV.

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