Subaru Forester (2019) Review
Subaru Forester (2019) At A Glance
The Subaru Forester has always been a rugged rival to SUVs like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. It's a car that's popular with those who value capability over looks; bought by those who shrug off PCP finance cycles in favour of a car they will keep for a very long time. And that's equally true of the latest model, launched in 2019.
The brand's made a bold statement by only offering the latest Forester as a mild-hybrid. Badged the e-Boxer, this combines a 2.0-litre petrol engine with a small electric motor. In truth, you won't really notice the hybrid side of the e-Boxer. Subaru says it can run in electric mode at speeds of up to 25mph, but you'll probably find the engine kicking in as soon as you set off.
While traditional Forester buyers might be disappointed that it can no longer be sold with a diesel engine, the good news is that it's still a very capable four-wheel-drive. Snow poses no problem for the Forester, while its 220mm of ground clearance and permanent 4x4 means it can tackle a muddy farm track comfortably.
Like with many four-wheel-drives with an off-road focus, it's not as efficient as you might expect from a hybrid. Officially, it'll return 35mpg - which is pretty poor compared to the likes of the Toyota RAV4.
On the road, its soft setup means it's a very comfortable SUV, soaking up bumpy roads well. It's sharper to drive than before, too - with considerably less lean in the corners compared to its predecessor.
The cabin isn't as premium as rivals like the Volkswagen Tiguan, but all the materials feel almost indestructible. It's practical, too - with a very generous 520-litre boot.
Equipment levels are fairly generous, although we'd expect no less considering the Forester's heavy list price. If you want features like navigation, leather seats and a sunroof, you'll have to fork out for the XE Premium with its close-to-£40,000 price tag.
One of the Forester's big selling points is its comprehensive suite of safety features. Its EyeSight system acts a second pair of eyes, while Euro NCAP scores it five stars in its crash tests. Combine this with the Forester's excellent off-road ability and the Forester feels like it could tackle almost anything.
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