Subaru Forester 2.0D

Roomier, less thirsty, but not as appealing

Evo rating
Price
from £25,495
  • Preferable to a RAV4, or piles
  • Not the Forester we know and love

It’s safe to say we’re rather fond of the old Forester here at evo. It was the soft-roader that wasn’t naff, the 4x4 that wasn’t conspicuously excessive. Above all, though, it was an entertaining drive too.

Worrying, then, that the third-generation Forester has grown. It’s both longer (by some 95mm) and taller and, well, quite a bit closer to being a full-size SUV. Still, at least that means more space inside, in a cabin that has been improved, even if it’s still far from glamorous.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

Perhaps more interesting is the recently launched 2-litre turbodiesel boxer, which, it’s anticipated, 80 per cent of Forester buyers will opt for. It thrums nicely, promises 44.1mpg on the combined cycle, and shifts this 1550kg Scooby along faster than its 10sec 0-60mph time would suggest.

The bad news? The Forester now feels less like the Impreza it is based on and more like an SUV. You sit higher, which only emphasises the pitching and rolling, while the slightly slow steering ratio does little to encourage enthusiastic driving.

Subaru says the new Forester has the likes of Honda’s CR-V, Nissan’s X-Trail and Toyota’s RAV4 in its sights, which perhaps completes the picture. No doubt the Forester’s new audience will find much to like, but for people like us, it’s lost much of what made the old model special.

Specifications

Most Popular

SSC Tuatara hypercar hits 331mph, making it the world’s fastest production car
News

SSC Tuatara hypercar hits 331mph, making it the world’s fastest production car

Over a decade after SSC last entered the record books, its Tuatara has claimed the title of world’s fastest production car
19 Oct 2020
Hot Cupra Formentor spied testing – with a five-cylinder warble
Cupra

Hot Cupra Formentor spied testing – with a five-cylinder warble

Is Cupra about to get hold of Audi’s brilliant five-cylinder petrol engine?
19 Oct 2020
Alpine to become high-performance Renault offshoot
Alpine

Alpine to become high-performance Renault offshoot

Heated-up Renaults but no A110 replacement for Alpine as it follows in Cupra and Abarth footsteps
21 Oct 2020
2020 Fiat 500 priced from £19,995 in the UK
Fiat 500

2020 Fiat 500 priced from £19,995 in the UK

UK pricing and specifications for the all-new, all-electric Fiat 500 have been announced
26 Oct 2020