2015 Subaru Forester pricing and specifications

The introduction of a long-awaited diesel CVT drivetrain headlines the changes to the 2015 Subaru Forester range, which goes on sale across Australia today.

MY15 Subaru Forester 2.0D-S

The Forester diesel CVT is available in two specification levels: the 2.0D-L at $35,490 plus on-road costs, and the 2.0D-S at $42,490.

Subaru Australia has cut the price of other variants in the 2015 Forester range by between $1500 and $3500. The cuts come on top of January’s reduction of $1000 across the range as a result of Australia’s free trade agreement with Japan.

Subaru has axed the entry-level 2.0i and 2.5i variants from the updated line-up, meaning the range now starts $1000 higher than before, though at $29,990, the Forester 2.0i-L manual is $2500 cheaper than before.

MY15 Subaru Forester 2.0D-S

All variants benefit from a new infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen that recognises smartphone-style flick, pinch and double-tap actions. Pandora internet radio integration also features across the line-up.

The 2015 Forester’s enhanced voice recognition system now understands phrase- and dialogue-based commands, allowing drivers to specify navigation destinations by speaking the address, directly select call recipients or search for them by spoken phrase, and understand spoken song titles without specifying the artist name.

Subaru also claims to have paid extra attention to detail inside the cabin, with the centre panel controls, steering wheel and air vents all getting fresh finishes. New piano black surfaces and silver accents also feature across the updated dashboard.

All CVT Foresters get a new transmission control unit, and Subaru claims the updates result in less noise and better response.

Refinements to the diesel engine add to its efficiency, while every Forester is now compliant with Euro 6 emissions standards.


MY15 Subaru Forester 2.0D

2015 Subaru Forester pricing (plus on-road costs):

2.0i-L manual $29,990

2.5i-L auto $32,990

2.5i-S auto $39,490

2.0D-L manual $33,490

2.0D-L auto $35,490

2.0D-S manual $39,490

2.0D-S auto $41,490

2.0XT auto $40,990

2.0XT Premium $47,990

2015 Subaru Forester engines:

2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol

110kW at 6200rpm

198Nm at 4200rpm


2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol

126kW at 5800rpm

235Nm at 4100rpm


2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol

177kW at 5600rpm

350Nm at 2400-3600rpm


2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel

108kW at 3600rpm

350Nm at 1600-2400rpm

5.9L/100km (manual), 6.3-6.4L/100km (CVT)

2015 Subaru Forester specifications:


17-inch alloy wheels (with full-size alloy spare)

Six-speed manual transmission

Seven airbags

Foglights and LED daytime running lights

Roof rails

Reverse-view camera

7.0-inch touchscreen with Pandora compatibility, Bluetooth connectivity, two USB ports

Auto stop-start

Cruise control

Dual-zone climate control

Leather steering wheel and gearshifter

2.5i-L (adds over 2.0i-L):

Auto transmission lock-out (need foot on brake, key in ignition ‘on’ position, to release lever)

Paddleshift CVT

Sliding centre console


2.5i-S (adds over 2.5i-L):

Auto tailgate

Eight-way adjustable electric front seats with heaters

Electric sunroof

EyeSight driver assist with adaptive cruise control

Front wiper de-icer

Heated door mirrors

Auto xenon headlights

Leather trim, including steering wheel and gearshifter

Rain-sensing wipers

Satellite navigation

Smart key with push-button start

18-inch alloy wheels

2.0XT (adds over 2.5i-S, does not include EyeSight or auto stop-start):

Engine cover

Three-mode SI-Drive

Sports pedals

Unique front bumper

2.0XT Premium (adds over 2.0XT):

Auto tailgate

Auto headlights

Satellite navigation

Eight-way adjustable electric front seats with heaters

EyeSight driver assist system

Front wiper de-icer

Eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system

Heated door mirrors

Leather trim

Push-button start with smart key entry

Rain-sensing wipers

2.0D-L (adds over 2.0i-L, does not include X-Mode, paddleshift or HID headlights in manual variants; does not include auto stop-start or SI-Drive in any diesel variants):

17-inch alloy wheels

2.0D-S (adds over 2.0D-L):

Auto tailgate

Electric sunroof

Front wiper de-icer

Heated door mirrors

Auto xenon headlights

Leather trim

Push-button start with smart key entry

Eight-way adjustable electric front seats with heaters

Rain-sensing wipers

Satellite navigation

18-inch alloy wheels