After a lengthy wait for faithful fans of the brand , the Subaru Forester is now available with a diesel engine/automatic transmission combination. This engine and gearbox combinations is the same pairing we've tested previously in the Outback and we know that Subaru's boxer diesel engine is beautifully matched to the clever CVT. Popular in rural areas, thanks to its reputation for rugged reliability, we also take the new Forester onto some slippery forest tracks In Southern NSW to assess its real world off-road ability.
We also headed onto some sealed country backroads to assess the new Forester's on-road manners. It's here where rural buyers will spend most of their time and the Forester impresses. It's combination of grip, handling and comfort, ensures it remains a smart money choice for the astute buyer.
Subaru has made numerous changes to the cabin as well, namely the infotainment system, so while the Forester might look the same as it always has, it's significantly different behind the wheel. Smartphone style pinch and swipe motions mean it's easy to use the infotainment system, especially when you're negotiating the satellite navigation functionality.
While new Forester is improved, it still doesn't feel as premium as the segment leaders like the Mazda CX-5, especially behind the wheel. Despite that, Forester retains it's bulletproof heritage and all round ability. It's still the smart money pick for buyers who want a family AWD with some semblance of sporting ability.