Subaru has always been onto a good thing with its Forester SUV, therefore breaking the mould with the new-generation model was out of the question.
So while the fifth iteration of Subaru’s top-seller is more or less new from the ground up, it feels somehow familiar. The company’s famously loyal owner base demands as much.
The new Forester is slated to hit Australia in September, but that didn’t stop Subaru from inviting us to Tokyo to have an early look. Should you hold fire on that Nissan X-Trail, Honda CR-V or Mazda CX-5 order for a bit?
Like the new Impreza and its XV (Crosstrek) spinoff, the MY18 Forester is based on Subaru's Global Platform, a stretchable and shrinkable core architecture that'll underpin the majority of its models from now on.
It's a smidgen larger than before, stiffer and stronger (ergo better at protecting you in a collision) and theoretically able to both handle better and be more comfortable at the same time.
We’ll start with the interior, which is the roomiest to date. The 1.3m wide boot grows to 520L, with the floor now lower even with the standard full-size spare, and wider. Wide enough, in fact, for a set of golf clubs to be loaded in sideways behind the wheel arches. Big improvement.