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Subaru’s return to form continues apace as new Forester nudges segment benchmark
4 Feb 2019
ONCE a quirky and segment-defining pioneer of the compact SUV genre, the Subaru Forester has recently been through a couple of comparatively uninspiring generations. Solid all-rounders but nothing special.
None of these harmed sales in any way, perhaps in part to the brand’s sterling reputation for sturdiness and safety – plus an enviable level of customer loyalty – but mostly due to the global rise in SUV popularity.
For the latest fifth-generation Forester, Subaru seemingly traced over the design of the outgoing model, then applied its latest thinking in the areas of drivetrain, chassis, safety and multimedia.
The spacious, airy cabin and comfortable ride remain present and correct, as do boxer flat-four engines, standard all-wheel drive and confidence to tackle some rugged terrain. Everything has received meaningful improvements, and criticisms of previous generations have been addressed in a big way.
Don’t let the looks deceive you; the Forester has taken a massive leap forward.
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Model release date: 1 September 2018
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