How good is the Subaru Forester 2.5i-S AWD SUV

Subaru Forester 2.5i-S – Subaru Forester  has been extremely popular model for Subaru and now comes in a wide model spread. We drove the 2.5i S model priced from $46,340 plus the usual costs

2019 Subaru Tasmania SUV Experience, June 19-21. Featuring Subaru Forester, Outback and  XV vehicles. (Photo Narrative Post/Matthias Engesser)

The Forester competes against such SUV as the Toyota RAV 4, Mazda CX-5, Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson.

The Forester is the SUV you buy if you are serious about lifestyle adventures. With a ground clearance of 220mm it rivals many dual range 4WDs, and in reality will put a few of them to shame.

It comes with a 2.5 L boxer engine that has reasonable power and torque, a 7 step CVT and the impressive active torque split symmetrical AWD system with 2 stage X-Mode.

It also has an 1800kg towing capacity which is ideal for smaller camper trailers, boats and sea-doos.

The “S’ MODEL is packed with little luxuries like heated leather front seats, auto headlights and wipers, powered tailgate, auto dipping passenger exterior mirror when reversing and a premium audio system

On top of all that its has class leading eye sight safety systems.

There is a reason why Subaru’s are so popular in areas where its often snowing or icy conditions. They really are the best AWD SUV for grip on the market

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MY22 Subaru Forester 2.5i-S.


More Subaru Forester Details

  • Subaru Forester has been popular, selling over 300,000 in Australia since it was first launched
  • The reason is that its really very good.
  • There are so many good features in the Forester.
  • It was transformed a few years ago when it was revamped on the new global platform.
  • However little things like the central screen now seem dated when compared to the Outback and Crosstrek.
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity would also be appreciated.
  • A lack of a turbo version is extremely disappointing.
  • It should be so easy to drop the new turbo 2.4L from the XT Outback into the Forester.

MY22 Subaru Forester 2.5i-S.

What is good?

  • AWD and towing Capability with X-Mode
  • Class leading safety features
  • Ride, Handling and Dynamics

What is not so good?

  • Smart phone mirroring not wireless
  • Central screen looks dated against the outback and Crosstrek
  • No Turbo version

MY22 Subaru Forester 2.5i-S.

Also Look At

AWD SUVs in this medium size are prolific. But some are better than others.

Buyers could look at Jeep Compass , Audi Q3, Toyota RAV4 Edge, Hyundai TucsonKia SportageMazda CX-5, Haval H6 HEV, Skoda Karoq VW Tiguan, or  Nissan X-Trail.

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Subaru Forester 2.5i-S Final thoughts

Subaru Forester is class leading in so many areas including: AWD and towing capacity, ground clearance, ride and handling.

Its the choice AWD SUV for more adventurous buyers and is ideal for bush trips, towing smaller camper trailers or Sea-doos and weekend getaways.

Forester is perfect for snow trips and where there are regular icy conditions.

You simply cant beat the full time AWD system.

2023 Subaru Forester boxer engine

Subaru Forester


Forester 2.5i-S

Model Price$46,340 MLP*
Engine2.5L 4 Cyl Boxer Petrol Euro 6
Drivetrain7 Sp Lineartronic CVT Active Torque Split AWD
Power136kW @ 5,800rpm
Torque239Nm @ 4,400rpm
SafetyFive-star ANCAP (tested Sept 2018)
0-100kmh / Top Speed TBA
CO2 Emissions168 g/km
Economy ADR7.4L/100km / 63L capacity
Economy on test8.7L/100k
Max Range1000 km
Servicing12Mth / 12,500km Capped Price
Warranty5yr/ Unlimited km
Roadside Assist5Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

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Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel9
Ride and Handling9
Fit for Purpose9
Towing/Off Road Capability*10 (AWD 5/5 Towing 5/5 )
Technology / connectivity8
Value for Money10

*Towing and Off Road capability is measured relative to other vehicles in the class. It is not to be used as a measure against vehicles in other classes.

2023 Subaru Forester 2.5i-S boot


Overall Length4640mm
Wheels18×7.0 Alloy
Tyres225/55 R18
Max ground clearanceUp to 220mm
Wading DepthTBA
Departure angleTBA
Turning Circle KTK10.8m
Boot space min498L
Boot space Max1740L
Tub DepthN/A
Kerb Weight1639kg
Payload (kg)TBA
Towing Capacity1800kg
Tow Ball rating180kg

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