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2017 (17) Subaru Forester2.0 XT 5dr Lineartronic

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Bluetooth Handsfree Phone ConnectionCruise control
Interior fuel flap releaseLane change assistant
Multi-information displayPower tailgate
Rear view cameraSD card navigation and audio system with single CD
Service interval indicatorSpeed sensitive power steering
Voice control system 

Entertainment

2 USB ports6 speakers
Auxiliary input socketSteering wheel mounted audio controls

Exterior Features

Automatic headlightsAutomatic rain sensing wipers
Body colour front sports bumperDaytime running lights
Electric folding door mirrorsElectric sliding sunroof
Front and rear electric windowsFront fog lamps
Front sports grilleHeated door mirrors
High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlampsIntermittent front and rear wash/wipe
LED auto leveling headlightsPop-up headlamp washers
Privacy glass (rear side windows only)Roof antenna
Roof spoilerSilver roof rails
Twin tailpipe mufflerUV reducing glass
Windscreen wiper de-icer 

Interior Features

2 cupholders in front centre console3 rear seat head restraints
3 x 12V power sockets4 cargo hooks
60/40 split folding rear seat8 way electric adjustable drivers seat
Aluminium pedalsCentre console storage box
Cupholders - 2 in rear centre armrestDefroster vents for front and side windows
Door pockets with bottle holderDriver seat memory function
Dual zone automatic air conditioningFront centre armrest
Front head restraintsFront map lights
Heated front seatsIlluminated driver/passenger vanity mirrors
Isofix child seat preparationLeather steering wheel and gear knob
Leather upholsteryLuggage area lamp
Overhead consolePaddle shift controls
Rear seat heater ductsReclining rear seats
Retractable luggage coverSeat back pockets
Steering column support beamTilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel

Safety

'Childproof' rear door locks4 channel ABS
Driver and passenger seatbelts with warning lightDrivers knee airbag
Dual stage Driver/Passenger AirbagsEBD + Brake Assist
Front and rear curtain airbagsFront seatbelt pretensioners + load limiters
Front side airbagsHeight adjustable front seatbelt anchors
Hill descent controlHill start assist
Safety pedal systemThree 3 point rear seatbelts
WIL whiplash protection front seats 

Security

Keyless smart entry with push button startRemote central locking + deadlocks
Remote Thatcham Cat 1 alarm/immobiliser 

Technical

SVDC - Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control 

Wheels

18" alloy wheelsFull size steel spare wheel
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)197Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1998Compression Ratio10.6:1
Cylinder LayoutFLAT 4Cylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)86Cylinders - Stroke (mm)86
Engine LayoutNORTH SOUTHFuel DeliveryTURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears6 SPEEDNumber of Valves16
TransmissionSEMI-AUTO 

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)33.2EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)40.4EC Urban (mpg)25.2

General

Badge Engine CC2.0Badge Power240
Coin SeriesXTInsurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0734A
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %91NCAP Child Occupant Protection %91
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095NCAP Pedestrian Protection %73
NCAP Safety Assist %86Service Interval Frequency - Months12
Service Interval Mileage10000Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)7.5Engine Power - BHP241
Engine Power - KW177Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5600Engine Torque - LBS.FT258
Engine Torque - MKG35.7Engine Torque - NM350
Engine Torque - RPM2400Top Speed137

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front225/55 R18
Tyre Size Rear225/55 R18Tyre Size SpareFULL SIZE
Wheel Type18" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1735Length4595
Wheelbase2640Width1795

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)60Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1577
Max. Towing Weight - Braked2000Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked750
Minimum Kerbweight1624No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.6
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Subaru Forester

The original Subaru Forester range was topped off by a pokey petrol turbo model. So is the fourth generation line-up. Jonathan Crouch drives the Forester XT.

Ten Second Review

It took a while to warm to the third generation Subaru Forester but this fourth edition is a far more appealing thing. The styling's been toned down and the technical ability ramped up. There's also the return of the turbocharged Forester XT alongside turbodiesel and normally-aspirated all-wheel drive models, a car we're going to try here.

Background

"Subaru is now defined as an SUV company and this Forester is the cornerstone of that product offering." Those words from Subaru's UK managing director did two things. The first was to bring a curtain down on the reign of the Impreza as the company's iconic car. The second was to bring to the fore the Forester, a car that had largely excelled at hiding its light under a bushel. No longer. This one's now front and centre.Although its fairly generic SUV silhouette doesn't appear to differ too much from the third gen car, make no mistake, the underpinnings are wholly different and the detailing is a lot smarter. Efficiency has been improved and for those that like to pedal on a bit, there's the return of the XT turbocharged version we're looking at here. Subaru might have become a bit more sensible of late, but it's still a company that can't resist engineering a degree of fun into its wares.

Driving Experience

The Forester XT's 240PS turbo petrol engine is a peach, getting to 62mph in just 7.5 seconds and running on to a top speed of 137mph. The addition of a turbo makes it feel so much brawnier than the breathless lump in Subaru's BRZ sportscar and the Lineartronic CVT transmission is paired with X-Mode, a whole suite of electronics designed to get the best traction off road. On tarmac, the body control is excellent even when taking liberties in corners and visibility is excellent. The steering could use a little more feel but that's a minor gripe. The Mazda CX-5 just got a serious rival for the title of best handling SUV. You'll be surprised in fact by just how far you can go across poorly surfaced terrain. But of course, the terrain you're most likely to be using in your Forester will usually be tarmac-covered. Just as well then that, in a Lineartronic XT auto model at least, you'll be able to set your car up for that too, thanks to 'SI-Drive', the 'Subaru Intelligent Drive' system accessed via this steering wheel switch. Here, there's a basic choice of the efficient 'Intelligent' 'I' setting you'll use most of the time and the 'S Mode' that improves throttle response and allows you to play with the gearshift paddles across six simulated gears. This XT petrol turbo model adds a third 'S#' Mode with eight simulated gears and sharper engine and throttle response.

Design and Build

Sit this fourth-generation car next to its predecessor and it actually looks less adventurous. A bit more generously proportioned maybe, but a lot of the more overt detailing has been toned back. It's still a fairly good looking thing but it's no head turner. The interior has come on leaps and bounds though, with Subaru wisely investing in the 'touch points' such as the steering wheel, handbrake and gear shift, while optimising the switchgear feel of all other controls. Those of you who remember Subaru interiors feeling about as plush as a Photo-Me booth will appreciate the use of higher grade materials on the dashboard, the centre console and doors. Some of it still looks a little Japanese generic and it does look a whole lot better with a touch screen in the double DIN entertainment slot. There's plenty of room inside. The third generation Forester found itself outclassed by cars like the Toyota RAV4, the Honda CR-V, the Land Rover Freelander and the Nissan X-TRAIL when it came to interior packaging. Subaru has taken that lesson on board and the result is that there's a 23mm increase in rear legroom, while the base of the A-pillar has been moved forward 200mm, improving visibility and creating a sense of spaciousness for front seat occupants. The overall width of the cabin has grown 20mm to 1,540mm, increasing the distance between the driver and front passenger seat to bring about best-in-class shoulder room and elbow space. Compared to the previous Forester, boot space is enlarged by 12 per cent, from 450 to 505-litres. When the rear seats are folded down, boot space increases to 1,592-litres, giving an immensely usable area. There's even a powered tailgate that Subaru are very proud of, although it is painfully slow to operate.

Market and Model

Though Forester motoring starts at around £25,000, you'll need around £31,000 for this flagship petrol turbo XT model. Still, it does cone well equipped with niceties like automatic auto-levelling HID headlamps, power-folding mirrors, auto wipers, cruise control, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat and one of the largest electric sliding glass sunroofs in the segment. Plus Lineartronic CVT auto transmission with X-Mode 4WD. As for safety, well a full five star Euro NCAP rating is justified by a kit rosta including twin front, side, curtain and knee airbags as well as all of the usual electronic assistance for traction and braking along with VDC stability control that also operates the emergency brake assist system. There's also a Trailer Stability Control system which will interest owners wanting to exercise the usefully broad 2000kg braked towing limit. Plus there's an energy-absorbing brake pedal, front seats with energy-absorbing backs, anti-whiplash front head restraints, ISOFIX childseat fastenings and pedestrian-friendly design for the front bonnet and bumper.

Cost of Ownership

Foresters used to have a dreadful reputation as unreconstructed fuel hogs but much has changed. Normally, a more capable car is a more expensive one to run. You'd certainly expect that the permanent Symmetical 4WD system of this Forester would exact more of a fuel and emissions penalty than would be found on most other rivals, cars that trundle around in two wheel drive most of the time, with all-wheel traction only being introduced when needed. Thanks to enhancements like an Active Valve Control System for the exhaust, electric power steering and low rolling resistance tyres, the figures suggest otherwise. This XT petrol turbo returns 33.2mpg on the combined cycle and 197g/km of CO2. A useful rotating fuel economy gauge keeps you in touch with how close to your current average consumption figure you're getting. That only leaves insurance groupings - set at group 34 for this top model - and the peace of mind of a five year / 100,000 mile warranty.

Summary

Subaru must be getting fed up with the Forester's reputation as a bit of a sleeper vehicle that only really appeals to a clued-in minority. It's had a tough time in recent years due to Subaru's pricing, the company held at the mercy of the strong yen, but things have changed in that regard and prices have come down. Or at least they have when it comes to most variants of this car. The XT petrol turbo we've been looking at here is still a premium cost product but it undoubtably offers more capability than many obvious rivals - Volkswagen's Tiguan R-line 2.0 TSI 4MOTION DSG for example. Of course, without the marketing might of a Ford, Volkswagen or Toyota, it's tough for Subaru to communicate that fact but the truth is that this car handles well both on and off road, is well equipped and is reasonably priced for what you get. And overall? Well this Forester emerges as one of the best cars in its class if you really plan on using it to its full potential. If you want something tough that won't make you feel like you're roughing it, the Forester is about as good as it gets.

Performance
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Handling
80%
Comfort
80%
Space
80%
Styling
70%
Build
90%
Value
80%
Equipment
70%
Economy
70%
Depreciation
70%
Insurance
70%

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