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2015 (15) Subaru Forester2.0 XE 5dr

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Bluetooth Handsfree Phone ConnectionCruise control
Interior fuel flap releaseMulti-information display
Rear view cameraService interval indicator
Speed sensitive power steeringVoice control system

Entertainment

2 DIN audio system with single CD2 USB ports
6 speakersAuxiliary input socket
Steering wheel mounted audio controls 

Exterior Features

Automatic headlightsAutomatic rain sensing wipers
Body colour bumpersDaytime running lights
Electric folding door mirrorsElectric sliding sunroof
Front and rear electric windowsFront fog lamps
Heated door mirrorsHigh Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps
Intermittent front and rear wash/wipePop-up headlamp washers
Roof antennaRoof spoiler
Silver roof railsUV 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
Centre console storage boxCloth upholstery
Cupholders - 2 in rear centre armrestDefroster vents for front and side windows
Door pockets with bottle holderDriver/passenger vanity mirrors with covers
Dual zone automatic air conditioningFront centre armrest
Front head restraintsFront map lights
Heated front seatsIsofix child seat preparation
Leather steering wheel and gear knobLuggage area lamp
Luggage hooksOverhead console
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 start assistThree 3 point rear seatbelts
WIL whiplash protection front seats 

Security

Remote central locking + deadlocksRemote Thatcham Cat 1 alarm/immobiliser

Technical

Self levelling suspensionSVDC - Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control

Wheels

17" 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 - ICE

CO2 (g/km)160Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1995Compression Ratio10.5:1
Cylinder LayoutFLAT 4Cylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)84Cylinders - Stroke (mm)90
Engine LayoutNORTH SOUTHFuel DeliveryMULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears6 SPEEDNumber of Valves16
TransmissionMANUAL 

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)40.9EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)47.1EC Urban (mpg)33.2

General

Badge Engine CC2.0Badge Power150
Coin SeriesXEInsurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0723E
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 Mileage12000Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)10.6Engine Power - BHP150
Engine Power - KW110Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM6200Engine Torque - LBS.FT146
Engine Torque - MKG20.2Engine Torque - NM198
Engine Torque - RPM4200Top Speed118

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front225/60 R17
Tyre Size Rear225/60 R17Tyre Size SpareFULL SIZE
Wheel Type17" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1735Length4595
Wheelbase2640Width1795

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)60Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1577
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)505Max. Towing Weight - Braked1800
Minimum Kerbweight1477No. 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 fourth generation Subaru Forester might veer towards the mainstream a little more than before but it remains a brilliant all-rounder. The latest version gets suspension tweaks and a smarter look. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

Wouldn't it be nice to find a properly capable compact SUV? A car that could walk the walk as well as talking the talk? A car like this one, the improved facelifted version of Subaru's fourth generation Forester. Everything about this design seems to be nicely balanced, from the shape and positioning of its unique 'Boxer' engines to the shape and positioning of its intended clientele. People who want something fashionable, but don't need to make a fashion statement. People who want something tough and rugged, but don't need to tackle the Rubicon Trail. So the smarter styling inside and out will go down as well as the Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system and the X-Mode off road technology. It's all been very carefully thought out.

Background

You buy this car for what it does, not for what it says about you. Talk to almost any Forester owner and they'll tell you of times when they cruised past other similar vehicles that came unstuck when the going got tough. They'll tell you that nothing ever fell off. That nothing ever went wrong. And that nothing would persuade them to buy anything else. Which would be great for Subaru's UK importers if there were a lot of these kinds of people. But there aren't. Since the original launch of this model way back in 1997, it's remained a small niche choice amongst rural buyers who often still think of it as the kind of car it was in its first two generations of life - a kind of rough road estate. That appeal was subtly tweaked in third generation form to create something more Freelander or RAV4-like, an approach further refined by this MK4 model, a car launched here in the Summer of 2012 with more space and technology, plus a wider range of engines. The only real issues with that model centred around the rather low rent interior and the lack of an auto gearbox option for the diesel engine. Both those issues have now been rectified, leaving this a model in search of a wider, if still very discerning, audience. Let's try it.

Driving Experience

This improved Forester model features a range of suspension tweaks said to improve ride quality and agility, but the key engineering elements this car's buying proposition has always been founded upon haven't changed. So you still get Subaru's trademark Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive and the low centre of gravity offered by a horizontally-opposed, or 'boxer'-style engine. All those on offer are of 2.0-litres in capacity - and all are very different. Most British buyers will want the 147PS diesel, a willing unit with 350Nm of torque capable of rest to sixty two mph in 10.2s on the way to 118mph. To be frank, it's a better choice than the alternative 150PS petrol unit that, though returning an almost identical set of performance figures, must in reality shift a fully-laden Forester with about 40% less pulling power. Still, if your car's likely to enjoy a slightly easier life, it may just be all you need. At the top of the range, there's a version that aims to broaden the customer base a bit, the pokey 240PS XT petrol turbo, capable of rest to sixty two mph in 7.5s on the way to 137mph. It's available only with the Lineartronic CVT gearbox that's optional on the normally aspirated petrol variant and the standard diesel. And it's this auto transmission that you have to have to get all the technology developed for this car. Built in is an 'X-Mode' system that incorporates hill descent control and adjusts the stability control and throttle responsiveness to give maximum control in slippery conditions. Plus there's the 'Subaru Intelligent Drive' system vehicle dynamics system that enables you to adjust the response of your car to the mood you're in and the road you're on. And off roading? Well, you'll be surprised by just how far you can go across poorly surfaced terrain. For a start, the 220mm ground clearance on offer is far better than most of the competition can offer, complemented by useful approach and departure angles of 25 and 26-degrees.

Design and Build

In its latest form, this Forester has had an exterior and interior refresh. At the front of the car, the hexagonal grille has been updated with a 'wing' motif grille mesh, while the front bumper has been reshaped and now features L-shaped chrome trim adding greater visual volume to the lower part of the front end. The wraparound headlamps - retaining Subaru's signature 'hawk-eye' shape - feature a black base paint finish and there are smarter LED combination lamps at the rear. Inside the cabin, higher quality materials and technologies have been introduced to further modernise the interior. Buyers get higher-resolution TFT displays and fresh cloth and leather upholstery options. These improvements build upon a previous model update that saw the addition of a factory-fit 7-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system in all but entry-level models. As before, particular attention has been given to the controls and areas most regularly touched by the driver like the steering wheel, the handbrake and the gearshift. There's still nothing here to give Audi designers any sleepless nights but it's a big step forward for a Forester. Otherwise, things are much as they were, so there's the familiar long, wide design featuring a high bonnet leading into a muscular shoulder line running the length of the vehicle. There's quite a sleek feel too, thanks to a roofline that curves downwards towards the rear into tail lamps positioned to emphasise the body width. Plus this remains the practical AWD estate it always has been, with a 505-litre cargo area out back.

Market and Model

Forester pricing sits in the £27,000 to £31,000 bracket. Unusually, it's the diesel rather than the petrol version that represents the most affordable way into this car, though that's only because the base diesel variant forgoes some of the equipment you'll find on all petrol models. The CVT Lineartronic automatic transmission is a £1,500 option on both petrol and diesel variants and is standard on the XT petrol turbo model. Unlike its competitors, Subaru doesn't offer a 2WD option, so all models get the Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system that's better engineered than almost anything you'll find on the soft roading competition. If, having considered all of this, you conclude that is is a Forester you really want, then whichever of the All-Wheel-Drive 2.0-litre Boxer-engined models you choose - base petrol, diesel or petrol XT turbo - you should find your car to be decently equipped. All models get automatic air conditioning, 17" alloy wheels, roof rails, front foglamps, heated electric mirrors, a four-speaker stereo system with USB and auxiliary audio input jack, Bluetooth 'phone connectivity and Hill Start Assist to stop you from drifting backwards on uphill junctions.

Cost of Ownership

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. Take the 49.6mpg combined cycle fuel figure and 148g/km CO2 reading you'll get from a diesel Forester. It's pretty close to the returns posted by direct rivals like Volkswagen's Tiguan 2.0 TDI 4MOTION, Toyota's RAV4 2.0 D-4D AWD and Honda's CR-V DTEC. Also competitive are the returns posted by petrol Forester models, with the base 150PS version using an Auto Start-Stop system to deliver 40.9mpg on the combined cycle and 160g/km of CO2, whilst for the XT petrol turbo, the figures are 33.2mpg and 197g/km. 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 between groups 23 and 34 - and the peace of mind of a five year / 100,000 mile warranty.

Summary

Subaru, you sense, has come full circle, established here as an SUV brand and now uncompromisingly proud of it. The company's earliest models were sold alongside farm machinery and beneath the plush polish you get in today's Forester, a bit of that same rugged appeal still remains, creating in this car a much tougher, more solid-feeling product than you'll find in compact 4x4 competitors. It's certainly a refreshing alternative to the lifestyle legacy of soft-roadingness that has clogged up our cities and school runs with models about as suited to the Serengeti as a celebrity in the jungle. Yet crucially, it's now one you could consider as a realistic alternative to more compromised competitors. This Forester is fashionable without being trendy. And built to last while never feeling utilitarian. In short, it's the kind of car it really ought to be, a vehicle in which four wheel drive is fundamental, rather than simply an optional extra and as a result, one of the best cars in its class to buy if you really plan on using it to its full potential. True, the result may not be as smoothly cultured as less capable rivals, but when conditions worsen, you won't care about that. And you'll probably be glad that you chose one of these.

Performance
70%
Handling
60%
Comfort
60%
Space
70%
Styling
70%
Build
70%
Value
60%
Equipment
70%
Economy
70%
Depreciation
70%
Insurance
60%

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

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Personal contract purchase

Monthly payment£230.28
Deposit£1480
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate4.6%
Cash price£14,798
Credit amount£13,318
Completion fee£1
Guaranteed future value£5838
Total amount payable£18,142.16
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge3.31p per mile
Representative APR8.9%
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