2010 (59) Subaru Forester2.0D XS NavPlus 5dr

Workington Ford / Citroën / DS
Only £6498

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Cruise controlDVD based colour touch screen satellite navigation
Exterior temperature gaugeInformation display
Interior fuel flap releaseOn board computer
Rear view cameraSpeed sensitive power steering
TachometerTwin trip meter
Voice control system + Bluetooth Preparation 

Entertainment

7 speakersAuxiliary input socket in centre console
RDS stereo radio/MP3/WMA with CD/DVDSteering wheel mounted audio/cruise controls

Exterior Features

Aluminium bonnetBody colour bumpers
Body colour door handlesBody colour door mirrors
Chromed exhaust mufflerCollapsible windscreen wipers
Electric folding door mirrorsFront and rear electric windows
Front fog lampsHeated electric door mirrors
Heated windscreenHigh Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps
Intermittent front and rear wash/wipeParking light
Pop-up headlamp washersRoof rails
Roof spoiler 

Interior Features

12V socket in rear of vehicle12V socket/cigarette lighter
2 cargo hooks3 passenger grab handles
5 height adjustable headrests60/40 split one touch flat folding rear seats
Auto air conditioning with climate controlBlue LED ambient lighting
Cargo area lightsCargo area storage compartment
Centre console cupholderComfort seats + memory
Driver/passenger sunvisors and vanity mirrorsElectric driver's seat
Fold down multi purpose front centre armrestFront and rear cup holders
Front centre console with storage/12v power outletFront door storage bins
Front seat backrest storage netsFront windscreen demister
Heated front seatsIlluminated ignition switch
Interior roof lightIsofix child seat preparation
Leather steering wheel and gear knobLeather upholstery
Rear window demisterRemoveable + retractable cargo security cover
Retractable rear tray with cup holdersSteering column support beam
Tilt/reach adjustable steering wheelTwin map reading lights
Twin overhead (sunglasses) storage compartments 

Safety

'Childproof' rear door locks4 channel ABS
Active front headrest systemDoor open warning light
Driver seatbelt warning indicatorDual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
Electronic brake force distributionFront and rear curtain airbags
Height adjustable front seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limitersSide airbags
Three 3 point rear seatbelts 

Security

Electric window lockKeyless smart entry with push button start
Remote central locking + deadlocksRemote Thatcham Cat 1 alarm/immobiliser
Shielded locks 

Technical

Rear limited-slip differentialSelf levelling suspension
SVDC - 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

CO2 (g/km)170Noise Level dB(A)70.3
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 5 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1998Compression Ratio16.3:1
Cylinder LayoutFLAT 4Cylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)86Cylinders - Stroke (mm)86
Engine LayoutNORTH SOUTHFuel DeliveryCOMMON RAIL
Gears6 SPEEDNumber of Valves16
TransmissionMANUAL 

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)44.1EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)47.9EC Urban (mpg)38.2

General

Badge Engine CC2.0Badge Power147
Coin DescriptionDCoin SeriesXS NavPlus
Insurance Group 110Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0723E
Insurance Group 2EEURO NCAP Front and Side Impact test - Star Rating.9
EURO NCAP Pedestrian test - Star Rating.9Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)10.4Engine Power - BHP147
Engine Power - KW108Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM3600Engine Torque - LBS.FT258
Engine Torque - MKG36Engine Torque - NM350
Engine Torque - RPM2400Top Speed116

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front225/55 R17
Tyre Size Rear225/55 R17Tyre Size SpareFULL SIZE
Wheel Type17" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1675Height (including roof rails)1700
Length4560Wheelbase2615
Width1780 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)64Gross Vehicle Weight2050
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1610Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)450
Max. Loading Weight500Max. Roof Load80
Max. Towing Weight - Braked2000Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked750
Minimum Kerbweight1550No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.5
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

Fitted with a class-leading diesel engine, Subaru's improved Forester is suddenly an informed choice for compact 4x4 and all-wheel drive estate buyers alike. Jonathan Crouch reports

Ten Second Review

The Subaru Forester's clever diesel 2.0D engine, along with the current generation model's larger body, puts the car in a better position than ever before to snag sales from traditional Freelander and RAV4-sized smallish 4x4s, all well as to continue to serve those family buyers who need occasional extra traction and are in search of something just that little bit different.

Background

This Japanese brand took its time in developing a diesel engine but the end result was worth the wait, particularly for customers of the Forester, the marque's rather interesting cross between all-wheel drive estate and compact 4x4. It seems astonishing that the car managed to campaign quite successfully on the UK market for over ten years without one, but that tells you a lot about the loyal following this model has attracted since its launch here in 1997. Here, we're looking at an improved version of the third generation model, which takes on Freelander-sized small SUVs and 4x4 estates like Skoda's Octavia Scout. It looks decent value too, which should appeal to the more pragmatic buyers who are going to be particularly attracted by this 2.0D version.

Driving Experience

This Forester diesel has a number of class-leading qualities but one of them isn't the 145PS output of its boxer engine which struggles a little more with this weightier model than it does when installed in the company's more tarmac-orientated Legacy range. Still, the rest to sixty sprint is dispatched in a quite acceptable 10.6 seconds on the way to a top speed of 114mph, which is quite as fast as most will want to go. Usefully, the extra engine torque over the petrol model allows a full 2,000 kg braked towing limit. The class-leading bits are the emissions (155g/km), fuel economy (47.9mpg on the combined cycle) and range (in Europe, you'll be able to go around 1,000kms between fill-ups). Refinement is another huge strength: when this engine was fitted in the Legacy, Subaru claimed a lower official moving sound level than a Rolls-Royce Phantom. That's down to the engine's unique configuration. Traditionally, diesels have been either traditional upright straight or V-configured units. Subaru has founded its reputation of the low centre of gravity afforded by a horizontally-opposed, or boxer, engine where the cylinders lay flat on their sides, the pistons travelling towards each other like the fists of two pugilists. Manufacturing a diesel engine in this guise has taken some effort but the travails have been worth it.

Design and Build

Tweaks to this improved third generation Forester aren't very great, amounting to little more than a smarter chrome finish on the front grille and more compact wing mirrors. Inside, a revised instrument binnacle and a re-designed steering wheel try to lift things a bit but the overall effect here is still anything but sophisticated, with the emphasis on hard-wearing durability rather than slush-moulded style. Probably, that's as it should be, for it all feels in keeping with this Subaru's rugged remit and certainly seems to have been built to last. And anyway, there are compensations. The seats are brilliantly comfortable and visibility around and about from the huge glasshouse is exceptional. In the back, there's far more legroom than you'll find on comparable small SUVs, though as usual in this class of car, three adults will feel rather squashed, though they can at least recline the backrest for greater comfort on longer journeys. The boot meanwhile, offers 450-litres of space, extendable to 1,610-litres should you decide to flatten the 60/40 split-folding rear bench. Plus the front passenger seat can also be flattened if that proves not to be enough. This car is also better suited than most of its rivals to the carriage of heavier loads thanks to the standard fitment of self-levelling suspension.

Market and Model

Forester diesel customers pay a premium of around £1,700 more than the comparable 2.0-litre 150bhp petrol engine but they do get a choice of three trim levels - X, XC and XS. Apart from the expected symmetrical all-wheel drive system, all versions get Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control, self-levelling rear suspension, fuel-saving electric power steering and 16" alloy wheels. You can also expect to find all-round electric windows, 60/40-split rear seats with reclining back-rests, climate-control air-conditioning, a decent CD stereo, front fog lamps, a vehicle information display, a leather-covered height and reach-adjustment steering wheel, heated front seats, mirrors and windscreen wipers plus cruise-control. In the XC, you get bigger alloys, a better stereo and a full-length sunroof, while the pricey XS adds leather seats and satellite navigation. Much of the engineering and equipment on the Forester positions it as one of the more advanced vehicles in its class. Safety is particularly important for family buyers and the Forester excels in impact absorption for both the vehicle occupants and pedestrians. The front seats get seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters, the brake pedal is collapsible, all pillars feature impact absorbent materials and there are front, side and curtain airbags.

Cost of Ownership

Perhaps it's this car's slightly rough and ready character. Or the fact that I expected to have to pay a little extra for greater capability. Whichever, I came to Forester motoring expecting that its running costs would be a little higher than those of Freelander/RAV4 or CR-V-style competitors. Actually, quite the reverse is true. The figures for this 2.0-litre diesel variant are almost unbeaten in this segment, thanks to a relatively light kerb weight and the most recent engine changes which, for example, have improved fuel economy by over 7%, leading to a 47.9mpg combined cycle figure in the entry-level diesel variant. As a result, this car can claim the longest operating range of any car of this kind, the larger 64-litre fuel tank fitted to this improved MK3 model offering the opportunity to go as far as 1,000kms (or around 625 miles) between fuel stops. At the same time, this Euro5-compatible powerplant is also cleaner than you might expect, with a DPF Diesel Particulate Filter and a 155g/km CO2 figure. There's also the peace of mind of Subaru's industry-leading ETCo (Everything Taken Care of) package, an after-sales scheme like no other, including benefits worth up to £7,000.

Summary

Without this diesel engine, the Forester would have remained, at best, a bit player in the compact 4x4 sector. Thus equipped however, it suddenly becomes an intriguing left-field choice amongst those not planning anything too arduous on the rough stuff and looking for something that won't look too embarrassing when you pass the green protesters with their placards at the school gate. Its refinement is a particular strength, showing up some diesel 4x4 rivals for the unacceptably loud rumblers that they actually are. And class-leadership in terms of running costs? In a Subaru? It'll take a little time to get used to that one. Taking time to get this unit right has been one of the benefits of the Forester's tardy appearance at this particular party.

Performance
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Handling
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Comfort
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Space
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Styling
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Build
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Value
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Equipment
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Economy
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Depreciation
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Insurance
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