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  • Marcus Craft road tests and reviews the Subaru Forester with specs, fuel consumption and verdict at its Australian launch.

    Subaru has enhanced refinement levels for its Forester range, exterior and a retuned suspension that's been tailored to Australian road.

    For the 5th Generation Subaru Forester the weekend's too far away. So stop waiting for Saturday and squeeze more out of every drive. With a stack of 'firsts' - for.

    After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. For , Forester has been given a fresh set of bumpers with LED daytime running lights, new grille and headlamps, and LED taillights. The Forester has to win over buyers of the new Hyundai Tucson, for instance, and an all-new Kia Sportage. The result is enhanced power and torque to make light work of rutted roads and switchback mountain passes.

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    The brand has an incredibly rich and successful history in motorsport, which is perhaps not so relevant to buyers of Forester SUVs, but from that experience has come a very solid foundation of dynamically capable cars and SUVs of all sorts. With the Forester being the perfect example.

    The Forester goes up against some serious competition from the likes of the Mazda CX-5 , which is the best selling car in the medium SUV segment. But where the Mazda does well with its modern styling inside and out as well as its arguably more advanced powertrains, the Forester remains true to its origins by providing an almost utilitarian choice that does everything really well without being the best in any one particular category. Subaru engineers visited Australia to fine-tune the suspension on local roads and the modifications are extensive, with changes to the front and rear damper force, front and rear spring rates, bushes and cross member rigidity and even the rear suspension geometry alignment.

    The stabiliser bar has also been replaced, while perhaps the most noticeable change comes from the steering, which has had its ratio reduced from The Subaru Forester range retains its existing list of diesel and petrol engines which includes 2.

    The base model is basically nothing but a price leader with its smaller engine and its manual-only setup, which means private buyers will mostly be eyeing the 2. Acceleration from a standstill is adequate for normal city driving and once the Forester is up to speed any deficit is barely noticeable, however the lack of torque in the naturally aspirated petrol models makes overtaking on the highway a bit of a chore.

    Thankfully Subaru has an answer, which is the WRX -inspired 2. Though Subaru will release an even sportier version of the Forester — named Forester tS — in a few months time, the Forester range itself is more about practicality and spaciousness than anything else. Behind the wheel the Forester feels smaller than it is, with very direct and sporty steering and a sense of confidence that its permanent all-wheel drive system brings.

    The continuously variable transmission CVT can make plenty of unpleasant noises when under full or even half throttle and while Subaru says it has modified the CVT shift behaviour with the updates, we still found the Forester seeking the optimal rpm and creating an unnatural compared to a regular automatic gearbox sensation as the speed increases but the engine rpm does not.

    One can get used to it, but it could be better. Subaru claims a five per cent improvement in cabin NVH though it certainly felt quieter than that. While it may be regarded as a medium SUV, its boxy dimensions mm in length by mm in width by mm in height make it feel much larger than plenty of its rivals.

    That larger size-perception from the outside becomes reality inside, where the rear seats offer a very generous amount of room for families that require more than one child seat and the use of the middle seat concurrently. Like all Subarus, it offers Isofix child seat anchor points for easy installation of modern seats. The back seats are also a pleasant place to be with the compliant suspension allowing for a smooth ride along both country and suburban roads.

    Outward visibility through those large side windows is excellent. It can comfortably sit four large adults for long trips and the L luggage capacity will do well for families that need to carry large prams or other large items.

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