Simon Lai road tests and reviews the 2015 Subaru Forester 2.0D-S.
This our first look at the new Subaru Forester since the latest upgrade which saw the introduction of a diesel auto variant.
I got behind the wheel of the 2015 Subaru Forester 2.0D-S and the 2.0D-L both with the new constant variable transmission.
Admittedly I haven’t driven the previous manual version so I don’t have a point of comparison, but the CVT option probably won’t leave you wanting to go back to the stick shift.
Using the same Subaru Lineartronic transmission also found in the Liberty and Outback, stepping through the gears is no drama and it handles well around corners. Steering and braking are a softer than in the other two models but response is still direct.
The rest of the powertrain consists of a 2.0 litre boxer engine that has a strong output of 350Nm of torque on top of the 108kW of power. Acceleration is on the noisy side with the obvious grinding sound of the turbo diesel but the drive feels light.
Most of the overall internal design is reminiscent of the Outback and Liberty ranges possessing more robust seats and a centre console that is narrower and more upright in style but isn’t much different from the previous years.
The A/C controls are made up of three large dials and a small display screen is situated above the air vents. This shows average fuel economy in an array of graphical representations plus wheel distribution for AWD mode and traction control. And if you’re wondering, I registered 8.6L/100km.
One other new inclusion in the updated series is the 7” touchscreen which is pretty much the same unit again found in the Liberty and Outback. The same sophisticated looking, responsive screen surrounded by touch sensitive buttons add to the smooth look.
Satellite navigation is also installed in the upper spec 2.0D-S model.
With the starting price for the Forester 2.0D-S set at $41,490 you pay around six thousand more than the 2.0D-L for a package that has push button start/keyless entry, leather trim seats, powered and heated front seats, heated mirrors, rain sensing wipers and Xenon headlights.
The 2.0D-S also has an average sized electric sunroof and just like the Outback, a powered tailgate with opening height memory. The annoying thing is the convoluted control system from the driver’s seat isn’t the same and is not so intuitive to set the height. It was one of the few times I had to refer to the manual.
Getting around offroad is no trouble with a 220mm ground clearance and the chassis sitting on 18” alloy wheels. This combined with the AWD and hill descent system, Subaru’s X-mode, traction is no problem for moderate terrain.
Overall, the new auto transmission in the diesel 2015 Subaru Forester 2.0D-S is something you can live with, making trips around town or in the bush all the more easier.
Also check out our review of the base model Forester 2.0D-L and our story on the new Special Edition Forester.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Subaru Forester 2.0D-S
Engine: 2.0 litre turbo diesel producing 108kW and 350Nm
Warranty: 3 year Unlimited km
Safety: Five Stars
Price: From $35,490