2015 Subaru Forester 2.0D-S Review

2015 Subaru Forester 2.0D-S Review2015 Subaru Forester 2.0D-S Review

Simon Lai road tests and reviews the 2015 Subaru Forester 2.0D-S.

2015 Subaru Forester 2.0D-S Review

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.

2015 Subaru Forester 2.0D-S Review

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.

2015 Subaru Forester 2.0D-S Review

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.

2015 Subaru Forester 2.0D-S Review

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.

2015 Subaru Forester 2.0D-S Review

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.

2015 Subaru Forester 2.0D-S Review

NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Subaru Forester 2.0D-S

Engine: 2.0 litre turbo diesel producing 108kW and 350Nm

Transmission: CVT

Warranty: 3 year Unlimited km

Safety: Five Stars

Origin: Japan

Price: From $35,490

About the author

Simon Lai

Simon is a writer and sometime contributor to the podcast. He also takes care of video production and product reviews. He met Joel through radio school and has worked with him on other ventures, reading news, producing and presenting radio content for regional networks. Simon doesn’t profess to be a car nut but enjoys driving first and foremost and has a penchant for hot hatches. He helps to provide the everyday-man perspective.