Subaru Forester: Prepare to want one

Subaru Forester: Prepare to want one

When I recently received the opportunity to test the Subaru Forester 2.5-litre XS CVT from Subaru Centurion, I grabbed it with both hands.

Usually I am not that confident in driving a mega SUV but Gavin Gordon marketing manager at Subaru Centurion reassured me of the compact feeling whist driving this particular Forester. I truly under minded his sentiments when he confirmed that “it’s almost like driving a larger sedan”. Alas, a few minutes later I was on the phone telling him how right he was.  I must admit that due it being a week day test drive and having to visit clients within different towns and suburbs in Johannesburg, it was a rather lonely feeling due to its gigantic carriage.

A family of five can fit into the Forester with ease. I envisioned myself travelling with my hubby and kids, especially the kids, always moaning for each other’s space and found myself amused at the thought of this being almost nonexistent within the space of the rear seating of the Forester.

This Forester was pleasant to drive on the open road and even though I indicated and then headed onto the right lane and was rudely abrupted by another motorist, I found that the car handling was in perfect accordance with me maneuvering it.  I felt the ride to be smooth and yielding and was enormously contented in the Forester.

The forester features a multi-function display (with reverse camera), six speakers, full connectivity, steering wheel mounted controls, cruise control and 7 airbags. The driver’s seat is power adjustable which I am absolutely growing to adore in these modern trendy SUV’s.

The interior trim for the top 3 models is leather, which includes steering wheel, gear knob and hand break. There are plentiful hooks, cup and bottle holders. The boot is 505 liters with the rear seats up and a massive 1564 litres with the rear seats folded flat. Ground clearance is an adequate 220mm and it offers a decent control in steep, low-grip terrain. Even though I was not faced with rainy, blurred weather I am assured that The Forester will perform faultlessly on gravel roads and in the rain. The paddle gears just behind the steering wheel work very well. With the SI-DRIVE switch your driving preference can be well adjusted to.

Over and above a simply enjoyable and safe encounter with my mean dream test drive machine, I cannot fault the Forester in any precise means or ways.

Desh Bechan