The Subaru Forester is somewhat of an elusive character. Even though it’s a good car it is hardly seen on our roads. In order to change that Subaru has given the car a mild refresh. Here’s what you need to know.
At the front of the car, the Forester's distinctive hexagonal grille has been updated with a new 'wing' motif grille mesh, while the front bumper has been reshaped and now features new L-shaped chrome trim adding greater visual volume to the lower part of the Forester's 'face'. The change is designed to emphasise the car's relatively low centre of gravity, wide stance and innate stability. The wraparound headlamps - retaining Subaru's signature 'hawk-eye' shape - feature a new black base paint finish for a sharper appearance.
Inside the cabin, Subaru has made use of new materials and technologies which have been introduced to further modernise the interior and introduce a higher-quality look and feel, while still retaining the functionality for which the Forester is renowned. The interior is finished with a higher proportion of soft-touch materials, new piano black and metallic trim, higher-resolution TFT displays and new cloth and leather upholstery options - including a new brown leather option. Following the adoption of Subaru's new 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system in 2015, the changes to the 2016 Subaru Forester are designed to further improve the quality look and feel of the cabin.
Subaru Forester features a range of modifications to improve ride quality and agility, and ensure greater refinement for passengers. Updated suspension settings at the front and rear ensure the car remains comfortable and refined, particularly over broken or choppy surfaces, while the adoption of a new steering gearbox quickens the steering ratio to improve reactions to steering inputs.
As for the engines, well they remain unchanged. Buyers can choose from three 2.0-litre horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engines. A naturally aspirated unit, a turbocharged unit and a diesel unit are on offer. A six-speed manual transmission is fitted as standard to the 2.0i and 2.0D models, with an optional Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission. Lineartronic is standard on XT models, equipped with the turbocharged petrol engine.
In uneven or slippery road conditions, the all-terrain capability of the standard Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive is enhanced further with the X-Mode on Lineartronic CVT models, a control system which includes Hill Descent Control and makes traction even better than the outgoing model's.