A high-riding four-wheel-drive station wagon with a naturally aspirated gasoline engine and a boxer design – that sounds intriguingly eccentric.
Bling, bling, bling. “Please gaze forward.” Caught! The camera in the cockpit has detected that our sight wanders. And penalized the lack of focus with audio and visual punishment. The 2017 Subaru Forester is concerned with passenger safety.
Obviously, not everyone enjoys having their vehicle watched. In an age of pathological cell phone use while driving, however, such a message is perfectly apt. In this instance, though, the Subaru was the source of distraction, not the smartphone. More specifically, his mental tranquility. It initially transfers to the driver, and then to his eyes.
Unfortunately, neither the power output nor the fuel consumption of the boxer is convincing. The mild-hybrid system typically provides help for the first few meters.
Typically, on the Forester, you gondola in front of you. Its comfort-oriented chassis and four-cylinder boxer do not exactly inspire a sense of urgency. There is no turbocharger that propels the vehicle, simply a mild hybrid electric drive that regulates almost 17 horsepower and 66 lb-ft of torque so long as the 0.6 kWh battery is charged.
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Typically, it takes just a few meters to gain momentum. Or anything in between to maintain the city’s pace. The combustion engine is independent and does not want to exert itself excessively.
At least this is the feeling while accelerating when the continuously variable gearbox allows the speed to increase rapidly and the 2.0-liter engine growls like a puppy that has been booted. Initially, you’re tempted to apologize for the inconvenience. In the end, the 1682-pound Subaru brakes quite sportily, stopping at 34.6 meters from 100 kilometers per hour.
Practical rather than sporty
In your pursuit of deceleration, the Forester will only make you happy if you see it as an antithesis to the typical pseudo-sportiness of SUVs. The Subaru is one of them, although it has little to do with the S for Sports designation and everything to do with the UV or utility vehicle.
The trunk may be instantly enlarged from 509 to 1779 liters by remote unlocking. The cover fits into the compartment below the loading floor.
The elevated four-wheel-drive station wagon with a spacious load area is useful; it is a companion for traveling through rough terrain. Unless the stick is a branch and the rock is not a boulder. A practical underride guard costs 157 euros, while a retractable trailer hitch costs 549 euros. With a poor draft, you should avoid attaching heavy objects.
Also because the consumption, which at 9.2 l/100 km is not exactly low, would continue to rise. Although the Forester is cautious when it comes to propulsion, it is not when it comes to fuel economy.
Does Subaru’s mild-hybrid represent genuine advancement?
Yes. Better fuel economy and emission levels are sufficient justification. no Primarily, the performance’s lack of change is disappointing.
A functional, though not especially affordable, all-wheel-drive car for those who sometimes have done forest-related tasks. Brisk progress? Can others do it better?