2013 Subaru Forester Review

The 2013 Subaru Forester is the perfect car if you are looking for a small car with a bit more space and an all-weather capability. While its exterior is attractive, its interior is simple and straightforward which is better than other advanced cars having technical interiors. The car’s strengths have always been its off-road abilities and spacious interiors.

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Driving Experience
The Forester’s suspension offers good body control that is better than its taller rivals. However it’s steering is not ideal as though light enough for easy town work, it is inconsistently weighted when driving at higher speeds.

Moreover, the insufficient weight around the straight ahead makes you need to continually make adjustments just to remain on the right lane on motorways.

While things improve at high speeds, low-speed rides on the Subaru Forester are a bit fidgety on broken surfaces. The diesel engine is surprising smooth and offers a healthy torque; but does sound strained while revving.

The smaller petrol engine version is a more refined and quieter choice. The Lineartronic CVT gearbox in petrol models do reduce CO2 emissions but at the same time, creates more noise in the cabin on acceleration. Tire and wind noise is however minimal. If you opt for an automatic Subaru Forester, you will love its off-road abilities.

Interior
The new Forester is longer, taller and wider than ever with a longer wheelbase than its predecessors. Even its front pillars and dashboard are moved forwards to offer more cabin space and better head and legroom in the front seats for a comfortable drive.

Its extended wheelbase lets two six-foot adults happily sit in the back; however its shoulder-room is rather tight. While its rear seats split 60/40 and do fold on pressing a button in the boot compartment, they do not go completely flat and it’s not possible to adjust the boot floor for height.

The Subaru Forester has a solid and functional dash and switchgear that is easy to reach and understand. However the drawback here is that the material is not classy and the standard stereo is not great with tinny sound quality.

While the standard kit on the 2.0D X has a CD player, USB connection, AC, Bluetooth, hill-start assist and heated front seats, the more expensive XE trim has additional rear-view camera, electric front seats, automatic lights and wipers, cruise and climate controls and rear seats that fold with a touch.

The top Premium models have additional electric tailgates, leather seats and a sat-nav.

Conclusion
It makes sense to buy the entry-level diesel Subaru Forester as it is efficient and has standard equipment. However the car does not actually provide great value for money and nor is it cheap to run.

Its rivals are not only cheaper options to buy; they also offer better fuel efficiency, emit less CO2 and have a more standard kit.

However if you are one of those who really values serious off-road abilities, then there may be some financial sense in buying the 2013 Subaru Forester.

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