Subaru Forester review - Reliability and Safety
Subaru’s focus on safety and strong reputation for reliability bode very well for Forester owners
Safety and reliability are Subaru’s strong suits. The Japanese firm has placed a focus on making its cars some of the very safest on sale in recent years, while expertise gained from decades of producing hard-wearing cars has found its way into the brand’s current line-up.
Subaru’s reputation is backed up by a strong showing in our 2019 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. A 6th-place finish (out of 30 manufacturers) put the brand ahead of Honda, Jaguar, Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen to name but a few, although the current Forester itself is too new to have made an appearance. It’s also worth noting that Subaru was voted top for its safety features, beating traditional safety champion Volvo in the process.
Subaru’s EyeSight safety system is fitted as standard – it uses a series of cameras mounted in the windscreen that are used to scan the road for hazards and can use automatic emergency braking to avoid collisions with cars, pedestrians and cyclists. It also incorporates adaptive cruise control, pre-collision throttle management and lane keep/departure assistance. The car includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and lane-change assist as standard, plus reverse automatic braking.
Subaru supplies all of its cars with an impressive 100,000-mile, five-year warranty, so the Forester is competitive in this respect in its class. Hyundai offers its Tucson and Santa Fe SUVs with the same level of cover, while Kia still rules the roost with its famous seven-year, 100,00-mile warranties.
Traditionally, Subaru owners have had to be prepared for fairly steep servicing costs – albeit with the tradeoff of their cars rarely going wrong in between visits to the dealership.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe Subaru Forester is a hard-wearing, over-engineered SUV, but high price limits its appeal
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe latest Subaru Forester is much better to drive than its predecessor, although its CVT gearbox takes some getting used to
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe Forester’s e-Boxer system has improved emissions but fuel economy is still the Subaru’s downfall
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Forester’s evolutionary design hides an up-to-date platform and clever, solid engineering
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceLonger and wider than its predecessor, the Subaru Forester is still a practical car for passengers and luggage
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingSubaru’s focus on safety and strong reputation for reliability bode very well for Forester owners