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Subaru Forester review - Interior, design and technology

The Forester’s evolutionary design hides an up-to-date platform and clever, solid engineering

To the untrained eye the latest Subaru Forester looks much like the old car, but it’s actually entirely new – the familiarity of the car’s design was an intentional choice on the part of Subaru’s designers. The Forester uses Subaru’s latest mechanical underpinnings, shared with the Impreza and XV models. It’s longer and wider than before, with a sharper design that incorporates some modern touches with more traditional SUV dimensions. 

Inside, quality is much-improved over that of the old model. It doesn’t boast the most cohesive design but the car’s cabin feels luxurious and built to last, with plenty of hard-wearing plastics and some genuine attempts to make things feel plush. 

All models come well equipped too – dual-zone air con, heated door mirrors, keyless entry and go, eight-way electrically adjustable memory seats and automatic LED headlights are all included as standard.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

The Forester doesn’t feel quite as high-tech as some rivals; analogue dials feature behind the steering wheel and the overall layout isn’t quite as stylish as some of the competition. Infotainment isn’t terrible, however – there’s a total of three screens, one between the dials and two on the dash. A larger eight-inch main display is bright, clear and fairly easy to read, while a smaller screen on the dash-top is reserved for displaying vehicle data including the EyeSight safety systems and power flow for the car’s mild-hybrid set-up. 

All models come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard; sat-nav is only available on XE Premium models, but smartphone users won’t need to worry. Voice recognition and Bluetooth connectivity are featured as standard on all models, as is DAB radio.

Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    2.0i XE Lineartronic 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £31,810

Most Economical

  • Name
    2.0i e-Boxer XE 5dr Lineartronic
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £34,820

Fastest

  • Name
    2.0i e-Boxer XE 5dr Lineartronic
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £34,820

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