2010 Subaru Forester | new car review

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 by










The Forester is, at the time of writing, the newest model in Subaru’s range, with the latest generation of SUV having been introduced in 2008.

Little changed for either the 2009 or 2010 model year; the Forester is still driven by permanent four-wheel drive and, although designed with the road in mind, should be able to cope with some mild off-road terrain.

However, there are no low range gearbox of lockable differential options to make it a rival to the region’s most popular sand-bashers.

The five-seater Forester is available with one choice of engine – a flat four-cylinder, 2.5-litre unit that produces 229bhp and is attached to a four-speed automatic gearbox.

Three trim levels are on sale. The entry-level model is generously equipped with electric windows and mirrors, cruise control and automatic air conditioning, as well as a CD player, front fog lamps and a roof rail.

The mid-range Forester adds alloy wheels and leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob for only a small amount of cash more than the basic model.

The full-option model, at the time of writing, was the only version of the 2010 Forester on sale. Although nothing changes compared to the 2009 model, it was more expensive because of its new-ness by more than 20,000AED. This extra cash gets you a six CD changer and leather upholstery, as well as a sunroof and high intensity headlights.

Standard safety features include ABS, dual front airbags and VDC electronic stability control. The full-spec model forester also gets side and curtain airbags.

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