2014 Subaru Forester | new car review
Neat dashboard layout.
Highly overpriced for what it brings to the table.
The 2014 Subaru Forester sports a hexagonal grille, a protruding centre section on its hood and subtle contours along its body. Though not revolting, it is clear that the styling isn’t the mid-size crossover’s strongest point.
There’s something particularly Subaru-arian about the interior. The way the hood extends over the central A/C vents and houses a small navigation system, there’s no confusing it with an offering from any other manufacturer out there. Flaunting the capacity to seat 5 individuals, the Forester also boasts an impressive 422 litres of cargo space with the seats up, which extends to a whopping 1,481 litres once the rear seats have been stowed away.
Subaru’s Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frames have not only helped Subaru reach world-class levels of collision safety, but also reduce weight at the same time. By mastering edge welding techniques on centre pillars and front frame support members, the Forester is one mid-size crossover that cocoons you and your passengers in a field of protection against collisions from any direction.
Under its hood, the 2014 Subaru Forester houses a 2.5 litre horizontally opposed 4 cylinder engine that produces 172 horsepower and 229 Nm of torque, while being mated to a 4 speed sports shift automatic transmission. Three variants of the Forester are available and depending on how high you wish to climb the spec ladder, prices range from AED 82,000 to AED 110,000.
If you’re on a tight budget, then the Hyundai Tucson seems like a better bet, simply because you save AED 10,000 and drive home a better looking car. If budget isn’t an issue, then nothing comes close to the Ford Escape as far as features go, and it costs just AED 1,000 more than the Forester. So why should you buy the Forester? Well, you shouldn’t.