Forester Is Top Compact SUV

Mon, 30/06/2014

Subaru’s Forester 2.5i-L has rated first among 10 compact Sports Utility Vehicles in a mega-comparison test published in the July edition of 4x4 Australia magazine.
Under the heading “Uniquely different”, the magazine says: “Thanks partly to the fact that the Forester is the lightest vehicle here, it offers strong performance and good economy….”
Among the competitors Forester out-ranked were the Hyundai ix35 Elite, Toyota RAV4 GXL AWD, Honda CR-V VTi-L, Mazda CX- Maxx Sport, Volkswagen Tiguan 132TSI Pacific and Nissan X-Trail ST-L.
4x4 adds: “What’s more, the Forester’s engine doesn’t suffer from the same harshness and NVH issues of its in-line four-cylinder rivals, as a boxer four is inherently much better balanced than a straight four.”
It continues: “The chassis is equally good, offering both a smooth, comfortable ride with sporting overtones and an impressive balance when driven hard. Loaded with four people, the Forester’s suspension also continues to perform well, something that can’t be said of many of the other vehicles here.”
4x4 says: “Off-road, the Forester offers good clearance and a clean, well tucked-in underside.”
It concludes: “It’s a genuine all-rounder and no doubt benefits from the vast experience that Subaru has with this type of vehicle.
For the full nine-page feature, see the July edition of 4x4 Australia, out now.