Discover the engineering, safety and technology highlights that make Forester a true Subaru.
Permanent Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (SAWD) delivers power to all four wheels at all times ensuring enhanced control of the Forester on or off-road - even in poor conditions. The entire drive system, from the Boxer engine to the rear differential, is mounted in a straight, symmetrical line, delivering Forester’s stability and balance.
Forester’s SUBARU Boxer engine has uses a longitudinally-mounted horizontally-opposed configuration. The pistons are placed 180 degrees apart allowing a lower, flatter engine profile. This gives the powerplant - and therefore the whole car - a lower centre of gravity. This more balanced weight distribution gives Forester exceptional handling and poise.
SUBARU’s Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) moves between a span of gear ratios to provide smooth acceleration while keeping the engine at its optimal rev range. Lineartronic preserves momentum that is often lost during gear changes on a manual or traditional automatic transmission, maintaining traction by continuously providing power to the wheels at all times.
X-Mode with Hill Descent Control makes climbing and descending steep, extreme terrain in the Forester controlled, calm and worry-free. When activated, X-Mode with Hill Descent Control takes command of the engine, transmission, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, brakes, and other components to provide the best traction and grip in difficult conditions. Hill Descent Control moderates speed and braking for you when going downhill, allowing you to concentrate on steering.
A 220mm ground clearance shuns uneven ground - allowing the Forester to negotiate rocky, rutted tracks or even ford streams.
Forester’s towing capacity of up to 2000kg lets you hitch up a loaded trailer or caravan whenever the need arises.
EyeSight*1, Subaru’s advanced Driver Assist technology, offers Forester drivers a second pair of eyes. A high-resolution two camera system detects and interprets the environment, accurately tracking things like vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. EyeSight comprises six safety systems that, where necessary, provide warnings and collision avoidance assistance as events unfold.
Forester’s 5* Euro NCAP rating for safety is the testing agency’s highest award. Forester scores highly in all four main test areas with a maximum score for protecting body regions in the side barrier test. Subaru was voted Best Manufacturer for Safety Features in the 2019 Driver Power Survey, the UK's number one car ownership survey.
The keyless entry & push button start system makes short work of setting off. A key fob gives you easy keyless entry. Simply grip the door handles to unlock them and start the engine with the push of a button.
Forester’s SUBARU infotainment system lets you make phone calls and set the navigation*2. You can control operations via the central multi-function touchscreen, steering wheel controls, or simply use your voice. It’s easy to connect your smartphone or other mobile music device via the USB or standard AUX jack.
A reversing camera helps you reverse and park easily and safely.
The Forester’s powered rear tailgate makes loading easy; it opens and closes automatically at the push of a button.
Please check model specification for feature availability/details. Model shown may not reflect UK specification.
*1 EyeSight is a driving support system which may not operate optimally under all driving conditions or for all objects. The driver is always responsible for safe and attentive driving and observance of traffic regulations. See Owner’s Manual for complete details on system operation and limitations.
*2 Driver is responsible for safe driving. Please refrain from operating the touchscreen while driving.