After making its Asia-Pacific launch in Taiwan, the all-new, fourth generation Subaru Forester has finally made its way into the Philippines, bringing with it a host of numerous improvements in the driving experience thanks to the Subaru Global Platform, as well as elevated safety and driver convenience thanks to Subaru’s highly acclaimed EyeSight being standard on most variants.
There’s no need to describe the exterior. At this point, you’re already more than familiar with the Forester’s boxy silhouette that has given it top marks in practicality and usability. The typical Subaru design cues that we’ve seen in some of its latest models remain, including the LED headlights with C-shaped LED daytime running lights complementing the C-shaped LED tail lights. Shoulder lines that flow around the pillars give the Forester’s side profile more character, while the prominent wheel arches emphasize the Forester’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system’s functionality. The 2.0i-S EyeSight features LED foglights and snazzy 18-inch alloy wheels.
The all-new Forester boasts a more premium and upscale interior, thanks to the liberal use of soft touch materials and stitching details. The seats have been designed for greater long distance comfort, while the new electronic parking brake frees up center console space for greater flexibility. Passive entry with push button start, 8-inch touch screen infotainment system, 2 rear USB ports, and rear aircon vents are standard. The 2.0i-L features a cloth interior, while the 2.0i-L EyeSight features a leather interior, electronic driver’s seat, and a power liftgate. The top trim 2.0i-S EyeSight features a large sunroof and electronic driver and passenger seats with two-person memory for the driver.
Powering the Subaru Forester is a single choice 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed H4 boxer engine with direct injection, producing 156 hp and 196 Nm of torque. Power is sent through a standard Symmetrical AWD. Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive), which is standard across all variants, is controlled via a knob, which allows the driver to tailor the vehicle’s throttle characteristics by choosing between Intelligent and Sport mode. As ever, X-Mode comes as standard in the Forester, which incorporates Hill Descent Control into the equation. The engine, transmission shift pattern, Active AWD front/rear clutch force, brakes, and the Vehicle Dynamics Control system, work together to help the Forester tackle the roads less travelled. With its high 221 mm ground clearance, this is the most off-road capable Subaru Forester yet.
As the brand continues its push to make EyeSight even more mainstream, the Subaru Forester 2.0i-s is equipped with the said safety suite as standard, while it is an option for the 2.0i-L variant. EyeSight comes with Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Pre-Collision Throttle Management and Lead Vehicle Start Alert. Meanwhile, Reverse Automatic Braking, Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert is only standard on the 2.0i-s EyeSight variant.
Since the 2.0 XT variant is now gone, the Subaru Forester is now one of the more affordable offerings in the compact crossover SUV segment.
2.0i-L EyeSight: P1,698,000
2.0i-s EyeSight: P1,798,000