Subaru Forester Review from Bulgaria

2008 Subaru Forester XS 2.0

Model year2009
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance3000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Primera


Excellent price/performance small SUV


None has gone wrong so far. Of course I would not expect this to happen with a brand new car.

General Comments:

It seems to be pretty potent, although all Subaru owners say that it starts to go much better after 10K km on the clock.

Drive feeling is like a normal car on the road, you feel driving AWD on sharp curves - handles like on rails. I've made a short trip through a country off-road, mostly mud and small bumps, although it was not a challenge for the car - it was the first challenge for me (I've never dared to enter there with my previous car)

The saloon looks pretty well laid out, passengers feel comfortable in the back, although I don't very much like the plastic feel of the dashboard - but that is reality, most modern cars have this plastic feel.

Trip computer shows only average economy, not the momentary fuel consumption, which Subaru could put on at no extra cost.

The service guys are not very supportive, they also keep the service prices high.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th May, 2008

20th Mar 2011, 09:29

Regarding display of momentary (inst.) fuel economy - if you switch the gauge cluster display to show the odometer (as opposed to the trip meter), inst. fuel economy will be displayed. Took me a while to figure this out.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review