2008 Subaru Forester XS 2.0 injection
Technology and style at the highest Japanese level
Nothing so far, and is normal, having a new Japanese car.
The Forester we bought, we intend to use it so the whole family can go out week-ends, outdoors without being concerned about bad roads, mud and so on.
When we got the car from the dealer, we were all blown away about the car. My mom and dad said that this is a very very elegant car.
I chose the 2 liter non-turbo engine because it's more economical, and at 1200 KM on the clock the engines swallows just 10-11 liters/100 in town. Yes maybe the on-board computer isn't accurate, but one thing is certain: the consumption will drop a bit more as the car will reach 8000 KM.
This car is the perfect compromise (if I can call it like that) between a street car and an off-roader. You can easily speed up to make some nice cornering, and you also can crawl mud roads. Of course my personal opinion would be that the steering doesn't become tight at high speeds, you can still enter a curve just with your finger on the steer, so this is not very good, you need to be focusing on driving.
The engine, a 2 liter boxer engine is doing a great job. I really love the differential switch (which triggers the limited slip differential) located near the hand brake, and I also love the great number of airbags, ABS, ESP and the hill assistant system. Of course the symmetrical all wheel drive is also a tech candy, which makes Subaru to be a distinctive piece of car. The overwhelming technical part of the car is working hard so the driver doesn't have to. More than that, the driver has some nice tools to challenge a large number of terrains.
The cockpit is truly breath taking, and it looked like it was intended to cheer you and relax you, when after a hard day at work, you enter this car and go home. Absolutely magical!!!
I was and I still am amazed about it, of course is not a Lexus, or Range Rover, but at 30.000 euros I think you get a good elegant car, all techy features, safety on the road, and a Japanese product.
My opinion is that the German and French car manufactures should kiss the Japanese's feet and quickly grab a pencil and a notebook because the have a lot to learn when it comes to reliability, driver oriented products, and so on.
The thing that annoyed me at this car was the fact that the protection steel shields placed underneath the car are optional, but they aren't in production yet; the dealer told me the reason would be some safety regulation not met by them yet. So here I am waiting...
I don't say "go and buy it, it's the best you can get" but instead I would say that opening your eyes can make a difference. A short drive test will clarify the situation, and maybe you will feel that little "something" about the car that you can't explain, and you woke up signing the papers for one like mind controlled freak.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th September, 2008
My first drive of a rented Forester!!! INTERIOR: cheap plastic easy to scratch. German based boxer engine without the refinement. Rattles all around. HP figures not available under the foot. Lane changes make difficult with AT hunting for gears. Potholes make this car feels old. Their symmetrical crap is based on a viscous-coupling transfer case offered in the 1973 Jeep Wagoneer. What else...
Update to the 5th Sep 2008, 02:51 comment. Well, now my forester has 7000 km on the clock. And I'm starting to love it even more. Got no problems with it obviously, except that the gas consumption has dramatically increased to 12-16 liters/100 KM, and I blame the way I drive (every day I drive like 4 kilometers and on rush hour). But, I got to tell you: you start to love this car when you leave the road, and head towards hills, forests, and muddy fields. Maybe I pushed this car more than it was built for, but it struggled and got me out of mud holes, high ramps and a lot of other obstacles, that I was doubting I can pass.
After all I am more than overwhelmed about this car capacity. Don't get me wrong, it's not a pure off-roader but you can have some memorable moments with astonishing sunset panorama.
And by the way I don't say Subaru is the best car in the world, but I admire the will to invent and innovate at a brand that doesn't do top sale. I think everyone must admit that is "something" different and unique about this car even considering the minuses it has.
To the German Guru, I admit that the interior design and equipment level in some Japanese cars may not be upto par with your high society standard, but when it comes to maintenance cost and durability after two or more decades, guess who is complaining -- read the reviews in the Merc and Beemer and compare the driver satisfaction of the Japanese made!