2006 Subaru Forester XT 2.5 liter turbo from Australia and New Zealand
Performance, space, both on and off road credentials
Nothing major has gone wrong with the car so far.
Spot lights have blown out a few times, but that's it.
Rear brake pads need replacing next service.
Great all around car, and a good choice for the someone that wants understated performance from this versatile car.
The turbo spools up casually, and is nice and progressive, although there is a slight lag.
As it's an AWD 2.5 turbo, it is thirsty, but nothing more than what you expect (around 400kms per tank).
Seats in the XT could be a little more curved to the body, and a long drive can make you a little uncomfortable, but besides that, the driving position and vision are excellent.
Steering is sharp with good feel, and the tiptronic box is good but a little laggy, and more for show than real use.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th April, 2009
14th Feb 2010, 16:28
Couldn't agree more with this review. I have now had my 06 Forester XT for over a year, and it's a wonderful all around car. Interior can feel a little cheap next to its more expensive rivals, but hey, I bought the car knowing that.
The turbo lag can bog you down at times, but once it picks up, it always brings a smile to your face. The tiptronic box is not as effective as the auto box off the blocks, but works well for compression braking and off road driving where you want to lock a gear in.
Seats are a let down, and do not supply the lateral or lumbar support needed; this is my only real gripe with what is an all around great car, lots of fun to drive, surprises many hot sedans on the road at the lights.