2008 Subaru Forester XS 2.0 from Bulgaria


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.

2008 Subaru Forester X 2.5 non-turbo from North America


Overall I am satisfied with this car, more so if it lasts 10 years and/or 150k miles for me


Headlight had moisture in it almost from the beginning; dealer replaced and the problem went away. They said it was bad casting of the plastic.

Alignment isn't perfect any more (the steering wheel is a hair to the right when driving straight on the highway).

The transmission does downshift more than I'd like, but probably just because the engine isn't overly powerful.

General Comments:

I'm very tall (6'5") and the headroom in the forester is EXCELLENT. My head brushes the ceiling in many cars, but has inches to spare in the Forester. Legroom is another story, my knees brush against the steering wheel, but not as much as in the Outback.

For being a AWD SUV, the car feels and handles like a car.

Handles really well in the snow, as expected.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2008