2010 Subaru Forester D 2.0 litre turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand


Even better than the petrol


Not a thing.

General Comments:

And I thought the previous model was good! I live in the outback and hence, had to change to a diesel. The new diesel is amazingly quiet, refined and frugal. Overall 6.8 litres per 100km urban and highway.

Just drove 3000km home from the city, and the only quibble is that the seats are not as supportive as the last model. Much bigger car inside, and I can stretch out and sleep in the back (I must point out that I am about average height).

The previous model handled better, but this is an overall better package. Good rear leg room finally, but if you are taller than say 6 foot, then the driving position is quickly compromised.

There has been a lot of comment about the rubbery six speed gearshift. Not especially noticeable, I actually like the feel of it.

I necessarily drive 160km down a rutted outback road to get home, and the Subaru Forester was a peach! Amazingly stable on the dirt and very well isolated from corrugations etc.; a big improvement over the last model, which was good enough.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2010

2nd Aug 2011, 00:31

It will be interesting to see how the paint holds up.

I've got the manual (5 speed) MY10 X.

Mine started to squeak about a month ago, 25k kms on it.

The paint is the weakest of any car I've ever owned.

The diesel wasn't out when I bought. I get 8.5 l/100kms in mixed driving, but the boss gets 12.5 sometimes. She leaves it in lower gears and revvs it harder.

The diesel seems loudish from the next lane, I've noticed a few driving around my area, but it's got so much more torque than my 2.5. Pity they don't offer it in an auto, but my next car won't be a Subaru anyway, so that won't matter.

2010 Subaru Forester 2.5X Premium 2.5 from North America


Overrated and overpriced


The car is brand new, so too early to comment on reliability.

General Comments:

Interior feels very cheap. Hard plastics, rattling seats in the back, rattle coming from moonroof cover.

Stereo sounds awful, I thought it was miswired.

Engine very loud when cold.

Car 'floats' and has too much body roll at higher speeds.

Bad transmission, often searches for the right gear and is slow to shift.

Good all-wheel drive system, good visibility. You sit low to the ground, and some people may like it.

It's just a compact wagon, but is priced like the small SUVs from Honda and Toyota, which are more refined.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th March, 2010

11th Mar 2010, 00:31

Just about everything you say can be easily flushed out during a test drive. Why did you buy this car? You DID test drive it, correct?

16th Mar 2010, 01:27

Thousands off MSRP, reliability and AWD system rated as some of the best. It's listed for sale now with just 150 miles on it. I encourage people to rent a car for a weekend before buying one or at least test drive more expensive competition to see differences.