The Subaru Forester was a harbinger of things to come in the automotive industry. First introduced in the late 90s, the Subaru Forester marketed itself as a vehicle with the driving dynamics of a car, but the ride height of an SUV model. If this isn’t yet familiar with the current landscape of the market, simply take a look around and tell me how many cars with that defining concept do you see?
If your answer is “a lot”, then you know what I’m talking about. Some may argue that the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V are first to the compact crossover scene, but it was Subaru that made the crossover cool and put it right on the map.
The Subaru Forester is recognized as one of the cars that popularized Compact SUVs
Keep reading our full-scale Subaru Forester 2020 Philippines review from Philkotse.com and find out if it has what it takes to make it in the cutthroat compact crossover market.
2. Subaru Forester 2020 Exterior
The all-new 5th generation Subaru Forester looks quite similar to the model it replaces but if you look really hard, you will find that this really warrants the model year change. The sheet metal for one around the 2020 Subaru Forester exterior has been revised and improved. An all-new projector headlamp design with daylight running lights, similar to contemporary Subaru designs are raked and flank a huge, hexagonal front intake.
The chin features a reasonably beefy front skid plate that adds to the Forester’s appeal as well as protects it from minor scrapes. This is matched by metallic side skirts around the body and a rear diffuser addling more to its macho sensibilities.
People may mistake the current generation for the older model which is not the case
Plastic cladding all around gives the Subaru Forester exterior a distinct look and contrasts the body color. The most striking change to the all-new generation Subaru Forester is at the back, C-shaped tail lamps adorn the rear hatch which opens with a wide aperture for storing large items. This generation of the Subaru Forester is larger than the last one which should bode well for interior space and comfort.
LED steering responsive headlights are available for the new Forester
If you still can't believe that this is an all-new model and not a facelift, step inside the 2020 Subaru Forester interior and be pleasantly surprised. Thanks to the extended wheelbase, the cabin enjoys more legroom especially for passengers at the back. The interior is shod with fancy leather and soft-touch plastic interiors where it matters most.
The Subaru Forester interior has great materials and is not a bad place to be in
A hallmark of the Subaru Forester is its large and airy greenhouse. The windows are large tall with great visibility for a more commanding view of the outside. The top-of-the-line 2.0i-S EyeSight model features a panoramic sunroof, electronic seat adjustment, rear AC vents with fast-charging USB ports, a large infotainment touchscreen is showcased in the front above the AC controls. This however does not come with modern smart phone integration like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
4. Subaru Forester 2020 Review: Engine and Performance
My biggest gripe with the 2020 Subaru Forester is Subaru’s decision to offer the top-of-the-line trim Forester with a somewhat underwhelming engine in the FB20, a 2-liter dual over-head cam, naturally aspirated boxer engine that makes 156 hp and 196 Nm of torque which is quite sedated in SUV standards.
Thankfully, Subaru is still selling the XT version of the previous model until it all runs out. Admittedly though, you start to understand the logic behind this decision as the moment you start the engine, you feel the boxer engine’s classic, albeit in this iteration, muted sound.
As you start to drive the car you can barely feel the Subaru Forester struggle in everyday situations such as advancing, stopping and repeating that process ad nausea. You start to realize, the Subaru Forester is all grown-up as it has shed its quirky, forced-induction shenanigans, in favor of a more sedate but comfortable ride.
The Subaru Forester may be underpowered but can still play the offroad crawl game
It doesn’t much less accelerate up the road but it advances up it. Subaru’s CVT copes hard to put the power on the ground but there is only so much that 2 liters of displacement can do with a heavy car. It nets an average of 6-7 km/l in the city which to be honest is quite thirsty.
It does have great suspension parameters, however. It keeps the car planted and compliant even during hard corners, not that you would turn that corner at a high speed but it’s nice to know your suspension was ready to take on a faster engine.
Apart from the standard laundry list of safety features such as 7 airbags, seatbelts, ISOFIX anchors and Hill-start assist as well as Automatic Brakeforce Distributions and Anti-Lock brakes, the 2020 Subaru Forester also comes with Subaru’s proprietary EyeSight Safety Technology. EyeSight is anchored by a pair of high-tech cameras mounted on the vehicle to control the computer safety system.
2020 Subaru Forester e-Boxer – Off-road Test Drive
Apart from watching the front of the road, it surveys the situation by offering Lane-keep assist, Forward Collision Mitigation System, Adaptive Cruise Control and other warning systems that help make your drive even safer. The Top of the line trim also has blind-spot monitors, automatic head-light adjustment, Parking Sensors, and back-up cameras.
The extensive set of Safety Features available in the Subaru Forester 2020 is welcome but is further proof that this car is all grown up and has shed its boy-racer aspirations.
The Subaru Forester 2020 may no longer be the Sporty Compact Crossover it once was with the loss of forced induction. Unless Subaru Philippines has plans to release a performance version, the Current generation Forester seems to be relegated and comfortable in this current iteration: a safe, reliable and compliant appliance that can haul the family and their luggage.
Growing up is quite harsh letting go of the things that make you dangerous and trading them in for whatever the Subaru Forester is right now. You can still have fun, within the confines of how much the engine can give you.
Subaru Forester 2020: For those who seek adventure
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