The 2016 Subaru Forester has landed in Australia, with some interesting mid life updates. This 4th generation of Subaru’s most popular SUV has benefitted from a solid foundation of incredibly stable and capable cars that have gone before it. Let’s take a look at what this model has to offer and see how it stacks up against the fierce competition.
A Tailored Australian Driving Experience
Over the years, Subaru drivers have become used to the different way that Subaru approaches their engineering. As part of this update, Subaru engineers came to Australia and analysed the driving conditions and our road surfaces. The data that they gathered, was used to make adjustments to the following: revised front and rear dampening, suspension tuning, front and rear springs, rear suspension geometry, cross member rigidity and a new stabiliser bar. Additionally, the steering has been extensively revised from a ratio of 15.5:1 to 14:1 to facilitate less turning. This may all sound excessive, but the results are dramatic, especially when negotiating rough terrain. The Forester can now maintain its poise across a wide variety of poor road surface conditions far better than any of its rivals.
The Power Plants
The 2016 Subaru Forester, has retained the following diesel and petrol engines: a 2.0L and 2.5L four cylinder petrol engine, a 2.0L turbocharged four cylinder engine and a 2.0L turbo diesel four cylinder engine. Historically, most buyers are attracted to the performance and cost sweet spot offered by the 2.5L petrol and the 2.0L diesel. The 2.5L petrol engine is the same one used in the Subaru Outback and Liberty; it generates 126kW of power and 225 Nm of torque. The 2.0L diesel engine generates 108kW of power and 350Nm of torque which is more than adequate for most drivers. For those seeking a little more grunt from their SUV, Subaru has a 2.0L turbocharged XT model that generates 177kW of power and 350Nm of torque. Later this year, there will be an even sportier Subaru Forester tS available in Australia.
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When driving, one quickly finds that the Forester acts like a much smaller car. The steering is sporty and the all wheel drive system enhances the driver’s confidence. One small complaint that early 4th generation Forester adopters noticed was that the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) could be a little noisy when throttling. This has been addressed in this update and the CVT is now barely noticeable. In fact, noise and vibration has been further improved across the entire car, with modifications such as thicker glass, improved rubber seals, door modifications and changes to the body structure. Overall, Subaru has stated that the noise levels have improved by 5% making the Forester a very quiet car to drive.
If they are looking for a Subaru Forester 2016 price, Australia-based motorists should contact us at City Subaru. We have a fantastic variety of both new and used vehicles available for sale including the 2016 Subaru Forester. We can arrange a no obligation test drive for you at your earliest convenience. Get in touch with us today and we will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.