Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fantastic Fourth Forester; the Fourth-Generation Subaru Forester Might Veer towards the Mainstream a Little More Than before, but It Remains a Brilliant All-Rounder. the Latest Version Gets a Smarter Look. JONATHAN CROUCH Reports

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fantastic Fourth Forester; the Fourth-Generation Subaru Forester Might Veer towards the Mainstream a Little More Than before, but It Remains a Brilliant All-Rounder. the Latest Version Gets a Smarter Look. JONATHAN CROUCH Reports

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Byline: JONATHAN CROUCH

WOULDN'T it be nice to find a properly capable compact SUV? A car that could walk the walk as well as talking the talk? Step forth the improved, facelifted version of Subaru's fourth-generation Forester. Everything about this design seems to be nicely balanced, from the shape and positioning of its unique 'boxer' engines to the shape and positioning of its intended clientele.

It's aimed at people who want something fashionable, but don't need to make a fashion statement; people who want something tough and rugged, but don't need to tackle the Rubicon Trail. So the smarter styling inside and out will go down as well as the symmetrical all-wheeldrive system and the X-mode off road technology.

Subaru has founded its reputation on standard symmetrical all-wheel drive and the low centre of gravity offered by a horizontally opposed, or 'boxer'-style, engine. All those on offer are of 2.0-litre capacity - and all are very different. Most British buyers will want the 147PS diesel, a willing unit with 350Nm of torque capable of rest to 62mph in 10.2s on the way to 118mph.

To be frank, it's a better choice than the alternative 150PS petrol unit that, though returning an almost identical set of performance figures, must in reality shift a fully-laden Forester with about 40% less pulling power. Still, if your car's likely to enjoy a slightly easier life, it may just be all you need.

For our test, we opted for the version that aims to broaden the customer base a bit, the pokey 240PS XT petrol turbo, capable of rest to 62mph in 7.5s on the way to 137mph. It's available only with the lineartronic CVT gearbox that's optional on the normally aspirated petrol variant and the standard diesel.

And it's this auto-transmission that you have to have to get all the technology developed for this car. …

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