[YesAuto Performance Test] Although the brand is niche and has always been imported and sold, as Subaru's most capable model in China, Forester has accumulated a good reputation among domestic consumers in recent years. After the cooperation between Subaru and Toyota, it also launched a new generation of Forester last year. The horizontally opposed engine and left-right symmetrical full-time four-wheel drive system are still its golden signatures, but its once distinctive design language has a tendency to be attributed to the mean. Fortunately, if only from the perspective of ordinary consumers, such a change is actually not a bad thing.
Unfortunately, this time we did not borrow the 2.5L/2.0L models that consumers are most concerned about. The manufacturer provides a top-of-the-line 2.0T model with a price of 334,800. High prices and low prices are indisputable facts, but the combination of Subaru’s new FA20 2.0L turbocharged engine and CVT gearbox is also quite worth seeing. Let’s use actual tests to see how capable this powertrain is. .
● Appearance: more aggressive than the old model
Forester 2013 2.0T automatic distinguished navigation version
The new design language adopted by Subaru on Impreza, XV and Legacy has not received much praise in the industry, but in all fairness, the family-style front face design with concave and convex muscle lines is very coordinated with the Forester. Of course, as the flagship product under the brand, Subaru has indeed put more effort into the design, at least the actual effect seems to be satisfactory, and the public style expresses the wild and unruly SUV in place.
The lines on the front face are a bit complicated. The honeycomb grille, plastic bumper and chrome decoration put together the image of a typical outdoor tough guy, and the design of the air inlets like fog lamps on both sides is the finishing touch. Regrettably, the iconic air intake on the engine compartment cover is missing. After all, this “pig nose” shape is also a tradition of Subaru turbo cars.
In addition, the lensless xenon headlights look a little strange, but fortunately, this will not affect the use, but only the reversing image is not equipped with a reversing radar. The “tradition” of Subaru has been preserved and it is unbearable. For this size model, not having a radar is really a hassle.
The tail and sides look a little bland. The shape of the five-spoke Y-shaped wheel is very coquettish, somewhat similar to the previous XV. The polished surface is brightened with black piping, which is also a popular color in recent years. The matching tires are the Bridgestone Powerman series with partial road performance, and the size is quite satisfactory, 225/55 R18. The wheelbase of the Forester is not long (2640mm), but the body size is not small. The length, width and height are 4595×1810×1735mm, which are larger than Tiguan and Mavericks. For Xida Chinese, This is undoubtedly a selling point of Forester.
● Interior: strong “Toyota” flavor, with good workmanship and texture
If the Forester's appearance still retains some sturdy style, the interior design has been completely “Toyota”, and there are not many surprising design details, but the handling of every detail is very sophisticated. My favorite is the steering wheel. It has a three-spoke design and small size. It doesn't have too many complicated designs that fit the shape of the hand, but the grip and stitching workmanship is great, and it feels a bit back to basics. The function buttons seem complicated, but the layout is very reasonable, and the button design is also humane enough to get started without any difficulty.
The workmanship of the buttons and knobs on the center console is satisfactory, and the materials and materials of the cover are worth more than 300,000 yuan. The only problem is the not-so-up-grade navigation system. At the first glance, you can tell that this is a set of domestic navigation that was installed after the customs has landed. The resolution of the entire screen and the design of the interface appear rough and cheap. The response speed of the initial interface function switching is even more anxious. The navigation system is not difficult to learn, but the interface and voice prompts are not up to this level.
In contrast, the two original LCD screens above the center console are much more delicate and advanced. The left screen is responsible for the air conditioning system. Because the air conditioning knob and the display are far away from each other, you still need to adapt to the first time you get started. . On the other side is the trip computer information display, which is responsible for real-time vehicle information including the four-wheel drive system.
The door and window control buttons are still only the main driver with one key up and down. This is also the usual style of Japanese cars. We don't have to force it. However, there is no air conditioning vent in the rear, which is a bit unkind. The monolithic panoramic sunroof is not small in area, but the sun shade only supports manual opening. Aluminum alloy pedals and oversized sun visors are also small details worth mentioning. However, in addition, the Forester did not have many bright spots in terms of configuration, and the adaptive cruise on overseas models was also cancelled after the introduction.
● Space: Don’t underestimate its 2640mm wheelbase, the rear space is the best in its class
As a Japanese SUV, we don't have to worry about its humanized design. The front and rear storage spaces are abundant, and the arrangement of the entire storage space is reasonable. At each location, passengers can find suitable temporary storage for their handy items.
Riding space is definitely the strength of the Forester. Its vertical engine layout and short wheelbase (2640mm) are actually not conducive to the expansion of space, but the designer has magically expanded the spacious interior space. The 182cm-tall experiencer sits in the front row and has more than one punch in the head, while sitting in the back has more than two punches in the leg room, and there is still more than four fingers on the head, which is one of the best performances in the same class.
The Forester’s seat is also worth mentioning. The thick and ergonomic design is suitable for shoulder and side support. The headrest can be adjusted in height and angle. The only problem is that the material of the headrest padding is a bit hard. , Leaning is uncomfortable. In addition, the rear seat can also be adjusted through the rope to adjust the angle of the seat back, the seat cushion is as thick as the front row.
In addition, the three-point seat belt in the middle seat is also very kind. Reminiscent of the excellent results of the new generation of Forester in the US IIHS offset 25% collision not long ago, the safety factor of this Japanese car is almost the best in its class.