Forester’s not thirsty but can hold its beer
AS a responsible brewer, Natasha Holgate deplores people drinking beer then driving, but she appreciates a car that can drive beer. Barrels and bottle loads of the Holgate Brewhouse’s finest.
Her Subaru Forester is her third in 10 years. She and husband Paul still own their second, bought in 2008. As Carsguide did, she considered several different models — and like us, she prefers the Soob.
‘‘The reason we’ve gone with the Forester is it’s like a smaller version of a traditional 4WD,’’ she says. ‘‘It has the same shape and the versatility. And it is all-wheel-drive. Welive outside Melbourne and my previous car would get bogged. ‘‘It’s got a good size boot and I like the fact that because of the microbrewery I can throw kegs and boxes in it.’’
It’s also useful for swallowing the sports paraphernalia of children Emily and James.
‘‘Most of their sport is in Melbourne so we appreciate the fuel efficiency,’’ Natasha says.
An attraction is Subaru’s Eyesight technology, which monitors the road via windscreen- mounted cameras, issuing audible and visual warnings of danger and even automatically applying the brakes. ‘‘It’s absolutely amazing,’’ she says. ‘‘When Emily is 16 it will be such a good car for her to learn to drive in.’’
Homebrood: Paul and Natasha Holgate with children Emily and James