Forester’s not thirsty but can hold its beer

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Cover Story - Paul Pot­tinger

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.’’

Pic­ture: Sharon Walker

Home­brood: Paul and Natasha Hol­gate with chil­dren Emily and James

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