SUBARU sold more SUVs here last month than at any time in its history, driving the brand to its best overall monthly result.
Leading the charge alongside the hot-selling new Outback was the Forester, the bestseller in the Subaru line-up since 1999.
Subaru recently added to the Forester’s appeal with an auto diesel version. Until then, buyers wanting an oil-burning Forester were stuck with a manual.
Along with the addition of a new continuously variable transmission (CVT), Subaru has taken the opportunity to upgrade the wagon with emphasis on the interior.
The cabin is a marked improvement, with a 7-inch tablet-style touchscreen that takes prides of place in the classy piano black dash, with support for flick, pinch and double-tap operation of the various menus.
A new infotainment system that supports voice recognition means it’s easier to make calls .
The system also supports Pandora internet radio in tandem with your phone and is underpinned by a six-speaker audio with an auxiliary jack, two USB ports and a 12-volt power outlet in the centre console.
While the diesel starts from $33,490 for the 2.0D-L, the $39,490 2.0D-S has plenty of extra gear for navigating the urban crawl.
The S adds leather, with power adjustable and heated front seats along with things like auto lights/wipers, satellite navigation, a power tailgate and an electric sunroof.
Seating is comfortable, with good front and rear legroom but the spare wheel which sits at an odd angle eats into the limited luggage area.
Around town it’s smooth and quiet for a diesel, while the CVT keeps the engine on the boil for nipping in and out of traffic.
With seven airbags, a rearview camera and wide array of driver assist systems, it scores a full five stars for crash safety.
ON THE ROAD
Sooby’s CVT is a cracker, especially the way it slips seamlessly between stepped