The Subaru Forester has been upgraded for 2016 resulting in improved safety, convenience, comfort and refinement. The upgraded Subaru Forester has arrived across the brand’s Irish dealer network this month. Prices for the range start from €36,995 for the 2.0 Diesel X model. Every Forester is equipped with Subaru’s signature core technologies: Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive, affording sure footedness in all conditions; and the latest-generation four-cylinder ‘Boxer’ engines, contributing to the low centre of gravity beneficial to balance, road holding and handling.
The 2016 Subaru Forester has had an exterior and interior refresh. The Forester’s distinctive hexagonal grille has been updated with a new ‘wing’ motif grille mesh, while the front bumper has been reshaped and now features new L-shaped chrome trim adding greater visual volume to the lower part of the Forester’s ‘face’. The wraparound headlamps – retaining Subaru’s signature ‘hawk-eye’ shape – feature a new black base paint finish, for a sharper appearance. The 2016 model is also fitted with new LED combination lamps at the rear.
Inside the cabin, new materials and technologies have been introduced to further modernise the interior and introduce a higher-quality look and feel, while still retaining the functionality for which the Forester is renowned.
A series of modifications have been made beneath the surface of the 2016 Forester, to greatly improve cabin refinement. Thicker glass has been applied to every door and the front quarter lights at the base of the A-pillar, reducing the ingress of wind ‘rush’ and other noises into the cabin.
All existing safety equipment on offer is fitted as standard to every model in the Forester range, including twin front, side, curtain and knee airbags, Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control with trailer stability, and Subaru’s hallmark Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive technology.
The range of engines remains unchanged for the 2016 Forester; buyers can choose from two 2.0-litre horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engines – a 150 PS naturally-aspirated 2.0i petrol engine, or a 147 PS 2.0D turbo-diesel unit from Subaru’s FB family of engines.
There are five models in the 2016 Forester range, starting at €36,995 for the diesel 2.0D X, and €37,995 for the petrol 2.0i XE Lineartronic auto. A Lineartronic option is available in the 2.0D diesel, (RRP €3,000), while XC pack spec. upgrades, (RRP €3,000) are available with both engine types.
The upgraded Subaru Forester comes with the brand’s extended five year, 160,000 km. warranty.