Subaru Forester

Forester 2.0i Lineartronic CVT R486 000

Forester 2.0i-L Eyesight Lineartronic CVT R564 000

Forester 2.5i Sport Eyesight Lineartronic CVT R599 000

Forester 2.5i-S Eyesight Lineartronic CVT R649 000

Exterior Features

The range-topping 2.5i-S ES CVT represents the contemporary Forester SUV, exuding classic Subaru design that brings safety, practicality and adventure to the fore.

Now built upon the new Subaru Global platform, the Forester has been engineered to stringent standards of safety and versatility, woven into a package that stands out as a robust and classic Subaru design form.

From the front, key highlights are the modern ‘Hawkeye’ LED headlamps, a large grille, fog lamps and an underguard treatment for added protection during off road excursions.

The roof rails have also been redesigned, now featuring loopholes on the higher spec models, for easier use of ropes and straps when tying down cargo.
The wide-opening rear doors are unlike any other within the segment.

The rear doors have been designed to allow the easiest and most comfortable access to the rear for general entry and loading but also for child seat accessibility and space. The Forester also features slip-resistant side sill steps at the rear.

Interior Features

The cabin of the Subaru Forester has been created with with high-quality, soft-touch materials and contrast stitching throughout, along with leather interiors on higher specification models. There’s even more room in the new Forester, offering exceptional passenger comfort. The second row also now comes A/C vents and USB points to bring front seat comfort to every passenger. Other convenience features include rear seat pockets designed to fit smartphones and tablets alike. In similar fashion, the boot features a wide-opening lid and a low sill for ease of loading into the 520-litre, boot.

The boot space can be increased to 1 770-litres by flipping the switches either from the side of the boot opening panel or on top of the seatbacks themselves.

The motorised bootlid can also be raised and lowered in just over 3-seconds, one of the fastest and therefore most convenient in the segment.

Careful consideration has also been given to the materials used in the boot – an easy-to-clean yet aesthetically pleasing texture that is also used on the lower bumpers and wheel well cladding.

The S and ES Forester derivatives are fitted with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that includes AUX, Bluetooth connectivity as well as the use of Apple CarPlay / Android Auto through the USB-A ports in the front.

Also included in ES and Sport models there are electrically-adjustable front seats, automatic climate control, a sunroof and rain-sensing wipers to name just a few of the features. Forester is a full house vehicle. The wide-opening rear doors are unlike any other within the segment.


The balanced design of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive creates uniform stability and delivers an optimal distribution of power for maximum traction in virtually any weather or road condition.

X-Mode with Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud mode now available. With 220mm of ground clearance and available X-MODE with Hill Descent Control, almost any destination is within reach. X-MODE optimizes the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system for maximum traction on slippery surfaces.

The Forester now incorporates Active Torque Vectoring to brake wheels closer to the corner, and distribute additional torque to the opposite wheels for better cornering ability.

Our Boxer engine which powers every Subaru model has a horizontally opposed design and boasts a low centre of gravity that helps create more balanced handling, flatter cornering and greater stability on every type of road.


Pre-collision Braking helps to gradually slow or stop the car completely when it sees a panic braking situation unfolding ahead of you.

With available Reverse Automatic Braking, your vehicle can even stop itself to help avoid objects behind you.

Adaptive Cruise Control maintains a set speed and will automatically adjust to keep a safe distance from the car ahead. It is also capable of bringing your vehicle to a full stop and resume your settings as traffic begins to flow again.

7 airbags standard across all models including a Driver's Knee Airbag protect you in the event of a collision.

Lane Departure and Sway Warning both activate a chime sound when your vehicle begins to drift or is too close to another lane. This alert helps to keep you on the straight and narrow.

Fewer blind spots ensure that you can maintain a clear view from the driver's seat of your loved ones around the vehicle.

Pre-collision Throttle Management is designed to cut power from an absent-minded start, if it detects a potentially hazardous object is in your way.

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert helps warn you of traffic approaching from the side as you are backing up, and a standard Rear-Vision Camera enhances visibility when reversing.

LED Headlamps noyesyes
Auto Headlights Onnoyesyes
Steering responsive headlights (SRH)noyesyes
Front fog lampsyesyesyes, LED
Roof railBlackBlackBlack & Silver, with loophole
Roof Spoilernoyes, with High mounted
Stop Lamp
yes, with High mounted
Stop Lamp
Door mirror colourBody color Auto Folding with Turn Light Body color Auto Folding with Turn Light Satin Chromed Auto Folding with Turn Light 
Fog lamp clusterDyed black baseDyed black baseHigh gloss black
paint base +
chrome molded
Front Under GuardBlackBlackChrome
Rear Under GuardBlackBlackChrome
Side GarnishBlackBlackChrome
Outer Door HandleBody ColorBody ColorChrome
Alloy design17-inch
High-gloss Dark Metallic
High-gloss Dark Metallic  5-spoke
Double volume power sliding sunroof with sun shade covernonoyes
Automatic rain-sensing windshield wipers noyesyes
Leather wrapped steering wheel & gear levernoyesyes
Leather seatsnoyesyes
Driver’s Power seat yesyesyes
Passenger power seatyesyesyes
Rear Seat Ventilation Grilleyesyesyes
Rear USB Power Outlet222
Rear Seat ArrangementReclining
One Touch
Fold Down
One Touch
Fold Down
One Touch
Fold Down
60/40 split folding rear seatsyesyesyes
Sports Alloy Pedalnonoyes
Meter PanelRed illmination
Segment Display
White luminescent
Color TFT
White luminescent
Color TFT
Chrome Needle
Power windows yesyesyes
Keyless entry and push-button start system yesyesyes
Powered rear gatenoyesyes
Electric Parking Brakeyesyesyes
Paddle shiftersnoyesyes
One Touch Lane Changeryesyesyes
Two 12-volt accessory power outlets (in centre panel and centre console box)yesyesyes
Tilt-adjustable / telescopic steering wheelyesyesyes
Steering wheel mounted audio, mobile phone & cruise control switches yesyesyes
Dual A/Cno, singleyesyes
Touch Screen Display size6.5″8.0″8.0″
Speaker (Front+Rear+Instrument Panel+Amplifier+Sub Woofer)2+22+2+2Harmon Kardon 2+2+4+1+1
Apple CarPlay & Android Autoyesyesyes
Voice Command for audio, air conditioning, telephony.yesyesyes
Eyesight – Pre-collision brakingnoyesyes
Eyesight – Adaptive cruise controlnoyesyes
Eyesight – Lane departure warningnoyesyes
Eyesight – Lane sway warningnoyesyes
Eyesight – Lead vehicle start alertnoyesyes
Eyesight – Pre-collision throttle managementnoyesyes
Reverse Automatic Brakingnonoyes
Digital speedometernoyesyes
Reverse Camerayesyesyes
Reverse linked tilt down door mirrornonoyes
Blind spot monitoring with Lane change assistnonoyes
Rear cross traffic alertnonoyes
Side-View Monitornonoyes
Auto Vehicle Holdyesyesyes
SRS airbags- front driver & passenger airbags yesyesyes
SRS airbags – front side driver & passenger airbagsyesyesyes
SRS airbags – Drivers Knee airbagyesyesyes
SRS airbags – dual intelligent side curtain airbagsyesyesyes
Wiplash reducing front seatsyesyesyes
Side-door reinforcement beams yesyesyes
ISO-FIX adapted child seat anchors (with tether anchors) for infants and children yesyesyes
5 year/ 150 000km warrantyyesyesyes
3 year/ 75 000 km maintenance plan with extension options availableyesyesyes
Subaru Assistyesyesyes
15 000km Service Intervalsyesyesyes
TypeHorizontally opposed, 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, petrol engineHorizontally opposed, 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, petrol engineHorizontally opposed, 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, petrol engine
Bore x Stroke84 × 9084 × 9084 × 90
Compression Ratio12.512.512.5
Fuel systemDirect fuel injectionDirect fuel injectionDirect fuel injection
Fuel tank capacity63L63L63L
Max output 115 / 6,000115 / 6,000115 / 6,000
Max torque196 / 4,000196 / 4,000196 / 4,000
0-100 time10.310.310.3
Fuel Consumption – combined lit./100 km7.67.67.6
CO2 emissions – combined g/km176176176
AWD typeActive Torque Split AWD systemActive Torque Split AWD systemActive Torque Split AWD system
Vehicle Dynamics Control systemyesyesyes
X-Mode with Hill Descent Controlyesyesyes, with Mud, Sand,  Snow, Dirt modes
2 mode SI Drive (Intelligent, Sport) yesyes
4-sensor / 4-channel ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distributionyesyesyes
Active Torque Vectoringyesyesyes
Brake assist systemyesyesyes
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)yesyesyes
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)yesyesyes
Traction Control System (TCS)yesyesyes
Overall Length462546254625
Overall Width181518151815
Overall Height 173017301730
Front Track mm156515651565
Rear Track mm157015701570
Minimum ground clearance mm220220220
Boot Capacity (rear seat up/down)520 / 1060 520 / 1060 520 / 1060 
Curb weight/Unladen mass kg1.5241,532 – 1,555 1,526 – 1,550
Gross Vehicle mass kgs2.2232.2232.223
D range (Lineartronic CVT)3.600 – 0.5123.600 – 0.5123.600 – 0.512
Gear ratio 1st3.6003.6003.600
Gear ratio 2nd2.1552.1552.155
Gear ratio 3rd1.5161.5161.516
Gear ratio 4th1.0921.0921.092
Gear ratio 5th0.8430.8430.843
Gear ratio 6th0.6670.6670.667
Gear ratio 7th0.5570.5570.557
Gear ratio Reverse3.6873.6873.687
Final Drive axle ratio3.9003.9003.900
SteeringRack and pinion, electric power steering systemRack and pinion, electric power steering systemRack and pinion, electric power steering system
Front SuspensionMacPherson strut typeMacPherson strut typeMacPherson strut type
Rear SuspensionDouble wishbone typeDouble wishbone typeDouble wishbone type
Approach angle20.120.120.2
Departure angle25.825.825.8
Lamp Break over angle21.421.421.5
Minimum turning circle at tyre (radius) m5.45.45.4
Brakes Front & RearVentilated disc brakesVentilated disc brakesVentilated disc brakes
Tyre size225/60R17225/60R17225/55R18
Wheel size17×7“J17×7“J18×7“J
Temporary Spare wheelyesyesyes