Subaru Forester 2.0i CVT Review
Boxing days

Story and Photos by C.K. Lim
26 Apr 2013

Introduction, Exterior

Think Subaru and you’d inevitably think of the mighty Impreza WRX (and its countless variants). Though this Japanese car maker has already positioned the BRZ sports coupe in place as its halo model, the venerable Impreza WRX still has a place deeply rooted in many enthusiasts’ hearts.

However, the subject of this review is not any of these two cars but the latest arrival to the Subaru line-up – the new Forester. Launched in Singapore on April’s Fools Day this year, this fourth-generation SUV is back with a new smart look, improved performance and more interior space, at the same time claiming sharper handling.

Here’s a trivia on the Forester: it first made its debut back in 1997 as an Impreza-based wagon, lasting for two generations before evolving into a proper SUV with the previous generation model. 

So, how does this new Forester perform? Let’s find out.


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Engine Capacity 1995cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Flat 4
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Bore x Stroke (84.0◊90.0)mm
Power 150bhp @ 6200rpm
Torque 198Nm @ 4200rpm
Power to Weight 99.5 bhp per ton


Acceleration 11.8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 192 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 12.7 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto
Drive Type F4
Steering Electric


Body Type SUV
(L x W x H)
(4595 x 1795 x 1735) mm
Wheelbase 2640 mm
Turning Circle 5.3 metres
Kerb Weight 1507 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 60 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs