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Journeys : Jun Jul 2011
Darren Moody He says Subaru Forester S-Edition While the plethora of compact SUVs in the market squabble between themselves, Forester still remains at the top of the field and nowhere more so than Tasmania. In fact for at least one month last year Forester was the top-selling car in the state and we buy double the national average. Built on solid mechanicals, all- wheel drive for grip and handling and 5-star safety credentials, Subaru stands on its record, w ith absolutely no plans to follow the rest of the market and produce pretend SUVs in two-wheel drive guise. A compact SUV with WRX and STI DNA, the Forester S is an interesting addition to the range, as it doesn’t have any natural competitors. Subaru is tr ying to br idge that gap by having the practicality of a family car but with some serious mumbo under the bonnet. So maybe when your wife says abigNOtoaWRXSTI,itcouldbetimeto produce the brochure for the S-Edition! The 193kW WR X turbo power-plant offers plenty in the area of go. When it winds up to full boost it will plant you back in the leather tr im seats w ithout a problem. Any harshness is dulled a little by the 5-speed auto transmission that displays soft shifts in auto mode, as well as slow up and down shifts via the paddles, leaving me thinking this would be a serious thing with a Direct Shift Gearbox. That said, with everyday dr iving it is a smooth-shifting unit that you will appreciate in the day-to-day driving most of us live with. The suspension has also been given a work-over by Subaru’s performance STI division. The S-Edition does offer a fir mer package than the standard Foresters but in this case it never becomes rock hard to rattle your back teeth and despite STI’s best efforts they can’t disguise the Forester’s high centre of gravity. The rear end does feel a little floaty when unsettled on cor ners and the driveline and chassis seem to quickly overwhelm the standard Yokohama r ubber. A couple of things to note – the engine requires a particular synthetic oil for servicing and you need to use 95RON petrol, both of which will add to the overall running costs of the vehicle. And that’s after you’ve paid $50,990 plus on-roads. Life on the move 28 June / July 2011
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