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Subaru Forester 2.0D XS NavPlus

Oh my! The Subaru Forester 2.0D XS NavPlus has shocked me.

By Stephen Turvil
Sep 21, 2011
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Oh my! The Subaru Forester 2.0D XS NavPlus has shocked me. But why? This top-of- the-range mud-plunger rivals vehicles such as the Nissan X-Trail and Toyota RAV-4. These handle beautify on the road but their off-road capabilities are – arguably - somewhat limited. Fine by me, as most of these machines spend their lives on the school run not ploughing through fields. The Subaru has a very different approach. It excels off-road but can feel unremarkable and old fashioned over the tarmac. It is essentially a traditional 4x4.

As such, the Subaru Forester 2.0D XS NavPlus has higher ground clearance than many of its rivals. Great for pole-vaulting over obstructions. The 2.0-litre 147ps diesel engine is an asset too, as it produces a useful 258lb of torque. Excellent for low-speed climbing. This particular specification also has six-speed manual transmission with low-range. Perfect for when the terrain is tougher than a degree level maths exam. On-road the Forester feels 'okay', but it can lean through corners and the steering can feel numb. Horses for courses.

The Subaru Forester 2.0D XS NavPlus has: a colour reversing camera, leather seats, climate control, MP3 compatibility, an electronic stability programme, four electric windows, and Bluetooth. Very nice specification, but it should be for £29,070. This mud- plunger also feels beautifully screwed together, so there is little risk of any major parts detaching at the top of your local mountain. Great machine for mud-plungers then, but those who want to cruise to the shops could choose more refined alternatives. Try the capable Nissan X-Trail.

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By Stephen Turvil
Sep 21, 2011