The fifth-generation Subaru Forester is based on the Japanese companys new Subaru Global Platform (SGP), which also underpins the Impreza and XV. It now measures 4625mm in length, 1815mm in width and sits 1730mm high. The Forester claims a ground clearance of 220mm.
Power comes from an updated 2.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine (FA25), which is at least 90 per cent new. It delivers 136kW of power and 239Nm of torque, which is sent to all four wheels (available in 225/60 R17 or 225/55 R18 sizes) via a continuously-
Apart from its updated exterior and interior design, the new Forester marks the first vehicle from Subaru to include a driver monitoring system. The camera-based technology can detect signs of drowsiness or distraction and alert the driver. It can also automatically adjust driver settings for seat position, door mirror angles, and air-conditioning preferences based on facial recognition for up to five
transmission. This is a standard feature on the Premium upwards.
Additional safety features include reverse autonomous emergency braking, that can help reduce rearward accidents by applying the brakes if an obstacle is detected when the car is reversing. Theres also the addition of rear vehicle detection that can detect vehicles approaching from the rear in the crucial moments before a rear-ending.