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Subaru Forester: Should I get a turbo?

Asked by Joel

I am thinking about getting a Subaru Forester. I need to know what the difference is between the turbo and non-turbo. Am I missing out on some major performance if I get the non-turbo? Also, what should I specifically be wary of when in search for a used Forester?

Answered by CarsGuide

21 Dec 2018 Graham Smith

There are three petrol engines in the current Forester range, beginning with the 2.0-litre non-turbo engine, which boasts 110 kW, will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 10.6 seconds and has a top speed of 190 km//h. Step up to the 2.5-litre engine, also a non-turbo, and it has 126 kW, will accelerate to 100 km/h in 9.9s, and has a top speed of 196 km/h. The top performer is the 2.0-litre turbo model with 177 kW, an acceleration time of 7.5s, and a top speed of 210 km/h. So, yes you are missing out on some serious performance if you choose not to buy the turbo. When buying a used Forester look for an engine that consumes more oil than normal, and check for signs of use off-road.

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