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Subaru Forester 2.0D-S 2017 review: snapshot

The 2.0D-S has all the charm of the diesel engine with the spec list of the S.

The 2.0D-S has all the charm of the diesel engine with the spec list of the S. Fitted with the same 2.0-litre boxer turbocharged diesel as the L, the S puts 108kW and 350Nm at your disposal, with a combined cycle fuel figure of 5.9L/100km.

At $39,740, it's a big jump from the L, but there's a lot more on board. As with the cars beneath it in the range, you get a six-speaker stereo with a 7.0-inch Starlink touchscreen, USB and Bluetooth. The S adds sat nav, LED headlights, electric heated front seats, leather trim, a huge sunroof, electric tailgate and a swag of safety gear. The S also picks up larger 18-inch alloy wheels with better Bridgestone tyres than the L's Yokohamas.

The big uplift in safety tech, adding EyeSight (active cruise control, forward-collision warning, autonomous emergency braking) and Vision Assist, which includes blind-spot monitor, lane-change assist, reverse cross traffic alert and side-view monitor.

The only catch on the safety front is that EyeSight is only available with the CVT; if you opt for the manual, it's deleted.

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Range and Specs

2.0D-L 2.0L, Diesel, CVT AUTO $19,990 – 29,999 2017 Subaru Forester 2017 2.0D-L Pricing and Specs
2.0D-S 2.0L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $27,500 – 30,000 2017 Subaru Forester 2017 2.0D-S Pricing and Specs
2.0i-L 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $17,300 – 24,090 2017 Subaru Forester 2017 2.0i-L Pricing and Specs
2.0XT 2.0L, PULP, CVT AUTO $28,577 – 35,990 2017 Subaru Forester 2017 2.0XT Pricing and Specs
Peter Anderson
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