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Subaru Forester 2.0XT 2017 review: snapshot

This is where the Forester gets a bit of a performance boost.

This is where the Forester gets a bit of a performance boost. While engine size drops back to 2.0-litres, power is way up to 177kW at 5600rpm and 350Nm between 2400 and 3600rpm. The torque figure is identical to the diesel's but fuel consumption is higher at a claimed 8.5L/100km. The turbo petrol also insists on 95 RON fuel.

Starting at $41,240, the XT arrives on your drive with 18-inch alloy wheels, a six-speaker stereo, the same 7.0-inch Starlink screen with USB and Bluetooth (but loses sat nav), electric driver's seat, cloth trim, unpowered tailgate and full-size spare.

The XT also drops EyeSight and Vision Assist, but maintains its five-star ANCAP rating with seven airbags, ABS, stability and traction controls, three top-tether anchor points and two ISOFIX points.

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2.0D-L 2.0L, Diesel, CVT AUTO $21,998 – 31,490 2017 SUBARU FORESTER 2017 2.0D-L Pricing and Specs
2.0D-S 2.0L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $34,888 – 35,990 2017 SUBARU FORESTER 2017 2.0D-S Pricing and Specs
2.0i-L 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $20,570 – 26,070 2017 SUBARU FORESTER 2017 2.0i-L Pricing and Specs
2.0XT 2.0L, PULP, CVT AUTO $30,990 – 37,990 2017 SUBARU FORESTER 2017 2.0XT Pricing and Specs
Peter Anderson
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