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Subaru Forester 2.5i-S 2019 review: snapshot

EXPERT RATING
8.2
The $41,490 2.5i-S is the new top-of-the-range option in this fifth-generation Subaru Forester line-up, sitting $3000 above the 2.5i-Premium and just $8000 above the 2.5i entry model.

The $41,490 2.5i-S is the new top-of-the-range option in this fifth-generation Subaru Forester line-up, sitting $3000 above the 2.5i-Premium and just $8000 above the 2.5i entry model.

All Foresters now come standard with AEB and active cruise control via the EyeSight active safety system, while convenience steps up to the current status quo with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, plus DAB digital radio.

  • The top-spec 2.5i-S tops off the Forester range, starting at $41,490. (2.5i-S variant pictured) The top-spec 2.5i-S tops off the Forester range, starting at $41,490. (2.5i-S variant pictured)
  • The 2.5i-S features an electric sunroof, LED fog lights, premium nine-speaker audio system, and leather seat trim. (2.5i-S variant pictured) The 2.5i-S features an electric sunroof, LED fog lights, premium nine-speaker audio system, and leather seat trim. (2.5i-S variant pictured)
  • All Forester variants also now have torque vectoring as part of the AWD system, electronic parking brakes, and a blind-spot monitoring system. (2.5i-S variant pictured) All Forester variants also now have torque vectoring as part of the AWD system, electronic parking brakes, and a blind-spot monitoring system. (2.5i-S variant pictured)
  • The 2.5i-L, 2.5i Premium and 2.5i-S variants now score front and side view cameras to assist reversing. (2.5i-S variant pictured) The 2.5i-L, 2.5i Premium and 2.5i-S variants now score front and side view cameras to assist reversing. (2.5i-S variant pictured)
  • The leather seat trim covers both rows. (2.5i-S variant pictured) The leather seat trim covers both rows. (2.5i-S variant pictured)
  • The rear seats fold down flat. (2.5i-S variant pictured) The rear seats fold down flat. (2.5i-S variant pictured)

The 2.5i-S adds even more exterior and interior garnishing, including leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio plus a subwoofer, and the X-Mode off-road drive program scores two modes to choose from, tailored for either snow/dirt or deep snow/mud.

Like all new Foresters, the 2.5i-S comes with a 90 per cent-new 2.5-litre boxer petrol engine, which produces 136kW and 239Nm. A CVT auto is the only transmission now offered, but all Foresters continue to send power to all four wheels via Subaru's symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. Also like all new Foresters, the 2.5i-S carries an official combined fuel consumption figure of 7.4L/100km.

Pricing Guides

$37,890
Based on Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)
Lowest Price
$33,840
Highest Price
$41,940

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
2.5i (AWD) 2.5L, ULP, CVT AUTO $33,840 2019 Subaru Forester 2019 2.5i (AWD) Pricing and Specs
2.5i PREMIUM (AWD) 2.5L, ULP, CVT AUTO $38,890 2019 Subaru Forester 2019 2.5i PREMIUM (AWD) Pricing and Specs
2.5i-L (AWD) 2.5L, ULP, CVT AUTO $35,890 2019 Subaru Forester 2019 2.5i-L (AWD) Pricing and Specs
2.5i-S (AWD) 2.5L, ULP, CVT AUTO $41,940 2019 Subaru Forester 2019 2.5i-S (AWD) Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
8.2
Malcolm Flynn
CarsGuide Editor

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