Simon Lai road tests and reviews the 2015 Subaru Forester 2.0D-L.
Following on from our first ride in Subaru’s auto diesel Forester I got behind the wheel of the 2015 Subaru Forester 2.0D-L.
As the name implies, the 2.0D-L has a 2.0 litre turbo diesel engine which is under the bonnet of the 2.0D-S. The boxer engine is capable of producing 108kW and 350Nm.
This being the case the response and feel on the road is the same as in its better equipped brother.
For more insight on the drive, refer to the Forester 2.0D-S review.
I did have a chance to test out the AWD system with some light offroading. Switching it into ‘X-mode’, the car takes over and controls the speed, braking and transmission with the use of hill descent control when going down declines.
Even on flatter surfaces the car will creep forward on its own, properly negotiating any potholes or divots accordingly. This process does make audible grinding noise as it moves forward which I found a little unnerving at times.
Getting over this kind of terrain is made easier with a 220mm ground clearance however, alloy wheels on the 2.0D-L are smaller at 17 inches.
The Forester 2.0D-L has a few less features than the 2.0D-S but the cupboard is by no means bare. You still get the features found in the base model; a reversing camera, 7” touchscreen, dual zone climate control, daytime running lights, roof rails and a leather bound steering wheel which is skinny and not so well padded out.
Foresters are fitted with a voice command function, as are the Liberty and Outback ranges, which is operable on the steering wheel. However, I found it to be a tad slow on the uptake and is sometimes inaccurate negating the convenience of the function.
To the rear of the car and boot storage is the main attraction of course. No powered tailgate here although the rear seat release latch is a one-touch electronic switch (similar in design to power window buttons). One press of the button and the rear seats are disengaged and flung forward.
For rear seat passengers, seat backs are able to recline with the pull of a strap in the seat crevice and seat belts are kept out of the way sitting on their own track.
The cabin interior is a little more square, and upright but this does mean abundant head room even for the tallest amongst us. Legroom too is also generous both front and back.
Seats are upholstered in a black cloth trim matching the rest of the black interior.
I know it’s the lower spec model but probably the only thing that is below par is the very ordinary key. Aside from that there isn’t too much wrong with this SUV.
The retail price for a lower spec Forester 2.0D-L starts from $35,490 while the upper spec Forester 2.0D-S begins at $41,490, both coming with a five star ANCAP safety rating.
It’s not hard to see why the Forester has been a mainstay for Subaru over the years. The 2015 Subaru Forester 2.0D-S continues that trend with a great offering in the auto diesel class. It may not be as luxurious as, say, the Outback but is practical, spacious and has all the necessary features.
Also check out our story on the new Special Edition Forester.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Subaru Forester 2.0D-L
Engine: 2.0 litre turbo diesel producing 108kW and 350Nm
Warranty: 3 year Unlimited km
Safety: Five Stars
Price: From $35,490