2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i-S Review

2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i-S road test and review.

My second week in a row in a Forester presented me with my second stint in the 2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i-S following a brief stint at the revamp launch.

The Forester 2.5i-S finds its place between the base model 2.0i-L and the 2.0XT petrol options I looked at last week helping to provide plenty of choices for Subaru customers.

With a price tag of $39,490, you don’t pay anymore that you did before, and while you do get a less powerful engine than the upper range XT Premium ($47,990), there’s a very similar feature list which we’ll get to later.

As the name indicates, a 2.5 litre engine is under the bonnet which is bigger though less powerful than the 2.0 litre turbo XT Premium engine. Still it’s more than capable spitting out 126kW and 235Nm.

This also means the Forester 2.5i-S only comes with two drive modes, with the Sport# mode having been omitted. However, it’s always good to have a least one higher option to go to and the Sport mode give just that little extra grunt needed for faster acceleration or overtaking.

So off the mark it’s not as lively as the Forester XT and does complain a lot if pushed hard but there more than enough in the tank to go about daily business and have some fun.

In a Subaru you can be guaranteed of a smooth, stable ride and good handling and safety; in fact it appears to be better than before.

Speaking of safety, the Forester has been given a five-star rating by ANCAP  and this primarily due to Subaru’s fantastic safety inclusions namely their Eyesight technology consisting of adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and pre-collision warning.

The off-roading X-mode is available together with AWD found in all Subaru models.

Consumption came in a little less than the XT at 9.0L/100km – a respectable achievement. This result can be affected by the start/stop system installed in the 2.5i-S.

My only grumble is that this setting resets each time you start the car and doesn’t stay off if the driver chose to do so in the last drive.

Another reoccurring issue is the pause between changing gears. No quick shifts here though this seems to be common amongst Subarus.

Also featuring in both the 2.5i-S and 2.0XT are 8-way powered seats with driver memory and steering responsive headlights which illuminate the direction wheels are turned, able to track along a curved stretch of road at night.

On top of this are auto LED headlights, daytime running lights, heated electric mirrors heated seats and wipers with a de-icer as well as push button start, seat back pockets, sat nav, a large sunroof and 18” alloy wheels.

Cabin space is adequate as always though somewhat more vertical given the Forester’s profile. However, there’s no shortage of shoulder room or storage in the boot easily expandable with quick release switches in the back for the rear seats.

The mid range 2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i-S is probably the pick of the bunch for me with a decent sized engine and a neat array of features. Combined with awesome Subaru safety, build quality and a solid ride, you’re guaranteed to be a satisfied customer.

NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i-S

Engine: 2.5L petrol producing 126kW and 235Nm

Transmission: CVT

Warranty: 3 Year/Unlimited km

Safety: Five stars

Origin: Japan

Price: From $39,490

About Simon Lai 715 Articles
Simon is a writer and sometime contributor to the podcast. He also takes care of video production and product reviews. He met Joel through radio school and has worked with him on other ventures, reading news, producing and presenting radio content for regional networks. Simon doesn’t profess to be a car nut but enjoys driving first and foremost and has a penchant for hot hatches. He helps to provide the everyday-man perspective.

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