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Forester

Starting price R407 000

Quartz Blue Pearl

Forester

Starting price R407 000

Crystal Black Silica

Forester

Starting price R407 000

Crystal White Pearl

Forester

Starting price R407 000

Dark Grey Metallic

Forester

Starting price R407 000

Ice Silver Metallic

Forester

Starting price R407 000

Jasmine Green Metallic

Forester

Starting price R407 000

Sepia Bronze Metallic

Forester

Starting price R407 000

Venetian Red Pearl

Subaru Forester Line Up

Calculate your repayments
ModelPrice
Forester 2.0XFrom R407 000
Forester 2.5XFrom R448 800
Forester 2.5XSFrom R493 700
Forester 2.5XS PremiumFrom R555 900
Forester 2.0XTFrom R624 200

Exterior and interior features

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Subaru Interior
Interior

The Forester features a refined interior with high-quality soft-touch materials, available leather seats and reclining rear seats that fold flat to increase boot space.

Subaru Sunroof
Sunroof

Available double-volume power sliding sunroof with sun shade cover.

Subaru Rear Gate
Rear Gate

The power rear gate will take some of the work out of loading. Use the switch on the instrument panel, the gate or the key fob, and it opens or closes automatically.

Subaru Instrument Panel
Instrument Panel

Located conveniently in the instrument panel, informative car vitals are displayed at a touch of a button. It features environmental performance and efficiency – even allowing you to compare efficiency between different trips.

Subaru LED Lights
LED Lights

LED Steering Responsive Headlights with High Beam Assist actively track in the direction of a turn to enhance visibility. If you’re approaching oncoming traffic at night, auto high beams will sense the road ahead and automatically switch to low beam.

Subaru Sound
Sound

Available 8 Harman Kardon® speakers, including subwoofer and amplifier.

Subaru Touch Screens
Touch Screens

6-speaker audio CD/USB/AUX/RDS receiver system with multifunction display integration and steering wheel controls.

Subaru Expandable Boot
Expandable Boot

An impressive 488ℓ boot which expands to 1557ℓ when the rear seats are folded down in a 60/40 split. Four tie-down hooks and two utility hooks help to secure loose items, and a 12V power outlet offers added convenience.

Technology

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From the very beginning, Subaru vehicles have provided drivers with a uniquely confident experience behind the wheel. The core technology that drives this feeling: the low-profile Subaru Boxer engine, world-renowned all-wheel drive system, fully independent suspension system and lightweight, ultra-rigid chassis. Here, the result is the 2018 Subaru Forester, an honest-to-goodness SUV with completely unique qualities for an SUV, including superb handling and stability, impressive efficiency and dynamic all-road/all-weather performance.

Subaru All-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive

Permanent Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (SAWD) delivers power to all four wheels at all times, ensuring enhanced control of the Forester on or off-road – even in poor conditions. The entire drive system, from the Boxer engine to the rear differential, is mounted in a straight, symmetrical line, delivering the Forester's stability and balance.

Subaru Dynamic Control
Dynamic Control

The Vehicle Dynamics Control System monitors and analyses if the vehicle is following the driver’s intended course via an array of sensors. If a tyre slips or a high-speed turn causes the vehicle to veer off its intended path, the AWD torque distribution, engine output and brakes at each wheel are adjusted to assist in keeping the vehicle on course.

Subaru Engine
Engine

While most engines stand vertically, our Subaru Boxer engine lays flat – delivering handling that no other engine can. Sitting horizontally in the engine bay, it moves like a boxer’s fists with a punch and counterpunch action. With perfect balance and a much lower centre of gravity, it creates less noise and vibration too.

Subaru X-Mode
X-Mode

When activated, X-Mode with Hill Descent Control takes command of the engine, transmission, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (SAWD), brakes and other components to provide the best traction and grip in difficult conditions. Hill Descent Control moderates speed and braking for you when going downhill, allowing you to concentrate on steering.

Safety

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The 2018 Subaru Forester has been designated an IIHS Top Safety Pick for the way in which it incorporates the latest thinking in active and passive safety, including structural and technology enhancements that have boosted standards to new heights. Fitted with a world-class all-wheel Drive system, striking agility, superior visibility and class-leading active safety systems such as Vehicle Dynamics Control, the Forester excels with unbeatable evasive capabilities – especially for a compact SUV.

Safety Rating

5 star safety ratings and Top Safety Pick Awards globally.

Subaru Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Rear Cross Traffic Alert

If you’re reversing and a vehicle drives past behind you, you will receive an audible and visual warning. Perfect for Saturday morning shopping.

Subaru Side Mirror Monitor
Side Mirror Monitor

While you’re reverse parking, the Side View Monitor indicates the distance from the pavement or a parked vehicle. The Rear View Camera scans the road behind you, and alerts you if anything is in the way.

Subaru Visibility
Visibility

The Forester offers exceptional visibility in all directions. The A-pillar and partition windows are integrated into the front doors to reduce blind spots. The side mirrors are placed on the door panels to create improved visibility (forward and back). The glass area and the side mirror surface area are large.

Subaru Side Mirror
Side Mirror

If a vehicle is in your blind spot, a light symbol in your side mirror lights up to let you know. If you’re changing lanes and a fast approaching vehicle is behind you, a light symbol will warn you of its presence.

Subaru Impact Design
Impact Design

In the event of a head-on collision, the Subaru Boxer engine and transmission are designed to absorb impact, and then break away from the vehicle structure and drop below the passenger cabin for added protection.

Reinforcement Frame

This proprietary advanced frame design strengthens the passenger compartment by linking the roof to the side pillars and the floor. As a result, impact energy coming from all directions is dissipated and then diverted away from the passenger cabin.

Subaru Impact Protection
Impact Protection

The Forester features a full complement of 7 supplemental restraints, including dual-stage deployment front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags with roll-over sensors for front and rear outboard occupants as well as a driver’s knee airbag

Model Specifications

2.0X 6MT
407,000
2.5X Lineartronic CVT
448,800
2.5XS Lineartronic CVT
493,700
2.5XS Premium Lineartronic CVT
555,900
2.0XT Lineartronic CVT
624,200
Exterior
Auto on LED Headlamps
no
no
yes
yes
yes
Steering responsive headlights (SRH)
no
no
yes
yes
yes
Front fog lamps
no - DRL only
no - DRL only
yes
yes
yes
Roof rail
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Door mirror colour
Black
Black
Body Coloured
Body Coloured
Body Coloured
Dual tail pipes
no
no
no
no
yes
Sports Front Bumper with Chrome Accented Fog Lamp
no
no
no
no
yes
Wheel design & size
Steel 225/60R17
Steel 225/60R17
Alloy 225/60R17
Alloy 225/55R18
Alloy 225/55R18
Double volume power sliding sunroof with sun shade cover
no
no
no
yes
yes
Automatic rain-sensing windshield wipers
no
no
no
yes
yes
Seating and Trim
Leather wrapped steering wheel & gear lever
no
no
yes
yes
yes
Leather seats
no
no
no
yes
yes
Heated Seats
no
no
yes
yes
yes
8-way power seat - driver
no
no
yes
yes
yes
Reclining rear seat
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
60/40 split folding rear seats
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Seat back storage pocket (front passenger side only)
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Aluminium pedals
no
no
no
no
yes
Comfort & Convenience
Power windows
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Keyless entry and push-button start system
no
no
yes
yes
yes
Powered rear gate
no
no
yes
yes
yes
Heated Mirror
no
no
yes
yes
yes
Wiper De-Icer
no
no
yes
yes
yes
Paddle shifters
no
no
yes
yes
yes
Extendable Sunvisor with vanity mirror
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
One Touch Lane Changer
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Two 12-volt accessory power outlets (in centre panel and centre console box)
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Rear seat centre armrest with 2 cup holders
no
no
yes
yes
yes
Tilt-adjustable / telescopic steering wheel
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Steering wheel mounted audio, mobile phone & cruise control switches
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Climate control
no
no
yes
yes
yes
Entertainment
6 speaker Audio CD/USB/AUX/RDS receiver system, with MFD integration and steering wheel controls
yes
yes
yes
no
no
11 harman kardon® speakers including subwoofer Audio CD/USB/AUX/RDS receiver system, with MFD integration and steering wheel controls
no
no
no
yes
yes
Multi function information display (MFD)
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Voice Recognition and Siri eyesfree
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Auxiliary audio input and USB Ports
Single
Single
Dual
Dual
Dual
Safety
Reverse Camera
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
High beam assist
no
no
no
yes
yes
Blind spot monitoring with Lane change assist
no
no
no
yes
yes
Rear cross traffic alert
no
no
no
yes
yes
Side-View Monitor
no
no
no
yes
yes
SRS airbags- front driver & passenger airbags
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
SRS airbags - front side driver & passenger airbags
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
SRS airbags - Drivers Knee airbags
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
SRS airbags - dual intelligent side curtain airbags
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Wiplash reducing front seats
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Side-door reinforcement beams
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
ISO-FIX adapted child seat anchors (with tether anchors) for infants and children
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Warranty & Maintenance
5 year/ 150 000km warranty
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
3 year/ 75 000 km maintenance plan with extension options available
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Subaru Assist
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
15 000km Service Intervals
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Engine & Performance
Type
Horizontally-opposed Boxer 4-cylinder, petrol engine
Horizontally-opposed Boxer 4-cylinder, petrol engine
Horizontally-opposed Boxer 4-cylinder, petrol engine
Horizontally-opposed Boxer 4-cylinder, petrol engine
Direct injected, turbocharged horizontally-opposed Boxer 4-cylinder, petrol engine
Bore x Stroke
84 × 90
94 × 90
94 × 90
94 × 90
86 × 86
Displacement
1995
2498
2498
2498
1998
Compression Ratio
10.5
10
10
10
10.6
Fuel system
Port Injection
Port Injection
Port Injection
Port Injection
Direct Injection System
Fuel tank capacity
60
60
60
60
60
Max output
110@6200
126@5800
126@5800
126@5800
177@5600
Max torque
198@4200
235@4100
235@4100
235@4100
350@2400-3600
0-100 time
10.6
9.9
9.9
9.9
7.5
Max speed (in top gear)
190
196
196
196
210
Fuel Consumption - combined
7.2
8.1
8.1
8.1
8.5
CO2 emissions - combined
168
187
187
187
197
Drivability
AWD type
n/a
Active Torque Split AWD system
Active Torque Split AWD system
Active Torque Split AWD system
Active Torque Split AWD system
Vehicle Dynamics Control system
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
X-Mode
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
Intelligent (I) mode
no
no
yes
yes
yes
Sport (S) mode
no
no
yes
yes
yes
SportSharp (S#) mode
no
no
no
no
yes
4-sensor / 4-channel ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Brake assist system
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Traction Control System (TCS)
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Auto Stop / Start Technology
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
Dimensions and Weight
Overall Length
1735
1735
1735
1735
1735
Overall Width
4595
4595
4595
4595
4595
Overall Height
1795
1795
1795
1795
1795
Wheelbase
2640
2640
2640
2640
2640
Front Track
1545
1545
1545
1545
1545
Rear Track
1550
1550
1550
1550
1550
Minimum ground clearance
220
220
220
220
220
Boot Capacity (rear seat up/down)
505 / 1564
505 / 1564
505 / 1564
488 / 1557 (with power tailgate)
488 / 1557 (with power tailgate)
Maximum trailer weight (braked/unbraked)
1500 / 750
1500 / 750
1500 / 750
1500 / 750
1800 / 750
Tare mass
1496
1531
1531
1531
1636
Gross combination mass
3515
3515
3515
3515
3910
Gross vehicle mass
2015
2015
2015
2015
2110
Gearing and Drivetrain
D range (Lineartronic CVT)
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3.581~0.570
3.581~0.570
3.581~0.570
3.505~0.544
Gear ratio 1st
3.454
3.581
3.581
3.581
3.505 (S#:3.505)
Gear ratio 2nd
1.947
2.262
2.262
2.262
2.238 (S#:2.270)
Gear ratio 3rd
1.296
1.658
1.658
1.658
1.641 (S#:1.752)
Gear ratio 4th
1.029
1.208
1.208
1.208
1.194 (S#:1.417)
Gear ratio 5th
0.825
0.885
0.885
0.885
0.880 (S#:1.170)
Gear ratio 6th
0.738
0.618
0.618
0.618
0.611 (S#:0.968)
Gear ratio 7th
-----
-----
-----
-----
----- (S#:0.785)
Gear ratio 8th
-----
-----
-----
-----
----- (S#:0.611)
Gear ratio Reverse
4.072
3.667
3.667
3.667
2.345
Final Drive axle ratio
4.444
3.9
3.9
3.9
4.111
Chassis
Steering
Rack and Pinion Electric Assist
Rack and Pinion Electric Assist
Rack and Pinion Electric Assist
Rack and Pinion Electric Assist
Rack and Pinion Electric Assist
Front Suspension
MacPherson struts, lower L-arms, coil springs, stabilizer bar
MacPherson struts, lower L-arms, coil springs, stabilizer bar
MacPherson struts, lower L-arms, coil springs, stabilizer bar
MacPherson struts, lower L-arms, coil springs, stabilizer bar
MacPherson struts, lower L-arms, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Rear Suspension
Double wishbone, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Double wishbone, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Double wishbone, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Double wishbone, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Double wishbone, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Approach angle
23
23
23
23
23
Departure angle
25
25
25
25
25
Breakover angle .
21
21
21
21
21
Minimum turning circle ( at tyre )
10.6
10.6
10.6
10.6
10.6
Brakes Front & Rear
Ventilated Disc / Solid Disc
Ventilated Disc / Solid Disc
Ventilated Disc / Solid Disc
Ventilated Disc / Solid Disc
Ventilated Disc / Ventilated Disc
Tyre size
225 / 60 R17
225 / 60 R17
225 / 60 R17
225 / 55 R18
225 / 55 R18
Wheel size
17×7J
17×7J
17×7J
17×7J
18×7J
Full size spare wheel
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes

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Accessories

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Fog Lamp Kit for 2013–2015 Models (Product code: AH4510SG050)

Fender Flare Kit (Product code: EE2010SG000)

Bumper Corner Protector (Product code: EJ105EAJ002)

Side Protector (Product code: EJ105EAJ103)

Cargo Step Resin (Product Code: EE775ESG000)

Tow Bar Fixed. Please note: detachable tow bar not available. (Product code: LL1010SG100-ST)

Splash Guard Front (Product code: AJ1010SG251MC)

Splash Guard Rear (Product code: AJ1010SG254MC)

Dog Guard Standard (Product code: EF555ESG100)

Rubber Mat Front (Product code: EJ505ESG010RH)

Rubber Mat Rear (Product code: EJ505ESG020)

Cargo Tray Low (Product code: EJ515ESG000)

Forester XT Exhaust Kit (Product code: FORESTER ACC 13)

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Ruben Moodley

Perfect family vehicle!.

Forester
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My Subie is special because she is unique. She stands out from the crowd and often captures an inquisitive eye or the attention of another Subaru driver. She is reliable, always willing to assist – whether it is a short drive to the mall or an adventure through the thick sand of the Kalahari. I replaced my previous Forester with a Forester and the likelihood of replacing my Subie with something that is not Subaru is highly unlikely. Once you’re hooked, you are hooked.

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It’s my first Subaru and it is awesome driving it!.

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More than 10 years old and still brings me immeasurable pleasure every time I drive it. Still looks the part in this modern day and age!.

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The double-volume sunroof is brilliant for game viewing.

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Mfundiso Mahlasela

Very comfortable ride. Excellent road handling, especially on hardened rural roads.

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Fhatuwani Tshisikhawe

We can travel on hills and steeps, even in bad weather conditions. With the space in the boot, I can travel for days with my family. The technology that comes with the car at no extra costs is amazing.

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Warren Manda

We got our ‘treasure’ in 2016 and we have made such memories in it. I love the way it gave us a smooth ride on the terrible Zimbabwe roads. I also love the fact that I have power on tap, whenever it’s needed. It’s a beautiful car.

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From the moment I took the Subaru for a test drive, I knew it was in a different class. Subaru is value for money, compared to vehicles in the same class. Subaru is safe and of excellent quality. I know several Subaru owners who are passionate about their vehicles and tend to keep them. I love being able to drive my Subaru in urban areas, but also to take it off-road. My Subaru took us safely up and down the Sani Pass last year.

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