Subaru Forester 2.5i-S 2022 Motoring Minute Review

We drive the Subaru Forester on a Road Test Review

Subaru Forester – In the world of mid-size AWD SUVs the Subaru Forester stands alone with its Symmetrical AWD system and Boxer engine.

MY22 Subaru Forester 2.5i-S.

The Forester is powered by a 2.5L engine that produces 136Kw and 239Nm running through a 7 step CVT and permanent AWD.

This is a good combination, especially now that the SGP that provides class leading ride, handling and dynamics. It’s comfortable and smooth on road but off road is where the Forester excels.

TO LISTEN TO THE RADIO REVIEW CLICK BELOW

MY22 Subaru Forester 2.5i-S. driving

For adventurous buyers that want to detour from the main roads the Forester provides class leading ground clearance of 220mm which is actually more than a Toyota HiLux. Throw in the revised X Mode for more control and you have yourself a car that provides the best of both worlds.

2022 Subaru Forester 2.5i-S boot

Forester is ideal for trips to the snow, exploring forest trails, beach and dirt road driving. It has 1800kg towing capacity for campers, smaller boats and seadoos as well.

2022 Subaru Forester 2.5i-S screen safety

Again the Forester has class leading Safety with Subaru’s renowned Eye Sight technology and Driver Monitoring System.

The 2.5i-S Forester is priced from $44,190 plus the usual costs and represents excellent value for buyers that favour an adventurous lifestyle.

This is a Motoring Minute

Im Rob Fraser

MY22 Subaru Forester 2.5i-S interior

What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Class leading Safety
  • AWD System and X Mode
  • Ride, Handling and Dynamics
  • Would like Wireless Apple Car Play
  • Would prefer a true Automatic Transmission
  • Would love an STI Version

Some Other Forester Articles

2022 COTY Subaru Forester 25i s engine

Model   

Subaru Forester 2.5i-S AWD

Model PriceFrom $44,190 MLP*
Engine2.5L naturally aspirated Boxer four cylinder petrol
Drivetrain7 Step CVT Symmetrical AWD with X Mode
Power136kW at 5,800rpm
Torque239 Nm @ 4,4rpm
Safety5 Star ANCAP (tested 2018)
CO2 Emissions168 g/km
Economy ADR / Tank7.4 L/100km 8.5L/100km over our test / 63 L
Servicing5 years Capped Price
Warranty5yr/ Unlimited km with 5 Yr. conditional roadside assist

 *MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options.

MY22 Subaru Forester 2.5i-S.

Overall Rating    

91/100

Behind the Wheel9
Comfort9
Equipment9
Performance8
Ride and Handling9
Practicality9
Fit for Purpose9
Towing/Off Road Capability*10
Technology / connectivity9
Value for Money10

*Towing and Off Road capability is measured relative to other vehicles in the class. It is not to be used as a measure against vehicles in other classes.

MY22 Subaru Forester 2.5i-S. profile

Dimensions

 
Overall Length4640mm
Wheelbase2670mm
Width / Height / Turning Circle1815mm / 1730mm / 10.8mts KTK
Unladen ground clearance / wading depthUp to 220 mm / TBC
Approach / RO / DepartureTBC
Boot Space Min / Max L498 / 1740
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating1800kg / 180kg

MY22 Subaru Forester 2.5i-S. rear qtr

Motoring Minutes are heard around Australia every day on over 50 radio channels through the Torque Radio network

Motoring Minute has an average daily audience of over 150,000 listeners. That’s over 750,000 listeners a week.

Motoring Minute is also broadcast as part of Overdrive Radio Program, which is broadcast through the Community Radio Network across Australia.

Motoring Minutes are also syndicated through various news sites around Australia

  • 9/10
    Behind the Wheel - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Comfort - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Equipment - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Performance - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Ride and Handling - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Practicality - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fit for Purpose - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Towing/Off Road Capability* - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Technology / connectivity - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Value for Money - 10/10
9.1/10

Summary

Subaru Forester – In the world of mid-size AWD SUVs the Subaru Forester stands alone with its Symmetrical AWD system and Boxer engine.
The 2.5i-S Forester is priced from $44,190 plus the usual costs and represents excellent value for buyers that favour an adventurous lifestyle.

About Rob Fraser 2486 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.