Subaru Forester 2014 Review [Video]

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Good compact SUV’s are something of a rarity, but this is something the Subaru Forester 2014 wants to challenge. It wants to be your compact SUV of choice. It certainly looks the part, with a nice balance between rugged but family-based appeal, and contemporary aesthetics that aren’t trying to be all ‘poster boy.’ The Subaru Forester 2014 has Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, but it also has a smart interior, meaning its consumers get the best of both worlds. They don’t have to feel as though they’re sat inside a brawny off-roader, but neither do they have to confront some of Britain’s bumpiest surfaces with anxiety.

side of 2014 Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester 2014

The problem Subaru has had is that not many people have been buying this car down the years. The Subaru Forester 2014 is the fourth generation model, and the brand are again trying to elevate it from something very niche to something competent enough to challenge the mainstream. With more space, better technology, and more choice of engines than the Subaru Forester 2013, we definitely think the 2014 Subaru Forester is well worth a closer look.


The most popular engine will be the 2.0-litre diesel 147PS which gives you 350Nm of torque and can reach 62mph in 10.2 seconds. It comes with Subaru’s reputable Symmetrical All Wheel Drive system as well as their ‘boxer’ engine that creates a fantastic low centre of gravity. This particular variant has a lot of pulling power – 40% more than the 150PS petrol version. But the pick of the bunch for the Subaru Forester 2014 is probably the 240PS Subaru Forester XT petrol turbo variant, which blasts its way to 62mph in 7.5 seconds and can reach a top speed of 137mph.

rear view of 2014 Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester 2014

This variant comes with auto transmission and there is the option of additional extras that really gives it an edge. There is the X-Mode system that comes with hill descent control, enhancing the car’s stability and throttle response, aiding and assisting you in muddier, slippery conditions, really adding something to the Subaru Forester STI variant in particular. Then there is the Subaru Intelligent Drive system which allows you to manually refine the way the car drives so that it replicates your mood. If you’re feeling turbo charged, you can turn it into an off-road challenger; conversely, if you’re feeling relaxed, you can adjust the settings so that it just ambles quietly along.

This is all well and good, but Subaru are trying to expand their customer base with the new Subaru Forester. So how does it actually fare off-road? Well, pretty good actually. It possesses 220mm of ground clearance, which is better than its rivals, and has departure angles of 25 and 26 degrees. Although it looks more plush than ever, it still has meat and punch underneath all the fine exterior.


The plush looks can be found most clearly in the curvaceous roofline that does a good job of really accentuating the increased body width. The 2014 Subaru Forester is also taller than before, has a higher bonnet and a longer wheelbase. This results in a larger, more accommodating cabin, as well as 505-litre boot that offers 12% more space than before.

One of the biggest problems that has besieged the Forester down the years has been the lack of a good-looking interior. No doubt it has caused it to be very niche and has led to poor sales, so if the brand were really serious about propelling their model into the mainstream, they had to inject a bit of class inside. Well, the horrible plastics have gone, to be replaced by smarter materials that find their way across the dash. It still doesn’t ooze class but it’s a start.

Final Thoughts

Subaru Forester deals start at £25,000 and reach upwards of £32,000. The cheaper options are to be found among the Subaru Forester diesel variants, owing to the fact that they don’t come with some of the equipment which the petrol variants offer. The petrol’s also come with the CVT lineartronic automatic transmission. But this is not to say that the diesels already have some nifty standard specs; standard across all models are alloy wheels, roof rails, heated electric mirrors and a four speaker stereo system. Efficiency levels are good too, with the four-wheel drive system of the Subaru Forester 2014 offering up just as good Subaru Forester mpg figures as their two-wheel rivals. If you are to pay the extra cash for more top of the range variants, checking out Subaru Forester XT reviews are recommended.

All in all, it’s taken Subaru since 1997 to get the Forester right. If the 2014 Subaru Forester isn’t completely perfectly right, then it’s at least taking big steps in the right direction. It still lacks a bit of culture, but when the tough gets going out there, it isn’t culture you’ll be wanting – it will be the new Subaru Forester 2014.

If you want to get hold of the Subaru Forester 2014, don’t hesitate to leave us a message on our contact page, or give us a call on 01903 538835 to find out more about our Subaru lease deals.

Will Titterington
  • 3rd December 2014

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