Subaru facelifted the Forester compact SUV a few months ago – in October 2015 – and now the model that is already available at home in Japan has travelled far and wide to also reach the market in Great Britain.
The jump is not astonishing considering the UK sees the Forester as the brand’s top selling model – and the mild refresh comes with a modified front grille with a wing motif in the mesh and a fresh bumper with additional chrome trim. The elongated headlights have also gone through the tweaking process and the clusters sport a black theme while keeping in line with the so-called “hawk-eye” motif. Additionally, clinic these are now LED headlights with adaptive front lighting system making sure the corners are well illuminated. The back side of the 2016 model year for the UK market also sports a quick nip and tuck to the LED taillights.
Moving into the cabin we see the Japanese carmaker has fitted even more sound deadening material and thicker window glass to increase the NVH rating – and for that purpose it also uses new seals around the window frames which according to the brand can improve sound absorption. The list of modifications also includes an upgraded suspension and retuned transmissions. The 150-hp naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter gasoline and 147-hp turbodiesel 2.0-liter engines have a standard six speed manual gearbox and both can also be fitted as an optional extra with a continuously variable transmission. The 241-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline in the Forester XT uses the latter as standard. Prices start from £26,995 and can go all the way up to £30,995.