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Grip : GRIP December 2012
WHAT’S IN THE PRESS GRIP NEW FORESTER IMPRESSES ON FIRST DRIVES CONTACT GRIP THE national motoring media have driven the new Forester, and now they are writing about it. Here is some of what they have to say ...... About new Forester “While Subaru has not altered the primary character traits of the Forester, it has evolved. The new car has a new base level engine and a new continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). “It is also larger, has an improved interior and is vastly more fuel efficient.” James Stanford, caradvice.com.au “To answer the question posed earlier, yes, the new Subaru Forester will be competitive in an increasingly crowded market. “It drives better than previously - even with a CVT auto, which others have too - it has a smoother ride, it’s bigger and classier inside and is quieter to boot.” Fean Torr, carpoint.com.au “We like the extra technology, we like the new styling and classy interior and we like the driving dynamics. Has Subaru Forester risen to the challenge of the Mazda CX-5? You bet it has.” Brad Leach, carshowroom.com.au “Right off the bat it’s evident that Subaru has made big improvements with its fourth- generation Forester. It drives better, looks better, has more technology and is more fuel- efficient. The new Forester is, in a word, accomplished.” Fean Torr, carpoint.com.au About the handling “CVTs can cause engines to make an awful slurring sound when they are working hard. Thankfully, the Forester 2.5 has enough torque that this is not an issue. “It accelerates nicely and there are no step changes of a traditional transmission. This is a plus for owners, but the improved economy over a torque convertor automatic is likely to make more of an impression.” James Stanford, caradvice.com.au We tested the six-speed manual gearbox with the diesel models, and it offers good shift feel and more control over the engine than the auto, while the new CVT is best described as seamless. “Like most CVTs, the auto feels like it slips a bit when it’s worked hard, but it’s one of the better offerings out there, responding promptly to initial throttle input and delivering good efficiency during highway driving. Fean Torr, carpoint.com.au “The 2.5 isn’t particularly revvy but has linear acceleration. It cruises especially well and is quite adept at dismissing the effects of rough bitumen roads. “On the gravel it is even more surprising, with excellent stability that defies the wagon’s height. VERDICT? Very smooth and very sure-footed manners mean this SUV is now almost in the upper-market mid-size sedan bracket for ride and handling.” Neil Dowling, News Ltd, caradvice.com.au INSIDE GRIP HOME PAGE FROM THE MD NEW FORESTER IN THE PRESS BRZ NEWS AFTERSALES PASSENGER VEHICLES TRENDS DEALER STATS NPS SCORES SPORT
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