The 2016 Subaru Forester has received well-meaning upgrades that would surely be appreciated by drivers and passengers alike. These upgrades cover safety, refinement, comfort and convenience – while prices remain the same for all trim levels. Prices range from £25,495 (on-the-road) for the 2.0i XE model to £26,995 for 2.0D XC models.
At first glance, the 2016 Subaru Forester conveys a refreshed exterior appearance. Its front end features the characteristic hexagonal grille updated with a new 'wing' motif grille mesh. The front end also features a reshaped front bumper with the new L-shaped chrome trim, thereby providing extra visual volume to the lower front end of the Forester and highlighting the vehicle’s relatively low center of gravity, stability and wide stance.
Moreover, the front end of the 2016 Subaru Forester is gifted with wraparound headlamps that still features Subaru's signature 'hawk-eye' shape. These headlamps now come with a sharper appearance, thanks to a new black base paint finish for a sharper appearance. LED combination lamps, meanwhile, are featured at the rear of the 2016 Subaru Forester. Subaru moved to have the 2016 Forester feature a functional interior with new materials and technologies, thereby giving the cabin a higher-quality appearance and feel while endowing it with modernity.
Once inside the cabin of the new Forester, occupants would appreciate the usage of more soft-touch materials, higher-resolution TFT displays and new piano black and metallic trim. Moreover, Subaru is offering new cloth and leather upholstery options, including the newly available brown leather.
To ensure comfort and refinement inside the cabin of the Forester, Subaru employed additional soundproofing measures. For instance, Subaru applied thicker glass to every door (front from 3.5 mm to 4.0 mm, rear from 3.1 mm to 3.5 mm) and the front quarter lights at the base of the A-pillar (from 3.5 mm to 4.0 mm).
This application helps reduce the entry of wind 'rush' and other noises into the cabin. Moreover, the carmaker used more sound-absorbent material to seal the window frames in the doors and added extra soundproofing material on the area where the dashboard meets the base of the windscreen.
More soundproofing materials were also added in the front passenger foot well. For the latest version of the Forester, Subaru made use of new lamp technology to further improve safety. For instance, headlamps now feature LED technology with Adaptive Front Lighting System that allows these lights to rotate left or right into corners as the wheel is turned. This approach results to better night visibility, as it lights up the road ahead in the direction to which the Forester is heading.
Complementing this safety feature are standard safety equipment like twin front, side, curtain and knee airbags, Subaru's hallmark Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive technology, and Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control (Subaru's electronic stability control system) with trailer stability. The carmaker’s Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive features an all-terrain capability that offers better traction even on irregular or slippery road conditions.
This capability is boosted with the X-Mode -- a control system that includes Hill Descent Control -- on Lineartronic CVT models. As for the source of power, the new 2016 Subaru Forester is powered by any of the available power plants, including three 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed four-cylinder Boxer engines -- a 150 PS naturally-aspirated 2.0i petrol engine; a 147 PS 2.0D turbo-diesel unit; and a 241 PS direct injection turbocharged (DIT) petrol unit.
All 2.0i and 2.0D Foresters are mated to, as standard, a six-speed manual transmission, while Lineartronic CVT is offered as an option. Meanwhile, XT models powered by the 241 PS DIT petrol engine come with Lineartronic CVTs.
Of course, these powerful engines should be complemented by a confidence-inspiring handling and greater ride comfort. Thus, Subaru implemented an array of modifications to ensure such attributes. For instance, Subaru employed updated suspension settings both at the front and rear to ensure the Forester is comfortable as it is refined. Subaru also adopted a new steering gearbox to speed up the steering ratio from 15.5:1 to 14.0:1.