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See the Best Midsize / Medium SUVs in 2019 as rated by Australians on ProductReview.com.au.

Reviews

Review distribution

5 star
147
4 star
79
3 star
24
2 star
14
1 star
14

Evonne

EvonneSydney, NSW

  • 7 reviews
  • 1 like

It is great as a car, but not as a mobile entertaining tool.

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Purchased in March 2018 at Subaru Dealers for $37,700.00.

Build Quality
Value for Money
Cleaning & Maintenance
Noise Level
TransmissionAutomatic
BoughtNew
Year2018
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Pierre

PierreShellharbour NSW

  • 16 reviews
  • 11 likes

S Edition for the money

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Purchased in August 2019 for $22,000.00.

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Value for Money
Cleaning & Maintenance
Noise Level
TransmissionSemi-Automatic
BoughtUsed
Year2011
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Daniel

Daniel

  • 3 reviews
  • 2 likes

Ticks many boxes, very versatile.

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Purchased in May 2019 at Subaru Docklands.

Build Quality
Value for Money
Cleaning & Maintenance
Noise Level
TransmissionContinuously Variable (CVT)
BoughtNew
Year2018
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sylvia

sylviaSydney, NSW

  • 2 reviews

Love this car

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I use this car everyday for work and family and outings.
This car is brand new so it will be serviced yearly.
No issues at this point.
Fantastic car i would recommend it for all ages so comfortable and spacious .

Purchased in March 2019 at subaru sutherland for $43,000.00.

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Noise Level
TransmissionAutomatic
BoughtNew
Year2019
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Tristan Evans

Tristan Evans

  • 3 reviews

Love this car, I almost live in it.

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I have owned this car since March and it has not skipped a beat on the road or off the road. Great safety features that suit me for long driving trips and goes really well off the beaten track.

Purchased in March 2019 at Cricks Highway for $43,000.00.

Build Quality
Value for Money
Cleaning & Maintenance
Noise Level
TransmissionContinuously Variable (CVT)
BoughtNew
Year2019
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Kangaroo3d

Kangaroo3dHunter Region, NSW

  • 7 reviews
  • 12 likes

$170 diagnosis fee after Takata Air Bag Recall

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Purchased in July 2014.

Year2011

Anon

AnonSydney, NSW

  • 5 reviews

Love this car.

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Great for everyday use in suburban and off road. So great for camping because high ground clearance (same as land cruiser). AWD is great.
If serviced regularly it's a Good reliable car.

Purchased in February 2019.

Build Quality
Value for Money
Cleaning & Maintenance
Noise Level
TransmissionAutomatic
BoughtUsed
Year2015
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Tony

TonySydney, NSW

Navigation System Outdated And Not Current

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Purchased in February 2019 at LIVERPOOL SUBARU.

TransmissionAutomatic
BoughtNew
Year2019
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levin

levinSydney, NSW

  • 5 reviews

Reliable and maintainable family car

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Bought it when it was 7 years old.
We used it for our family and it is always reliable.
We drove it across states, went to the snowy mountain. Never had a problem.

Purchased in December 2013.

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Noise Level
TransmissionAutomatic
BoughtUsed
Year2006
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Raresense

RaresenseSydney, NSW

  • 8 reviews
  • 22 likes

Safe, Reliable and wonderful car to drive! Highy Recommend!

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Purchased in October 2017 at Trivett Subaru Paramatta for $47,500.00.

Build Quality
Value for Money
Cleaning & Maintenance
Noise Level
TransmissionContinuously Variable (CVT)
BoughtNew
Year2018
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Clark Kent

Clark KentSouth East Queensland, QLD

  • 27 reviews
  • 22 likes

XT: Amazing ride quality, effortless torque, Swiss Army knife of SUV’s

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Purchased in January 2018 at Subaru Dealers.

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Value for Money
Cleaning & Maintenance
Noise Level
TransmissionContinuously Variable (CVT)
BoughtUsed
Year2016
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Marco Niere

Marco NiereGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC

  • 17 reviews
  • 9 likes

TERRIBLE is an Understatement: AVOID Poor Quality and Over Hyped

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Purchased in October 2015 for $41,000.00.

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Value for Money
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TransmissionAutomatic
BoughtNew
Year2015
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Really disappointed

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We purchased a new Forester recently and within the first couple of days an error appeared which disabled all electronic features. It is taking 3 weeks to get fixed. Not reliable.

Purchased in January 2019.

Year2019

AliG

AliG

  • 2 reviews
  • 1 like

Serious Design Flaws and Product Issues

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Purchased in May 2013.

TransmissionAutomatic
Year2012
Shenanigans

ShenanigansBrisbane

  • 32 reviews
  • 24 likes

Great, but not perfect.

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Purchased in January 2019.

Build Quality
Value for Money
Noise Level
TransmissionContinuously Variable (CVT)
BoughtNew
Year2019
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Martin

MartinSydney

  • 5 reviews
  • 1 like

Love our new car!

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True, we are only 5 days into our new Forester 2.51 S but wow! Silky smooth to drive, plenty of power, amazing technology covering everything you could need. Real luxury car feel with soft leather and great finishes. Traded in an xc90 and loving our experience.
Did lots of research before buying looked at xc60, x3, discovery sport (awful reliability), Honda CRV, Mazda X5...the Subaru came out on top for us with plenty of space, awd, latest release and features, great price compared to all the others.
So far so great!

Badge2.5i-S
Engine Size2.5
TransmissionAutomatic
Date PurchasedJan 2019
DriveAWD

auslan

auslanBlue Mountains

Simply easy to use - teenagers love it

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Have just bought this demo car, after using it as a loan car for 2 months. Traded my old car once fixed as this Forester is too good to let go...
Love the safety features, anti-collision (both front and rear), multiple cameras whilst parking or reversing, as well as staying with lanes on motorways and busy roads. We downgraded from a 7 seater SUV to this 5 seater car, kids happy with this.

Badge2.5i-L
Engine Size2.5
TransmissionAutomatic
Date PurchasedFeb 2019
DriveAWD

mike4005

mike4005

  • 2 reviews

This is a fantastic car

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A great and very safe car, ideal in traffic or on long intercity drives. Its very economical, very comfortable. I would recommend this vehicle to any person looking for a safe vehicle. Its also great value, cheep to insure and has a 10year warranty great boot, in fact I love it

Badge2.5i Luxury
Engine Size2.5
TransmissionAutomatic
Date PurchasedAug 2018

Taffy

TaffyDubbo

  • 9 reviews
  • 2 likes

Best in its class

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After owning a 2002 sf5 gt forester it was time for something bigger. Kids were starting to feel abit cramped. Luckily along comes the SH . Size wise it is as amazing with plenty of room for 5 adults. But after having a gt and being able to boost down the highway I needed an xt. With the 2.5l turbo out of a wrx (gt had a WRX motor with different heads and turbo) wow was I surprised when I put my foot down. Plant of power. A car that makes you smile everytime you get in. Was lucky to get the premium edition so full leather. Sun roof and sat navigation. For only $10000 with moderate is on the clock if this is the size car your after take one for a drive. I promise you wont be disappointed

BadgeXT Premium
Engine Size2.5
TransmissionAutomatic
Date PurchasedDec 2018
DriveAWD

ALix

ALixBrisbane

  • 4 reviews

Best family car

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I got this car because I was starting a family and it hasn’t disappointed me yet. It’s a smooth drive and is the perfect size for the fam.

It is super spacious - I think because there is many windows and it’s a boxy-ish car now like the slick back type Rav 4 (which I was going to get).

Badge2.5i-S
Engine Size2.0
TransmissionAutomatic
Date PurchasedMay 2017

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Questions & Answers

Clio

Clioasked

Forester S4 2.5i-L

Does the reversing camera come with a warning sound?

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Leigh F.

Leigh F.asked

why does subaroo forester 2.5p not have remote windows in Australia

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Sophie M.

Sophie M.asked

Forester S3

Hey.

Im looking into buying a 2010 Subaru Forester MY10 2.0D 6 Speed Manual Wagon. It has 285,000 kms on the clock though. Turbo diesel model. Has anyone had any issues with this model? Or has one with similar kms'? Has a lot of km's and thats my only con to the car really! Just trying to see if its worth it or not.

4 answers
Marco Niere
Marco Niere

That’s a lot of kms and turbos can be expensive to repair and replace. Unless u get the car for next to nothing I wouldnt buy it, it’s a big risk

Marco Niere
Marco Niere

Also I would suggest that such high KMS would mean the engine would be very old and tired and towards the end of its life, car had probably been thrashed.Definitely worth paying a bit more and get one with lower KMS AND NON TURBO! I wouldn’t pay more than $1000 for it

Clark Kent
Clark Kent

If highway kms and well serviced, (and the DPF could be a pain on these ( Diesel particulate filter))and if a low price could be plenty of life left. Diesel buyers are typically not hoons, tend to look after their cars, generally. I have seen cars with 200,000 kms that were in incredible condition. Get a independent mechanical inspection, peruse Forester owner forums, then decide.


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Subaru Forester S5 2.5i

Subaru Forester S5 2.5i (2018-2019)

No reviews
Subaru Forester S5 2.5i-L

Subaru Forester S5 2.5i-L (2018-2019)

3 reviews
Subaru Forester S5 2.5i-S

Subaru Forester S5 2.5i-S (2018-2019)

2 reviews
Subaru Forester S5 2.5i Premium

Subaru Forester S5 2.5i Premium (2018-2019)

3 reviews
Subaru Forester S3
  • Discontinued

Subaru Forester S3 (2008-2012)

90 reviews
Subaru Forester S4 2.0i
  • Discontinued

Subaru Forester S4 2.0i (2013-2018)

No reviews
Subaru Forester S4 2.0i-L
  • Discontinued

Subaru Forester S4 2.0i-L (2013-2018)

No reviews
Subaru Forester S4 2.5i
  • Discontinued

Subaru Forester S4 2.5i (2013-2018)

10 reviews
Subaru Forester S4 2.5i-L
  • Discontinued

Subaru Forester S4 2.5i-L (2013-2018)

20 reviews
Subaru Forester S4 2.5i-S
  • Discontinued

Subaru Forester S4 2.5i-S (2013-2018)

27 reviews
Subaru Forester S4 2.0D
  • Discontinued

Subaru Forester S4 2.0D (2013-2018)

6 reviews
Subaru Forester S4 2.0D-L
  • Discontinued

Subaru Forester S4 2.0D-L (2013-2018)

5 reviews
Subaru Forester S4 2.0D-S
  • Discontinued

Subaru Forester S4 2.0D-S (2013-2018)

1 review
Subaru Forester S4 XT
  • Discontinued

Subaru Forester S4 XT (2013-2018)

4 reviews
Subaru Forester S4 XT Premium
  • Discontinued

Subaru Forester S4 XT Premium (2013-2018)

19 reviews
Subaru Forester S4 2.5i Luxury
  • Discontinued

Subaru Forester S4 2.5i Luxury (2014)

7 reviews
Subaru Forester 1997 Release
  • Discontinued

Subaru Forester 1997 Release (1997-2002)

21 reviews
Subaru Forester 79V
  • Discontinued

Subaru Forester 79V (2002-2008)

56 reviews
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Starting Price $38,514$40,624$46,857$43,714$28,990$30,240$31,990$33,240$39,740$34,490$33,740$39,740$41,240$48,240$34,740
TransmissionContinuously Variable (CVT)Continuously Variable (CVT)Continuously Variable (CVT)Continuously Variable (CVT)ManualManualContinuously Variable (CVT)Continuously Variable (CVT)Continuously Variable (CVT)ManualContinuously Variable (CVT) and ManualContinuously Variable (CVT) and ManualContinuously Variable (CVT)Continuously Variable (CVT)Continuously Variable (CVT)
Drive TypeFour Wheel Drive (4WD)Four Wheel Drive (4WD)Four Wheel Drive (4WD)Four Wheel Drive (4WD)Four Wheel Drive (4WD)Four Wheel Drive (4WD)Four Wheel Drive (4WD)Four Wheel Drive (4WD)Four Wheel Drive (4WD)Four Wheel Drive (4WD)Four Wheel Drive (4WD)Four Wheel Drive (4WD)Four Wheel Drive (4WD)Four Wheel Drive (4WD)Four Wheel Drive (4WD)
Fuel TypePetrolPetrolPetrolPetrolDieselDieselDiesel
Wheels17" Alloy17" Alloy18" Alloy18" Alloy17" Alloy17" Alloy17" Alloy17" Alloy18" Alloy17" Alloy17" Alloy18" Alloy18" Alloy18" Alloy17" Alloy
ANCAP Safety Rating5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Doors555555555555555
Seats555555555555555
Fuel Consumption7.4 L/100km7.4 L/100km7.4 L/100km7.4 L/100km7.2 L/100km7.2 L/100km8.1 L/100km8.1 L/100km8.1 L/100km5.9 L/100km6.3 L/100km6.4 L/100km8.5 L/100km8.5 L/100km8.1 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 63 L63 L63 L63 L60 L60 L60 L60 L60 L60 L60 L60 L60 L60 L60 L
Engine4 Cylinder 2.5L4 Cylinder 2.5L4 Cylinder 2.5L4 Cylinder 2.5L4 Cylinder 2.0L4 Cylinder 2.0L4 Cylinder 2.5L4 Cylinder 2.5L4 Cylinder 2.5L4 Cylinder 2.0L4 Cylinder 2.0L4 Cylinder 2.0L4 Cylinder 2.0L4 Cylinder 2.0L4 Cylinder 2.5L
Max Power136kW @ 5800rpm136kW @ 5800rpm136kW @ 5800rpm136kW @ 5800rpm155kW @ 5600rpm108kW @ 3600rpm155kW @ 5600rpm177kW @ 5600rpm126kW @ 5800rpm92kW @ 5600rpm108kW @ 3600rpm110kW @ 6200rpm177kW @ 5600rpm136kW @ 5800rpm155kW @ 5600rpm
Max Torque239Nm @ 4400rpm239Nm @ 4400rpm239Nm @ 4400rpm239Nm @ 4400rpm320Nm @ 3600rpm350Nm @ 1600-2400rpm320Nm @ 3600rpm350Nm @ 2400-3600rpm235Nm @ 4100rpm184Nm @ 3600rpm350Nm @ 1600-2400rpm198Nm @ 4200rpm350Nm @ 2400-3600rpm239Nm @ 4400rpm320Nm @ 3600rpm
Country of ManufactureJapanJapanJapanJapanJapanJapanJapanJapanJapanJapanJapanJapanJapanJapanJapan
Safety Features
  • ABS (Antilock Braking System)
  • Active Cruise Control
  • AEB (Auto Emergency Braking)
  • Blindspot Warning System
  • Driver Attention Detection
  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • ISA (Intelligent Speed Assist)
  • ISO-fix Compatible
  • Lane Assist
  • Reversing Camera
  • Seat Belt Reminders
  • Traction Control
  • Tyre Pressure Monitor
  • ABS (Antilock Braking System)
  • Active Cruise Control
  • AEB (Auto Emergency Braking)
  • Blindspot Warning System
  • Driver Attention Detection
  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • ISA (Intelligent Speed Assist)
  • ISO-fix Compatible
  • Lane Assist
  • Reversing Camera
  • Seat Belt Reminders
  • Traction Control
  • Tyre Pressure Monitor
  • ABS (Antilock Braking System)
  • Active Cruise Control
  • AEB (Auto Emergency Braking)
  • Blindspot Warning System
  • Driver Attention Detection
  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • ISA (Intelligent Speed Assist)
  • ISO-fix Compatible
  • Lane Assist
  • Reversing Camera
  • Seat Belt Reminders
  • Traction Control
  • Tyre Pressure Monitor
  • ABS (Antilock Braking System)
  • Active Cruise Control
  • AEB (Auto Emergency Braking)
  • Blindspot Warning System
  • Driver Attention Detection
  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • ISA (Intelligent Speed Assist)
  • ISO-fix Compatible
  • Lane Assist
  • Reversing Camera
  • Seat Belt Reminders
  • Traction Control
  • Tyre Pressure Monitor
Extra Features
  • Android Auto / Apple Carplay
  • Automatic Boot
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Automatic Start/Stop Engine
  • Automatic Wipers
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Dual Zone Air Conditioning
  • Immobilizer
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Steering
  • Telescoping Steering Wheel
  • USB Port
  • Voice Control
  • Android Auto / Apple Carplay
  • Automatic Boot
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Automatic Start/Stop Engine
  • Automatic Wipers
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Built-In Navigation System
  • Dual Zone Air Conditioning
  • Immobilizer
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Steering
  • Telescoping Steering Wheel
  • USB Port
  • Voice Control
  • Android Auto / Apple Carplay
  • Automatic Boot
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Automatic Start/Stop Engine
  • Automatic Wipers
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Built-In Navigation System
  • Dual Zone Air Conditioning
  • Immobilizer
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Steering
  • Sunroof
  • Telescoping Steering Wheel
  • USB Port
  • Voice Control
  • Android Auto / Apple Carplay
  • Automatic Boot
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Automatic Start/Stop Engine
  • Automatic Wipers
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Dual Zone Air Conditioning
  • Immobilizer
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Steering
  • Telescoping Steering Wheel
  • USB Port
  • Voice Control
Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)1,500 kg1,500 kg1,500 kg1,500 kg1,500 kg1,500 kg1,500 kg1,500 kg1,500 kg1,800 kg1,800 kg1,800 kg1,800 kg1,800 kg1,500 kg
Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)750 kg750 kg750 kg750 kg750 kg750 kg750 kg750 kg750 kg750 kg750 kg750 kg750 kg750 kg750 kg
Manufacturer Warranty5 year(s)5 year(s)5 year(s)5 year(s)3 year(s)3 year(s)3 year(s)3 year(s)3 year(s)3 year(s)3 year(s)3 year(s)3 year(s)3 year(s)3 year(s)
Release dateSep 2018Sep 2018Sep 2018Sep 2018Mar 2008Feb 2013Feb 2013Feb 2013Feb 2013Feb 2013Feb 2013Feb 2013Feb 2013Feb 2013Feb 2013May 2014Aug 1997Jul 2002
Discontinuation dateDec 2012Aug 2018Aug 2018Aug 2018Aug 2018Aug 2018Aug 2018Aug 2018Aug 2018Aug 2018Aug 2018Dec 2014Jun 2002Feb 2008

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