9Subaru Forester S5 2.5i-S
Part of Subaru Forester  4.0

Subaru Forester S5 2.5i-S (2018-2024)

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9Subaru Forester S5 2.5i-S
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18 reviews

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Build Quality
4.3
Value for Money
4.3
Cleaning & Maintenance
3.9
Noise Level
3.8
Braking
4.8
Acceleration / Power
4.4
Gear Shifting
4.2
Suspension
4.5
Fuel Efficiency
3.7
Handling
4.4
Interior Design
3.6
Boot Size
4.3
Comfort
4.5
Features
4.2

Reviews

18 reviews
Cameron
CameronSydney, NSW129 posts
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Bryce D
Bryce DPerth, WA
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Vinesh
Vinesh4 posts
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Poor service

My 2019 Subaru forrester has the engine light on. Still under warranty. Has to wait 3 weeks before a dealership could book it in. Then only to be told I have to wait another 2 weeks for parts to arrive and get it fixed. Why sell cars if you can’t honor the warranty and provide the service Show details
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Aman
AmanMetropolitan Adelaide, SA10 posts
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Perfect car

Purchased car in December 2021 when it had done only 27500km and have driven 20000 in one year.

Pros:

* Great interior and is very spacious
* Safety features work very well
* Very comfortable to drive. Have traveled from Adelaide to Melbourne with only 2 stops of 10 and 20 minutes of each.

Cons:

* Fuel economy is not great, although it’s good for what is is but can be improved. As it consumes almost same amount of fuel what other 4x4 prado or Isuzu does

* Service cost is high

Overall it’s a great car only reason I will be ever sell will be to upgrade to New Forester or To seven seater but it’s same that Subaru Australia DONT have any 7 seater in Australia Show details ·  1

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UpYours
UpYoursCanberra 2600, ACT152 posts
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Shabbir A.
Shabbir A.Sydney, NSW2 posts
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No beep sound while lock and unlocking door

Recent bought 2022 forester 2.5i-s and waiting for the delivery. Really disappointed while locking unlocking doors but no beeping sound. It just flashing a light at top of range model. I asked the dealership but they said already have factory fitted alarm on it and other dealer said $700 for alarm option. Who is right? Really confused. Show details
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Freeman
Freeman
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Sudden Acceleration and Jerking

Today is the fifth day that I got my new Forester 2.5i-S. Today when I was decelerating and near to stop, the car sudden accelerates itself, it makes me almost crash the car in front of me. Besides that, it also lurch and jerks very often during deceleration or slightly acceleration. I think it’s an engine or transmission programming issue, I’m not dare to drive it now, I have called the dealer’s service department and they replied that they have never heard this issue with my model before. I used to own other brands of cars but never experienced this before, it’s weird, especially for a new car. Totally disappointed and want to sell it immediately. Show details
Chloe G
Chloe GPerth, WA4 posts
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Defective Seatbelts!

The rear passenger seatbelt has never retracted properly from when we purchased the new vehicle 15 months ago. As a result the belt is often left in the door reveal and much damage has occurred when passengers have unknowingly shut the door on the seatbelt. Subaru continues to blame us for the damage. Moreover we have been driving around with what are essentially defective seatbelts! Finally they have agreed to replace the seatbelts but will not repair the damage done to the door reveal (they say this would be too costly to the environment!) I look forward to having some safe seatbelts in my car Subaru. The vehicle itself is great, but we are very disappointed in Subaru who pride themselves as selling safe vehicles. Show details
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SupaSam
SupaSamPerth, WA6 posts
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Two weeks in and very positive experience

Took a Forrester S5 2.5i-S for a test drive, Shannon from Gosnells Subaru was very helpful not pushy as some car people can be. Only had it for two weeks but I am really enjoying the fab features on the very impressed vehicle. We purchased the Black Vue cameras in the deal, camera was fitted at the dealership. It did slip out of place, took it back and they fixed it straight away. The seat warmers at this stage are my favourite thing. it sits beautifully on the road, handles the wet weather well. Show details ·  1
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Squiggles
SquigglesCentral Queensland, QLD37 posts
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Oldsalt
OldsaltMetropolitan Adelaide, SA41 posts
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Brendoon
BrendoonPerth, WA5 posts
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The extras make it

After driving for a month in both city and higher speed have found the Forrester very comfortable. All the extras on the S model make it easy when you get going, auto seat & mirror reset are great. Warning alarms though some may think annoying are just a reminder we are human and make mistakes or misjudgments.

Fuel consumption is good and though driving in the fuel efficient mode has still fast pick up when required. Engine shutdown when stopped saves an amazing amount of fuel. Startup is less than a second so no delays

Room through out is good as have been passenger in front & back ,only thing missing is phone charger but has many USB outlets

Previous car was current model XTrail and Subaru wins hands down. Show details ·  2

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wes_l
wes_lSydney, NSW8 posts
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Great family car

So far so good, though we've only had this car about 6 months, it's a fantastic vehicle to drive. No problems with driving in a bit of mud or snow either. Show details ·  1
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Ray
RayMetropolitan Adelaide, SA19 posts
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Dashboard rattle, dealer can’t fix

Dashboard is rattling crazily since new and already been to dealer 3 times. They can’t fix it.
When the weather is cold, it make one noise. When it is hot, it make another rattling noise!
Small rock got inside the driver side door panel every time I travel on gravel road!
The dealer removed the rocks but never fix it so rocks still get inside every time!
Passenger seat squeak!
Driver side mirror rattle!

The car drive smooth but all the crackling and rattling noise is driving me crazy!
Build quality on this car is equivalent to something you order from Wish website.
Happy to trade in my 8 months old car now at a lost!
Ohhh it will constantly beeping at you for no reason! Show details

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Hi @ Ray, We're sorry to hear of your experience with your Subaru. Our Customer Relations Team is available on 1800 226 643 or feedback@subaru.com.au if you would like to discuss further. The Subaru Team.

Jeanette
JeanetteGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC7 posts
  Forester S5 2.5i-S

Very comfortable fabulous safety features,

Easy to get in and out of, very comfortable, great colour range, best of all the excellent safety features. Easy to read large infotainment screen. plenty of leg room in the back. Excellent visibility. Love it Show details ·  1

Questions & Answers

Brett S.
Brett S. · Forester S5 2.5i-S (2018-2024)

Hi ,looking to purchase an ex-demo model ,what issues do I need to know about , what price would I expect to pay? Thanks for any feedback

Louise R.
Louise R.  

No issues at all. Its a great car. Depending on where you live would determinethe price, I would expect to pay $45,000Aud

Brett S.
Brett S.  

Thankyou,I forgot to mention it is 50 yr edition

Bob H.
Bob H. · Forester S5 2.5i-S (2018-2024)

Can I change the voice on the Navi system

Subaru Australia
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Bob, we would love to help you find out. You may contact our Customer Relations team on 1800 22 66 43 so we can better assist you. Warm Regards, The Subaru Team

Grime
Grime · Forester S5 2.5i-S (2018-2024)

I have heard that the latest release coming in last quarter2020 is increasing the tow bar load to 1800kg, has auto door locking and front corner parking assist as standard on the S version.Is this true,should I wait for this release as we like to tow a van and the 1500kg is a bit light on?

Subaru Australia
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Hi @ Grime, There is the possibility that there will be changes to the Forester but we do not have any confirmed specs as of yet. Please keep an eye on our website for any new vehicle announcements. The Subaru Team.

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CategoryMidsize / Medium SUVsMidsize / Medium SUVsMidsize / Medium SUVsMidsize / Medium SUVs
Starting Price $51,441$48,026$45,130$42,658
Warranty Distance 150,000 kms150,000 kms150,000 kms150,000 kms
TransmissionContinuously Variable (CVT)Continuously Variable (CVT)Continuously Variable (CVT)Continuously Variable (CVT)
Drive TypeAll Wheel Drive (AWD)All Wheel Drive (AWD)All Wheel Drive (AWD)All Wheel Drive (AWD)
Fuel TypePetrolPetrolPetrolPetrol
Wheels18" Alloy18" Alloy17" Alloy17" Alloy
ANCAP Safety Rating5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Fuel Consumption7.4 L/100km7.4 L/100km7.4 L/100km7.4 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 63 L63 L63 L63 L
Engine4 Cylinder 2.5L4 Cylinder 2.5L4 Cylinder 2.5L4 Cylinder 2.5L
Max Power136kW @ 5800rpm136kW @ 5800rpm136kW @ 5800rpm136kW @ 5800rpm
Max Torque239Nm @ 4400rpm239Nm @ 4400rpm239Nm @ 4400rpm239Nm @ 4400rpm
Country of ManufactureJapanJapanJapanJapan
Phone ConnectivityAndroid Auto (Wired), Apple CarPlay (Wired), Bluetooth and USBAndroid Auto (Wired), Apple CarPlay (Wired), Bluetooth and USBAndroid Auto (Wired), Apple CarPlay (Wired), Bluetooth and USBAndroid Auto (Wired), Apple CarPlay (Wired), Bluetooth and USB
Wireless ChargerNoNoNoNo
Security FeaturesImmobilizerImmobilizerImmobilizerImmobilizer
RoofSunroof
Companion App YesYesYesYes
Steering Wheel AdjustmentTelescoping (Manual)Telescoping (Manual)Telescoping (Manual)Telescoping (Manual)
Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)1,800 kg1,800 kg1,800 kg1,800 kg
Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)750 kg750 kg750 kg750 kg
Manufacturer Warranty5 year(s)5 year(s)5 year(s)5 year(s)
Keyless Features
Keyless Locking/UnlockingNoNoNoNo
BootAutomatic Close and Automatic OpenAutomatic Close and Automatic OpenAutomatic Close and Automatic OpenAutomatic Close and Automatic Open
Safety Features
CamerasBlindspot and RearBlindspot and RearBlindspot and RearBlindspot and Rear
Cruise ControlAdaptive (ACC)Adaptive (ACC)Adaptive (ACC)Adaptive (ACC)
Parking SensorsFrontFrontFrontFront
Hazard PerceptionBlind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Forward Collision WarningBlind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Forward Collision WarningBlind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Forward Collision WarningBlind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Forward Collision Warning
Lane AssistanceEmergency Lane Keeping (ELK), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Keep Assist (LKA)Emergency Lane Keeping (ELK), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Keep Assist (LKA)Emergency Lane Keeping (ELK), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Keep Assist (LKA)Emergency Lane Keeping (ELK), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Keep Assist (LKA)
Dimensions
Ground Clearance220 mm220 mm220 mm220 mm
Driver Information
GaugesAnalogue and DigitalAnalogue and DigitalAnalogue and DigitalAnalogue and Digital
Built-In Navigation SystemYesYesYesYes
Heads Up DisplayNoNoNoNo
Voice ControlYesYesYesYes
Digital Radio (DAB+)YesYesYesYes
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