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Subaru Forester S5

Subaru Forester S5 (2018-2022)

Also referred to as: Subaru Forester S5 2021 and Subaru Forester S5 2023. 2.5i-S, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i-L, 2.5i (See All)
3.7 from 36 reviews · View Statistics
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Reviews

  • Build Quality
    4.4 (22)
  • Value for Money
    4.1 (25)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.4 (22)
  • Noise Level
    3.8 (25)
  • Braking
    4.6 (24)
  • Acceleration / Power
    4.1 (24)
  • Gear Shifting
    4.5 (22)
  • Suspension
    4.5 (24)
  • Fuel Efficiency
    4.0 (24)
  • Handling
    4.4 (24)
  • Interior Design
    4.0 (24)
  • Boot Size
    4.5 (24)
  • Comfort
    4.4 (24)
  • Features
    4.3 (24)
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Michael F.
Michael F.Sydney, NSW
  • 3 reviews
  • 1 like

Has potential, but…

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Shabbir A.
Shabbir A.Sydney, NSW

No beep sound while lock and unlocking door

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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.

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Sudden Acceleration and Jerking

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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.

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Philip M.
Philip M.
  • 3 reviews

Capable and comfortable SUV for active families

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Purchased for $33,000.

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Very disappointed
Very disappointedNSW, 2540
  • 2 reviews
  • 5 likes

Defective Eyesight Cruise Control

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Chloe G
Chloe GPerth, WA
  • 2 reviews
  • 1 like

Defective Seatbelts!

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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.

Purchased in for $50,000.

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Hoang Le
Hoang LePerth, WA
  • 2 reviews
  • 2 likes

Functions are working but driving experience is bad

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Purchased in at Subaru Dealers for $40,000.

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Mark
MarkSydney, NSW
  • 2 reviews

Great car that exceeded my expectations.

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The Forester is used daily for work and pleasure. Work has required long trips and it has been the the most relaxing vehicle I have driven. The safety features are incredible and the open road driving is stress free. The performance and road handling is very good. Previous cars owned included the top European and Japanese brands and this is the best car I have owned. Annual service costs are low.

Purchased in at Suttons Rosebery for $35,807.

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SupaSam
SupaSamPerth, WA
  • 5 reviews
  • 2 likes

Two weeks in and very positive experience

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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.

Purchased in at Subaru Dealers.

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Deedub55
Deedub55South East Queensland, QLD
  • 8 reviews
  • 6 likes

My “Subi”

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Hi @Deedub55, please send us an email to feedback@subaru.com.au to look into this matter and investigate further. We're always here to help when needed and happy to learn more details.
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Lindsay W.
Lindsay W.Metropolitan Adelaide, SA
  • 2 reviews

Love the car

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Bought 1 year ago. Use it regularly as a lease car through salary packaging. Much more comfortable with heated seats as well. Good for 3 passengers but a bit small in the back for 3 across. Plenty of tech and enough power once run in. Only issue is tyre wear so keep an eye on the tread. Looking at buying another soon for my wife.

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testdriver
testdriverMetropolitan Adelaide, SA
  • 43 reviews
  • 48 likes

Very impressive

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Bought a 21 MY after having previously had a new Outback. I would say it is noisier than the Outback but very similar in other respects. Very happy with the car, its features, its comfort, value, performance etc. No concerns at all. Many, many safety features.

Purchased in at Eblen Subaru.

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Reasons
ReasonsAdelaide
  • 16 reviews
  • 21 likes

MY21 Subaru Forester 2.5i Sport AWD - An Excellent Small AWD SUV

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Purchased in at Jarvis Cars for $47,000.

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Andrew
AndrewSydney, NSW

Bit Disappointed

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Hi Andrew, thank you for taking the time in sharing your update. We encourage you to reach out to our customer relations team at feedback@subaru.com.au to advise accordingly.
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Squiggles
SquigglesCentral Queensland, QLD
  • 17 reviews
  • 8 likes

"IT'S A CHARASTERIC OF THE VEHICLE" - REALLY!!!

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Questions & Answers

Grime
Grimeasked
Forester S5 2.5i-S (2018-2022)

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?

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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.

KSC
KSCasked
Forester S5 2.5i Premium (2018-2022)

Can you set the vehicle to auto lock at a certain speed or when the vehicle is put into drive? Having to remember to lock the vehicle after all these years of your previous vehicle doing this is taking a lot of getting used to. I don't like the idea of driving around with someone being able to jump into my boot or doors whilst stopped at traffic lights etc if I happen to forget to lock the doors..

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Hi @ KSC, The Outback is currently our only model with automatic door locking. The Subaru Team.

Grime
Grime

Any truth in the rumour that Subaru Australia is enabling auto door locking again in new Forester for 2020?

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Bob B
Bob Basked
Forester S5 2.5i Premium (2018-2022)

Just upgraded from a Subaru liberty 2015 (entry model) to a 2020 Forester premium. Very happy with the vehicle in general, however the radio quality and coverage is not great. I find that I need to source new stations frequently when driving, 40-60 Km is about the range. The liberty had a good range and sound. The vehicle supplier could not assist me with this issue. Learning all the new features and instructions was a daunting task and the manuals were difficult to follow. The best source of learning was from American and Canada u tube sites. Pity the car did not come with simple video instruction, it would have saved a lot of time and stress. Love the ride and cabin comfort and low road noise.

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Bob B
Bob B

Sorry, I did contact the retailer about this issue and they could not provide me with an answer, this is why I contacted Subaru Australia.

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Hi @Bob B, We're sorry to hear that your Subaru retailer was unable to assist. Just to clarify, have you contacted our Customer Relations Team already? The Subaru Team.

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Subaru Forester S5 (2018-2022)

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CategoryMidsize / Medium SUVsMidsize / Medium SUVsMidsize / Medium SUVsMidsize / Medium SUVs
Starting Price $39,399.00$41,718.00$47,958.00$44,808.00
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
Wheels17" Alloy17" Alloy18" Alloy18" 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
Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)1,500 kg1,500 kg1,500 kg1,500 kg
Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)750 kg750 kg750 kg750 kg
Manufacturer Warranty5 year(s)5 year(s)5 year(s)5 year(s)
Dimensions
Ground Clearance220 mm220 mm220 mm220 mm
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