Subaru Forester 2022. Review, test and real prices in Russia

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What changed

The cosmetics for the Lesnik are light: the bumpers, radiator grille and front optics have been retouched. At the driver assistance system EyeSight The capabilities have expanded: Forester recognizes more objects, the monitoring area is wider, and it has learned to avoid obstacles. It’s great, but the snowfall, coupled with the snow-covered markings, made all the cameras helpless – and EyeSight still doesn’t have radars.

Forester’s devices are physical, no options. They read well.

Above the visor of the upper monitor is a panel with a “red eye” of the DMS system, which understands gestures and monitors the driver’s condition.

The interior remains the same.A screen with a diagonal of only eight inches on a car that costs about four million looks strange, although the picture itself is clear.

The snow/mud and deep snow modes are only activated up to 40 km/h.

Vehicle interior

The interior of the Forester-V crossover is somewhat conservative, but it does not seem archaic and is designed quite modernly.

Salon at night

Only the buttons for two-stage heated seats, located on the center console, look old-fashioned, and it seems that they migrated to this car from the nineties.

To characterize the interior of this car, you need to list its main distinctive features:

  • the instrument cluster is analogue, with traditional round wells for the tachometer and speedometer;
  • steering wheel – small, sporty, multifunctional and with leather trim already in the basic version;
  • the gearshift lever is ordinary, of normal size, it has not been affected by new trends in the form of a joystick or a key/button switch;
  • The material of the dashboard frame is soft rubberized plastic, pleasant to the touch; it is also present on the upper part of the door cards;
  • multimedia system – with an 8 ”display, regardless of the level of equipment, above it there is another small on-board computer screen;
  • the center console has a glossy surface, its sides are trimmed in leather, as is the front armrest cover;
  • steering column adjustment – mechanical for reach/tilt, with fairly large strokes, so any driver can sit comfortably behind the wheel;
  • climate control control – via three rotary knobs, does not look too modern, but very convenient;
  • the box under the armrest cover is quite roomy, it has a 12-volt outlet,
  • 12V power can also be obtained from the plug at the front, under the air conditioner, where in addition there is an AUX port and two USB connectors;
  • the glove box is of medium size, without a microlift, and the inside is lined with hard plastic;
  • sun visors – with closing lids, lighting and additional retractable sections;
  • There is an eyeglass case in the center front of the ceiling trim.

The interior of the Forester 5 is distinguished by a high seating position, which provides good visibility to the driver. The front seats can be called quite comfortable, but their lateral support is not very pronounced.

The second row of seats amazes with a large amount of space not only above the head, but also in the knees, which is even a little strange for the class of compact crossovers.

For rear passengers, air deflectors and two USB ports are provided; all seats are heated as standard.

The rear sofa is also equipped by default with a central armrest with two cup holders, the backrests in top versions can be adjusted in angle (two positions), and there are double pockets on the back of the front seats.

There is a central tunnel on the floor at the back, but it is not too high and wide.

Options and prices, body colors

The Forester model, updated in 2021, is available in Russia in five different trim levels (modifications), two of which are with a 2.0 engine, three with a 2.5 liter engine.

Each of the equipment options is assigned not only a name, but also an alphanumeric index.

These are the configurations with prices valid in December 2021:

  • Comfort (or 0i-L) – 2.909 million rubles;
  • Elegance ES (or 0i-L ES) – 3.2599 million rubles;
  • Elegance+ ES (or 5i-L ES) – 3.4699 million rubles;
  • Sport (or 5i-Spt ES) – 3.5099 million rubles;
  • Premium ES (or 5i-S ES) – 3.6099 million rubles.

The restyled Subaru Forester SK is available to Russian buyers in 10 body paint options, including 6 metallics and 4 pearlescent.

Metallic colors are available in silver, black, dark grey, green, grey-green and bronze, while pearlescent colors are available in white, blue, dark blue and dark red backgrounds.

Basic equipment (Comfort package)

Already in the basic version 2.0iL, the Japanese Forester crossover 2022 model year is equipped with LED taillights and high/low beam headlights, standard cruise control, and a start-stop system.

Of course, the list of equipment includes an immobilizer, Era-Glonass, ABS, brake force distributor EBD, emergency braking assistant BAS.

Also, by default, this car is equipped with the following options:

  • seven airbags (front, side, curtain, knee for the driver);
  • heating: side mirrors, front/rear seats, steering wheel, wiper blade area, side mirrors, rear window;
  • tire pressure monitor (TPMS);
  • rear view camera;
  • light/rain sensors;
  • dual-zone climate control;
  • electric driver’s seat (eight directions) with memory settings;
  • servo-driven trunk, while the rear door can be adjusted in height, and there is a memory function;
  • push-button engine start and keyless entry;
  • electric windows with automatic mode for front door windows;
  • multimedia with an 8-inch display, USB and AUX connectors, six speakers.

The car uses external electric mirrors with automatic folding; in addition, when reversing, the right mirror tilts itself, providing better visibility for the driver.

The steering wheel has leather trim, air ducts are provided for the 2nd row of seats, and the trunk is equipped with a retractable curtain.

Also already in the database there are systems: intelligent all-wheel drive SI-Drive, dynamic stabilization (VDC), emergency braking warning (ESS), “smart” torque distribution (ATV), which improves the car’s stability when cornering.

The Forester-5 crossover is equipped as standard with a small-size spare tire, headlight washers, and an electronic parking brake with a hill hold function (AVH).

Sun visors are equipped with illuminated mirrors, and there are center armrests for both the 1st and 2nd rows of seats.

In the Comfort package, the Forester is equipped with 225/60R17 wheels on alloy wheels, halogen fog lights and DRLs, and roof rails in Black.

The seat trim is a combination (fabric/leather), and a single-mode X-Mode system (Snow/Dirt settings) is used to assist off-road driving.

Elegance ES and Elegance+ ES trim levels

The next most charged configuration of the Elegance ES with a two-liter engine is equipped with LED running lights, the car is equipped with 225/55R18 wheels on 10-spoke alloy wheels.

Darker tinting of the rear windows is used, adaptive cruise control is installed, the seats are trimmed in leather, and there are aluminum pads on the pedals.

This version also adds options: a navigation system, dynamic cornering lights, automatic high beams, and air conditioning control using gestures.

All trim levels, except the basic one, use all-round cameras; there is also an EyeSight Safety Plus safety package, consisting of the following systems:

  • automatic emergency braking and maneuvering;
  • keeping in the road lane, including in the center;
  • detection of blind spots;
  • collision warning in cross traffic and when reversing;
  • giving a signal about the start of movement of the vehicle in front;
  • driver fatigue assessments;
  • assistance when changing lanes;
  • automatic accelerator control in case of emergency.

The Elegance+ ES 2.5 version differs from the Elegance 2.0 by a more powerful engine, and in this version there is an adjustment for the tilt of the backrests of the rear sofa.

Steering wheel paddle shifters have also been added here, with which you can more conveniently control gear shifting.

Subaru Forester Sport

The Subaru Forester in the 2.5i-Spt ES configuration is a car with a sporty “character”; in terms of equipment it is comparable to the Elegance, but primarily differs in exterior and interior elements:

  • roof rails and bumpers with orange inserts;
  • radiator grille with black surround;
  • Sport emblem and black trim on the tailgate;
  • the presence of light red stitching in the interior;
  • combined, but more durable than in the basic version, upholstery material for seats and door panels with a water-repellent effect;
  • special dashboard design.

In the sporty Forester package, LED lights are used to illuminate the trunk and rear door; the X-Mode electronic assistant for off-road driving is presented in a two-mode version (Snow/Dirt and DeepSnow/Mud settings are included).

Fog lights with six LEDs each are installed, alloy wheels are darker in color, and larger diameter brake discs are used on the front axle.

It should be noted that the Sport does not have aluminum pedal pads or a navigation system.

Premium ES package

The Forester 2.5iS ES modification is the most charged version; it differs from all others in its 5-spoke R18 wheels, as well as roof rails, bumper covers and fog lamp surrounds in silver.

In the premium configuration, the crossover receives a Harman Kardon multimedia system with eight speakers, a subwoofer and a separate power amplifier, and both front seats are equipped with electric drive.

The top-end trim also comes with a power sunroof.