[ĐÁNH GIÁ XE] Experience Subaru Forester on a 500 km journey

[ĐÁNH GIÁ XE] Experience Subaru Forester on a 500 km journey

The most significant feature of EyeSight is the ability to support automatic braking when there are obstacles (Pre-Collision Braking). This feature works best if the relative speed between two vehicles is below 50 km / h and between vehicles and pedestrians below 35 km / h. Above the speed limit, the system still works as hard as possible to reduce the impact of collision but will not be able to completely prevent a collision.

Pre-Collision Braking works with 3 levels. Level 1 is Warning: When a target in front of the vehicle is determined to be dangerous, it will be displayed on the screen behind the steering wheel, while short beep sounds to alert the driver.

Level 2: Brake assist for the first time: When the target is determined to be dangerous and there is a high risk of collision, the computer will activate the first brake with moderate force, and still give a warning in the following screen. steering wheel and audible alerts. If the driver kicks heavily on the brake pedal and steers the steering too much, the computer will understand that the driver is in control of the situation and will turn off the brake assist feature.

Level 3: Support the second brake: When the risk of collision is very clear and urgent, the computer will use the maximum braking force to prevent or limit the collision, accompanied by a continuous beep. When the driver has strong pedal action or sharp throttle, the system will determine that the driver is in control and have dodged action and the automatic brake will not be activated so that the driver is fully active. control the car.

So, the bottom line is: EyeSight will always give priority to the driver to take the initiative in situations and only intervene in the last moments. EyeSight is a collision mitigation system, not a miracle. Drivers still need to focus on driving, avoiding dependence on EyeSight. Conditions that may interfere with EyeSight’s accuracy: heavy rain or heavy fog, night-ahead vehicles without turning on lights, subject to sudden overtaking, etc. Special attention should be paid to the camera EyeSight’s hologram is very sensitive so absolutely do not clean the camera, do not place, paste obstacles on the top of the dashboard and steering glass and replace the steering glass when broken or cracked so that the camera works correctly.

Practical experience

Our journey started with a road that I … was afraid to drive: Highway 5 from Nguyen Van Cu – Le Van Linh crossroads to the road leading to Thanh Tri bridge. This is a very dense section of traffic, many bulky cargo trucks and cars under 9 seats are only allowed to run in the leftmost lane. The convoy experienced starting at the right time to go to work, so the traffic situation was more serious.

This is the right space for Subaru’s Adaptive Cruise Control feature of Subaru’s EyeSight technology package to take effect. Set the speed of 50 km / h, choose the distance to the car before 25 meters, the traffic now becomes more comfortable than ever! Each time the key is increased or decelerated, the car will change its speed in steps of 5 km / h, as well as change the distance “trailing” the car in front of each step 5 meters. Combined with blind spot and lane departure warning, driving the Forester in the middle of a busy road is leisurely. Every time the front car changes speed, the Forester also changes in a smoother, less rigorous way than the same system on the Volvo. Besides, whenever you need to pedal yourself, you will find Forester’s accelerator and Boxer engine response is very sensitive and accurate.

Going to Thang Long Boulevard, both I and the Subaru have the opportunity to “stretch our legs”. Stepping on the throttle, the Boxer 2.0L engine reacted instantly to the command from my right foot. But – it’s not enough traction to make the acceleration process exciting. Yes, the 156 hp, 198 Nm Boxer engine block cannot give as strong traction as the 1.5-liter turbocharged Honda CR-V but in return it is smoother and less vibrating in the high speed range. Subaru’s CVT gearbox also works smoothly, almost without the rubber phenomenon when accelerating the paddy and the virtual gear also feels convincing. Overall, the experience on the freeway with Forester is also quite impressive, you just need to calculate a little carefully when you need to pass the car and take advantage of 2 gearshift paddles on the steering wheel.

After stopping for a lunch break, the team experienced us continuing with the most interesting driving route in the journey. It is a section of National Highway 13 from Tong Dau T-junction to Deo Da Pass. It is a combination of a few picturesque road sections and many of the sections only have broken asphalt, inert blue stone due to floods, dirt and dirt roads and the road sections are under construction. Honestly, we rarely drive on such bad terrain but when necessary, Forester is ready to accompany you anywhere with a solid chassis and intelligent 4-wheel drive system. The ground clearance of the car up to 220 mm also makes you eliminate the worry of roaring.

Any car with a relatively high undercarriage will be able to crawl through such bad roads. What makes the difference is where the vehicle is limited and how fast you dare to go. Leading the experience team was a familiar racer of Racing AKA team so our reporters had to run fast enough if they did not want to fall behind.

Forester’s 4-wheel drive system is not only useful when off-road, but it also gives you confidence when cornering at high speeds. In fact, not many people go on the road and cornering at a speed that can make it difficult for Subaru Forester because with the torque distributed evenly on all four wheels, the limit of traction force of Forester is very high. You can confidently hug the crab without worrying about skating like the previous CUV models! The low-center Boxer engine block also makes the car very good cornering, balanced and less horizontal oscillation. Really, you have to try to drive the Subaru Forester in an “aggressive” style to believe that a CUV from Japan is that good to drive!


I was the only reporter who drove 350 km continuously in the first day of the experience, not changing after every stop. After such a long journey, the biggest impression I have with Subaru Forester is not its ability to “eat crabs” but to be comfortable for both the driver and the passengers on the vehicle. Driving continuously for nearly 10 hours, but because of the comfortable seating position, wide visibility and smooth car, I still have enough alertness and physical strength to attend the gala dinner in Ninh Binh as well as to the office for an additional 2 hours .

Besides, the 3 passengers in the car can sleep well even though I am engrossed in finding the best trajectory through every turn of the sleeve. When they were bored, they … took the laptop to work without being car sick. Really, I couldn’t find a 5-seat CUV in the price of 1 billion that could serve both the driver and the passenger on the car like Subaru Forester.

Vi Phạm (Tuoitrethudo)


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