Many years ago hearing about Forester, people were shocked to hear the quote because it exceeded more than 1 billion and a half too much for a normal car. But since moving to Thailand, Forester has been asked more and more by the people.
From the first look, in addition to the picture of the first part, the sports cars are multi-purpose because the lines of the sinewy design are strong, masculine, not mushy, soft as the “student” cars now. hours. The design is suitable for cold guys, not afraid of the storm.
The headlights still carry the signature Subaru shape with C-shaped daytime running lights, which is also a part of Subaru’s brand. Underneath is still the fog lamp located in the fake wind cavity like the previous life, but due to the switch to the LED bulb, it is more refined.
Although it is a crossover, the same design pattern in the design looks a bit low, but in fact, the chassis is about 200mm high, enough to not be afraid of any common roads at all, according to the statistics. Forester can wade well in half a meter flooded roads.
The body of the car is not much different, still the same style design except 17-inch wheels with new design. Unfortunately the car is only curbed, not 360 as many other cars in the same segment and price. In the previous life, I personally liked the taillight type, but in this life, I am afraid that the rear light cluster has not really satisfied with the strange design.
It is still a personal opinion, but for those “Subie” who already love, it is also beautiful. Part of the car also has electric trunk, so the gauze can be partially removed.
Inside is simple
Although moved back to Thailand, but from the opening, closing the car door, the sound is still firm and nothing is still the same feeling as when I was sitting Forester in Japan in the previous year. But Japanese cars are still Japanese cars no matter how many languages and design philosophy they still put practicality to the forefront so requiring beauty like Korean or European cars is impossible.
In return, the layout of the buttons, function buttons is in the form “big – clear – easy to press” and right at the first learning to use very easy, not tangled by a series of functions. Although equipped with an 8-inch screen, there is no Apple Carplay connection, but can only connect to the phone via Bluetooth, the screen also has a relatively accurate positioning map. If Subaru is more elaborate for entertainment software, it is better, in the process of using sometimes there are quick actions, but the insensitive touch makes the user somewhat impatient. In addition, the car is equipped with large size air vents, but the cooling capacity is not really impressive.
Ignoring these two factors, the car is equipped with AVH braking system, which means electronic handbrake and temporary braking. This system works more sensitive, when stopping at the red light, just press behind the brake pedal to keep the brake or stop the car, remove the seat belt, the car will automatically switch to the P number.
Drive well, but power goes down
If other car companies sell things that users can see immediately as luxurious furniture, attractive appearance, Subaru is not like that. Subaru only sells the things that drive you to feel the value it brings, it is the driving system of the car, driving anywhere to eat there, especially when at high speed, reversing the metal rear lane. A – B – A is very accurate and truthful, the car does not drive, throw the tail. By comparison, Subaru’s steering can be as accurate as the GLCs.
On the other hand, the Forester steering wheel is very comfortable to hold and the full set of buttons makes the driver happy, though the use of those functions is not much. Power steering depends entirely on the driver’s accelerator pedal, if the steering wheel light is gentle to the city, but when running fast, it will appear certain.
However, the CVT gearbox, eliminating the turbochargers makes the car somewhat out of breath when it needs power and instant traction from the speed range of 80 or more. Remember, the previous Forester had a capacity of more than 230 horsepower, this life only 156 horsepower, so it needs more time to meet the enough power to pass the car. That is also the biggest limitation of the car, temporarily can be overcome by switching to the “S” mode right on the steering wheel, this mode helps the throttle pedal more sensitive, throttle more responsive to the car. than when speed is needed. From the writer’s perspective, perhaps the default should be in “I” mode so that it can be enjoyed for a long time to switch to “S” mode.
In return, the Boxer engine, Global chassis are bargains on the car, it helps the car more stable, no sense of twisting, or floating when driving at high speed, as well as blocking a lot of things. noise from outside.
Not afraid of hard roads
Referring to Subaru, besides using vertical engines, S-Awd transmission also makes its name, even in the crossover segment, Forester is a car with a type of drive system of “genuine”. and a lot of people agree with this. Even when stepping sharply in the rain, the car did not have the situation of tossing the tail or losing control but on the contrary, it was calm and calm. Try a piece of mud at the construction site of District 2, the car is still not afraid at all, although the wheels sometimes turn smooth, but S-Awd combined with safety technologies helps the car return to the right trajectory of the vehicle. it. Not to mention the X-mode function is even better when in medium-sized off-road routes or supporting up and down steeply.
If looking for a crossover to ride horses to see flowers, office, walk the weekend, Forester is not a good choice. But if considering the right use as inter-provincial work, go to work, but also bad roads, mixed, Forester is always the first choice. Because a good car must be able to operate on multiple terrains but It still has to meet the comfort of driving on those terrain. Good cars like the Subaru Forester do not lack, but in that price range, they do not. Remember Forester is only for those who need the practical values that buyers cannot see with their eyes.