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Subaru Forester 2.0d Premium (2010)

by John Ewing,reviewed December 2010

Joining the new Outback diesel, Subaru’s popular Forester now goes down into the woods courtesy of turbo-diesel power.
Unlike its petrol sibling that offers an optional auto, it’s a six-speed manual only.

Our limited off-road testing suggests a little of the edge has gone off its off-road skill as there’s no dual range reduction as featured on petrol manual models. But the boxer diesel uses less fuel and produces less CO2, while still performing respectably around town and on the open road.

Supple ride, secure all-wheel-drive handling, plus a practical cabin and load area makes the diesel Forester a pretty handy device for touring and accessing some of those more out of the way destinations.
Subaru Forester 2.0d Premium 2010


Economy, ride, handling


No auto option, no dual range reduction

Key features

Climate control, Datadot, 17” alloys (5), leather trim, sunroof, xenon low-beam headlamps, 8-way power driver’s seat, 6-dsic CD, cruise control, self-levelling rear suspension, rear privacy glass


ABS, EBD, EBA, ESC, TC, 6 airbags including curtain, front seatbelt pre-tensioners and load limiters, hill start assist

Car Details

Vehicle make Subaru
Vehicle model Forester 2.0d
Vehicle type SUV Under $40,000
Year 2010
Price when new $39,990 MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars

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Engine 2.0-litre turbo, common-rail boxer diesel, 4-cyl

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.