Control leads to confidence, and stability creates an agility that excites in the 2015 Forester. Subaru vehicles are gifted at inspiring confidence behind the wheel, thanks to the inherently stable design of Symmetrical AWD paired with the uniquely balanced SUBARU BOXER engine. This system delivers power to all four wheels at all times for enhanced control on all roads and in poor conditions. It has excellent side-to-side balance and handling precision, thanks to its main components being aligned longitudinally, whilst its low centre of gravity creates an especially engaging and responsive drive. The unique advantages of Symmetrical AWD make for exceptionally rewarding handling and empower you to better avoid danger.


Few other SUVs drive with the level of confidence and responsiveness of the Forester, and the main reason for this lies beneath the surface - the SUBARU BOXER engine. Its horizontally opposed configuration places the pistons 180 degrees apart, for a lower, flatter profile than other engine types. This gives the engine, and therefore the overall vehicle, a lower centre of gravity and better sense of balance. Further, the piston's opposing movements inherently counteract each other, naturally helping to reduce vibration.


The Forester achieves inspiring levels of response and efficiency with Lineartronic. By keeping the engine running in its optimal rev range and preserving the momentum that’s often lost during a gear shift, this unique transmission dramatically maximises fuel efficiency. New shift controls keep the ride light, fluid and responsive, with a more direct feel of the SUBARU BOXER engine. The Lineartronic in 2.0D and 2.0XT also handles the higher-torque output with less mechanical noise for a smoother, quieter drive. The step-less and step- shifting links facilitate confident power delivery upon acceleration. Lineartronic is also longitudinally paired with an active torque split AWD system that responds to traction conditions by continuously controlling the torque distribution front to rear.

Paddle Shifters

Paddle shifters are mounted on the steering wheel for fingertip control, giving you the power to select the gear ratio of the Lineartronic CVT that best suits your driving situation. They also provide petrol models with a six-step manual mode and diesel models with a seven-speed manual mode for quick response on demand. The result is a sharper and sportier driving experience.

Cruise Control

Standard electronic cruise control allows the driver to maintain a preset speed on the open road. Located on the steering wheel, the controls are finished in a modern dark-metallic sheen.


Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) can adjust the responsiveness of its drivetrain to support your driving style, road conditions or any driving state at your immediate request. Quickly re-map the throttle response and automatic-transmission shifting behaviour to ensure that you always have the best performance for any circumstance.

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