SUBARU’S versatile Forester SUV has again been named “Best Family 4×4 of the Year” by Motors North magazine in its Highland Car of the Year awards.
The Forester has previously fared well in these awards, claiming the same accolade in 2014.
In 2013, off-roading specialist publication 4×4 Magazine also crowned the Forester as its “Midsize SUV of the Year”, beating a number of key rivals to the prize. The Forester went on sale in the UK in May 2013 and builds on the model’s reputation as a rugged, user friendly and go anywhere SUV.
Compared to its predecessor, the new Forester offers more efficient performance, even better safety features and a more spacious and better appointed cabin. Subaru’s most popular all-wheel drive model is also backed by a reputation for reliability as well as a comprehensive fiveyear, 100,000-mile warranty and rock-solid safety credentials.
Of the Subaru, Motors North said: “A firm Highland favourite and previous winner in the category, the Forester is growing more refined and desirable as time passes and offers excellent value for money in a spacious, comfortable package.” For 2015 the Forester also gets a mild makeover with further improvements to the appointments in the cabin and a new range of factory-fit sat nav and infotainment systems.It will also be available for the first time with Subaru’s advanced CVT Lineartronic transmission coupled with the Boxer diesel engine. Unusual in the segment but keeping true to its heritage, Subaru offers a petrol turbo Forester in the form of the XT Turbo and which has proved popular with Subaru buyers – equipped as it is with a 240ps 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection engine delivering super smooth pulling power both on and offroad.
The Forester range is also available with Subaru’s hallmark 2.0-litre petrol and diesel Boxer engines, and all versions of the car feature Subaru’s advanced All-Wheel Drive system as standard.