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.

Front Suspension

A firmer front suspension gives the Forester a positive balance between ride comfort and handling over a variety of surfaces. For DIT models, the front suspension is further stiffened with higher spring rates to enhance roll control and improve response. The new friction-control oil seals, guide bushings and hydraulic fluid on the struts also work together to smoothen out minor vibrations during initial acceleration.

Rear Suspension

For the first time, high-response valves for the rear shock absorber have been adopted to maximise stability and provide increased responsiveness. And for the DIT model, a rear support sub-frame has been added for a more rigid base to mount the rear suspension. Working together they make the rear of the Forester feel more controlled and the steering more responsive.

  • Increased Stability

    Because the engine block has a flatter profile and sits lower in the chassis, the overall vehicle is more stably balanced and resistant to side-to-side motion than other designs.

  • Long-lasting Performance

    The engine’s flat design is inherently rigid and self-balancing, generating less vibration than “V-type” or “in-line” engines for more durability and more reliable performance.

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 inherent rigidity, smoothness and quiet operation of the SUBARU BOXER engine makes it the ideal configuration for the SUBARU BOXER DIESEL. Significant improvements have increased fuel economy and take this engine to a higher level of performance and efficiency.

    MAX OUTPUT: 108 kW (148 PS) / 3,600 rpm
    MAX TORQUE: 350 Nm (35.7 kgfm) / 1,600-2,400 rpm
    6.1 lit./100 km (Lineartronic), 6.3 lit./100 km (Lineartronic)
    5.7 lit./100 km (6MT), 5.9 lit./100 km (6MT)
    CO₂ EMISSIONS (*1):
    158 g/km (Lineartronic), 163 g/km (Lineartronic)
    148 g/km (6MT), 152 g/km (6MT)


    The newly developed 2.0-litre direct injection turbo (DIT) engine provides a dynamic driving experience without compromise. Enjoy the power come through the Lineartronic CVT-designed with efficiency and environmental performance that surpasses what you previously thought possible from an SUV.

    MAX OUTPUT: 177 kW (241 PS) / 5,600 rpm
    MAX TORQUE: 350 Nm (35.7 kgfm) / 2,400-3,600 rpm
    FUEL CONSUMPTION (*1): 8.5 lit./100 km
    CO₂ EMISSIONS (*1): 197 g/km


    The 2.5-litre DOHC engine has been designed to provide a more responsive feeling, especially at lower engine speeds, whilst allowing the vehicle to travel farther on the same amount of fuel. This increases its practicality and overall driving enjoyment wherever you may go.

    126 kW (171 PS) / 5,800 rpm
    235 Nm (24.0 kgfm) / 4,100 rpm
    8.2 lit./100 km
    CO₂ EMISSIONS (*2):
    190 g/km


    Naturally smooth and strong, the 2.0-litre DOHC engine delivers more low to mid-range torque, whilst maintaining high fuel efficiency. This smart design makes it more responsive around town, more satisfying on the highway, and cleaner running on virtually any road.

    MAX OUTPUT: 110 kW (150 PS) / 6,200 rpm
    MAX TORQUE: 198 Nm (20.2 kgfm) / 4,200 rpm
    6.5 lit./100 km (Lineartronic), 6.9 lit./100 km (6MT)
    CO₂ EMISSIONS (*1): 150 g/km (Lineartronic),
    160g/km (6MT)

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.
  • Sport Sharp Mode (*3)

    With the focus on response, Sport Sharp mode drives the engine to its maximum potential. In this mode, the engine responds directly to the accelerator for a more powerful delivery when accelerating. Use the paddle shifters in Sport Sharp mode and you take more control of engine performance with eight gear ratios - like an 8-speed transmission - for truly spirited driving.

  • Sport Mode

    Sport mode delivers smooth engine performance at any driving speed. You’ll immediately feel a linear response that brings to life the refined, torque-rich response.

  • Intelligent Mode

    SI-DRIVE activates Intelligent mode for immediate driving response and environmental responsibility. Throttle mapping balances smoothness and efficiency for an enhanced level of control.

*1 Fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions: According to EC715/2007 - EC136/2014W.
*2 Fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions: According to ECE R101-01.
*3 3-mode SI-DRIVE (Sport Sharp mode, Sport Mode and Intelligent mode) is available only on 2.0XT. Other models are available with 2-mode SI-DRIVE (Sport mode and Intelligent mode).