It has been very surprising for me that this blog has already some regular readers and very active participation on the comments section. Some of us have received their 2020 Subaru Forester e-Boxer already. So experiences starts to build up and we can share those through this blog. In this blog post I will share experiences what readers have of their new hybrid car. Real users, not any professional auto reviewers. So if you wish your e-Boxer to be featured in this page, you can contact directly through the contact page. Or make it simple and just comment down below. Provide information how the new car feels, e-Boxer fuel economy / mpg is interesting topic too, anything what comes to mind and could be useful to others.
Kees from the Netherlands has honor to be the first one to share experiences of his new car. And I must say that colour looks fantastic! So many great pictures of the first adventures with the brand new car.
“I have only driven 50 kilometers or so up to now, but already I can tell the e-boxer has enough power for me. It accelerates quite nicely. My previous car was a Mercedes E Class, so more powerful, but the Foz does what it needs to do, on top of which it can go places few other cars can 😉 It is noisier inside than my previous car, but I knew that in advance and it doesn’t bother me. I very much like the combination of the Sepia bronze and the brown leather interior – it’s very classy. Connecting the car to the phone via bluetooth was very easy. Using adaptive cruise control was easy and intuitive too. Going through the numerous settings will be quite a job, especially cos you have to go through 500+ pages of the manual to find out what there is, what you can personalise in the settings. I am happy with the Geolandars. Will be driving to the south of France next week, and it feels good to have tires that can deal with any environment.
So far, so good 😉
Road trip to France
Kees continues to update his experiences of the gorgeous new car. This time he had a road trip to France with his wife. He also wrote a mini review of the e-Boxer. I agree with him about the high revs. It sounds bit same experience as I had with MY2013 Forester in German, Saxen road trip. It helped a bit to keep car on the S mode during hill climbing sessions. But now back to Kees and his review of the e-Boxer.
So there were 92 kilometres on the clock and then the Foz took me and my wife from (close to) Amsterdam to the south of France and back again. 3500 kilometres later, we’re back and I thought you guys might like to hear how it went, car-wise of course.
On the downside: sometimes it takes a lot of revs to go uphill. Our trip included Grenoble and Chambery, and the mountains around those places, so uphill also means up-mountain. But still, the Forester does not inspire speeds over 130 km, and would be hard put to go any faster when going uphill. I touched 6000 revs several times. Put differently: going fast, and going uphill, are two areas in which the Foz does not shine. The whining sound is a warning and means, slow down, go back to 90 km per hour…. And at 9.4 litres/100km, not economical to drive.
On the upside: the above was the only real downside 😉
- The seats are great: I’m a tall guy, and in the previous cars (Mercedes, Volvo, Infiniti) both my back and my neck would start hurting after a few hours. Now, in the Foz, the 10-hour return trip in one go (with 4 petrol stops) was a joy!!
- The off-road capability is awesome. We went up and down muddy forest tracks, farm tracks and mountain tracks, through meadows and some puddles. It was all easypeasy for the Foz. Indeed, had we been in any other car but a Jeep/Landrover, one of our adventures might have seen us stuck and crying for a tractor.
- The turning circle is really small, which proved very helpful off-road on several occasions.
- The premium sound system is excellent.
What more to say? Lots of things, but I should have written them down and forgot. So, if you have any questions, perhaps I can answer them with my 3500 km behind me. I will end with four small tips though:
- With the S/I button in sports mode, the Foz actually pushes you back in your seat a bit when accelerating from zero. Well done Subaru 😉
- The mud protector mats were something I’d negotiated – thankfully, cos going off-road means getting dirty and these things were very useful indeed.
- Yesterday, I managed to get Auto Android to work (at least, enough for now). I advise you to do the same, or the I-phone alternative of course. Google Maps will be better than the Subaru navigator, which oddly sometimes indicates non-existent traffic jams and also sometimes suddenly starts to rethink the best route, meanwhile telling you that you should turn back, while you are heading in the right direction. Oh by the way, if you do use the Subaru system, have given your route and can’t widen the screen further than 200 metres, then touch the compass in the top-right corner (once or twice). Fixed 😉
- If you get into a foggy situation, turn on the fog light (easy; shows as a green fog light on your screen)). Once you’ve done that, you can turn on the rear fog light by giving the thicker band on the poke a turn in the forward direction. The band will come back automatically, but you will see a reddish fog light on your screen. Took me a while to figure that out…
This concludes my brief review. Perhaps the Adventurer will show a few of the photos I have sent him for atmosphere. Which reminds me: thanks Adventure Forester for the platform and the effort you put in!
Thank You Kees for the kind words! It’s my pleasure to maintain this web site. Best thanks for me is that this site engages the e-Boxer owners (or future owners) and together we are able to share hopefully some useful information to others.