Finally! 9 months waiting over

It was a super long time to wait this car. Longest wait ever I had when buying a new car. Wait is now finally over! Time to give the first impressions after driving first 500 km.

October 2019 I test drove the Chinese preproduction car. This one is of course a real production unit, meant for the European markets. Feature wise there is not that much difference. However very pleasant surprise was that powertrain felt more refined than on that test car I tested. I might be wrong but that is how I felt it on the road. Overtaking for example was very easy and it didn’t feel that engine is working too hard. Car is still not fast as said many times before. Still this was a very nice surprise that if there is a need to go faster, you can do it with this car.

Fuel economy

So the first trip with the car was little shy 500 km. Roads consisted almost only main roads / highways with speed limits 80 to 100 km/h. With a full tank car showed 550 km cruising range at the start. I guess car’s onboard computer needs to learn my driving style to estimate this more accurately. Trip meter showed 7.1 liters per 100 km fuel consumption. This converts to 33 US mpg and 39.8 UK mpg respectively. Let’s see how this evolves later on. Decent figures anyways for a big car.

Features

On one coffee pause I managed to register myself to Driver Monitoring System. Car now greets me when I enter into the car. Nice gimmick but gives a positive vibe anyways. During the driving I wondered how to change different status screens e.g. on the top display versus smaller display next to tachometer. Quickly I found meaning of different arrow buttons and info buttons. Also disabling lane assistance helped a lot. Maybe I try it later but now I wanted to drive car myself! Also adjusting distance to the car in front of you when using adaptive cruise control is essential. Easy once I figured out that there is 4 different distances you can set. All visible on the dash.

Driving

Not sure was it this Torque Vectoring or what but car was a really joy to drive on curvy road. Just need to test car on curvy gravel road and see how it goes there. Very promising indeed! On the straight new SGP platform shines too. Ride is soft but not too soft. There is a presence of firmness when required. Steering wheel is nice to touch and turning it feels logical.

Conclusion

I am very very happy that I waited this car and did not choose RAV4 over Forester e-Boxer. Specially now when I noticed that from performance wise car is better than I tested few months ago. Which was my top worry at the beginning when I was deciding which car to get.

1000 km update (25.1.)

I have owned car now little bit over a week. I think it is time to give some updates, do I still feel same than when I first drove car. I would say it is even better! There is very little negative things so far, if any. So far we haven’t had very severe weathers. One day was bit more windy and Forester was very confident and wind did not affect to it. Then one day was very slippery and I had a chance to test first time X-Mode. Multi function display showed me +9 degree hill. Road was tarmac but it was extremely icy. I stopped at middle of the hill and then accelerated carefully. Forester moved like there was no ice underneath. Now eagerly waiting a proper winter to be arrived. We are still without snow. Few months left winter time. There is still a chance to get some snow.

All seems to be very good by now. No “shopping hangover” in sight!

31 comments

  • Congrats mate and enjoy the Foz!
    You will notice that the tight turning cycle is great in practice, and switching to Sport mode is really good for initial acceleration. Also, the space in the back: I bought a 1.50 metre roof box and it was simply shovel into the back😊 Otherwise, I look forward to hearing what you appreciate most!
    Grtz
    Kees

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    • Tight turning radius is a really good feature to have. Not all cars have that. Forester seems to be leading there when comparing to competitors. I actually tried that feature today at the fuel station.

      More comments to come, check every now and then! πŸ™‚

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  • Yeeep!!! We are happy with you, we wish you lots of extraordinary adventures, safe mileage and fun with your new car. We are still waiting for ours…

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  • There is one bee in my bonnet – have you ever considered other Subaru model to buy? Outback for instance? Thus one fundamental question for all of you arising – why have you opted for Forester over Outback? What were your main grounds for such decision as the cars are alike in terms of size and utility?

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    • Good Question. For me, the Foz looks/feels more like a proper SUV, while the Outlander has more of an estate vibe. In practice their performance will be the same, but I wld always prefer the Forester (indeed, owned one years ago, the 2.5 turbo😊).

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  • Another interesting question: We have been discussing only the positive aspects but is there something you were surprised about Forester, in negative meaning, what you don’t like, what you see as a shortcoming of a car as such. Or what is generally wrong about the car? Thank you very much.

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  • The only negative that I wish were different is that if you drive in mountainous areas, going uphill is the Subaru’s weakness. It is slow and makes a lot of revs. Almost every other car overtakes you 😦 You can go faster, but then your revs go into the 6000 range, the engine whines and the fuel consumption soars. However: I live in the Netherlands, where it is flat πŸ™‚ And I will not even drive 1% in mountains, so it really is something I can live with.

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  • Hello all new owners of Forester e-boxer. Did you already updated the entertainment center & navi software? There is actually latest software update available, dated 17.12.2019. Can confirm that update went well, just have to be patient and wait it out.

    Rel_UA.19.42.70 EU
    Europe_2019.03_7179_28/12569/75686/19706
    Publication date: 2019-12-17 19:09

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  • Hello all new Forrester e-boxer owners. Did you updated already the entertainment center & navi software? Can confirm that update went well, just have to be patient to wait it out.

    Rel_UA.19.42.70 EU
    Europe_2019.03_7179_28/12569/75686/19706

    Publication date: 2019-12-17 19:09

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      • Shortly: go to link https://subaru-maps.com/#/auth/sign-in and download the app for win or mac and then software update + you need at least 16 GB USB stick, were to app will install the update. Once it ready, just plugin stick to your car and it will start automatically installation. Just car should be running and installation takes about 20 – 30 min. In some point it seemed for 10 min like stalled, however be patient to wait it out.

        Just lost saved radio station when was parking underground garage so dealer recommended to look for update as he had heard about this problem before. Just one way it was amazing, got new Forrester Summit from dealer in Estonia on 16.12.19 and update was announced next day.

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      • Ice Silver, actually same as Forester 2014 SE I owned before it. In that color it’s do’t look so dusty all the time. First impressions, quite good actually. Also, in September tested Chines version of e-boxer and this felt more like the old one. Probably something to do with Euro version updated suspension. Have tested off road, up and town from quite heavy hills, narrow muddy and very bumpy forest roads, sea coast etc. and it felt quite confident to drive. Have Michelin X-Ice North 4 winter tires – can recommend as one of the best to choose. Yeah, the rear get very very dirty, but this was also on previous version. The gas tank could be bigger. How much km you can drive from fill to fill?

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      • I have very little experiences so far as the car is rather new still. Soon first 1000km driven! I kind of expected car to be even bit more thirsty at speed. E.g today I had ~100km trip at highway and I got 7.1 liters per / 100km. Agree fuel tank capacity could be bigger! I was balancing between dark grey (for same reasons as yours) and black. Decided to go with black, even it’s pain to keep clean. Foresters loves dirt… so maybe it does not matter πŸ™‚

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    • I havent updated yet, and the foz hasnt notified me that update is necessary. But it does remind me of a second ‘negative’ about the Forester and that is the navigation: sometimes it suddenly starts to recalculate the route, even though I was going in the right direction, and then it points you the wrong way! And also it sometimes tells you there is a traffic jam coming, or even that you are IN a traffic jam – and there is NO traffic jam! I have taken a photo to prove that: you can see on the nav that i am supposedly in a traffic jam while the photo also shows a clear road πŸ˜‰ Anyway, thank god Subaru has Android and Apple for the car – that works superbly. P.S. I will check for those updates though, thanks for the tip.

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  • I didn’t find any change log, just time of installation in car on display it shows 1 to 9 point it will update. There is some videos in YouTube as well how to do it … but newer saw any sc. change log.

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