Year 2020 will be remembered from something else than from the fact that Subaru Forester e-Boxer was launched in Europe. Challenging times we live but in this blog we will focus to something else than the virus thing. Although it would be a very tempting to present Forester as a true toilet paper hauler as it has so generous cargo capacity. But let’s not do that (at least for the time being) and let’s introduce few driving and usability tips of Forester.

Rear window defrost

Defrosting feature is useful of course during winters but there is other times too when it can be used. Personally I find park garages very irritating places when mirrors gets moisture and fog. This happens on rainy days when you drive to warm parking hall. Tip is to use defrost feature few minutes beforehand. In conjunction of this it is adviceable to blow air directly to the front window. This way you make sure that visibility is not jeopardized. Garages is the most obvious place where small accidents happens, so this is something that is good to remember.

Tail gate opening

One day I had hands full of stuff to carry. Luckily I managed to reach the key fob in my pocket. Forester does not have censor, which could notice your wave by leg to open tail gate, like some other brands might have. Instead of this e-Boxer’s tail gate can be opened and closed from the key fob by pressing dedicated button. This I would say is good enough system. It works when needed and does not open itself too.


Oh, on which side fuel cap was again? No problems. See the triangle on the gauge cluster next to fuel meter. Although I think triangle points on wrong direction on the e-Boxer?

Some other cars have also a dedicated lever, which you need to pull before you are able to open fuel cap. On Forester just press the hatch and it will open for you.

Rear camera washer

Euro spec e-Boxer Forester does have a rear camera washer. However pressure is quite low how it spreads water on the camera lens. Rear camera washer can be enabled by selecting gear to Reverse and then use rear window wiper.

Even the pressure is not that high, it is better than nothing and works in most situations. Below is few videos demonstrating how camera washer works.

rear camera washer demo

Auto high beam

Forester is equipped with the auto high and low beam. Ensure that your lights are set to “auto” and car will change to the high beams if required during night. If your lights are manually set on, then the auto feature does not engage. In this case you’ll need manually switch between high and low beams.

Forester is also equipped with “Steering Responsive Headlights”. It is possible to toggle SRH off (separate button for that on the left side of the steering wheel) but I strongly recommend to keep this feature on. It really helps on visibility and it is does not distract at all.

Your tips?

If you have noticed something that could be worth of mentioning here, please drop a comment. That way you help others to spot features that could be otherwise missed.

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