Subaru were kind enough to lend the Afropolitan team a Forester S Edition for a recent trip up to Legends Golf and Safari Resort in Limpopo and we were able to put this Japanese SUV through its paces.


It has all the practicality of an urban utility vehicle and all the muscle and capabilities of a serious off-road monster. The gearbox is responsive and delivers a good amount of grunt. The 2.5 litre turbo-charged engine is screamingly fast and allows you to whip the Forester through the city streets like a sports hatch and down a dirt road like a rally car. It has 193 kilowatts of power and 347 Newton metres of torque which means that if you are in the right kind of mood you could redo your hairstyle simply by pushing down on the accelerator. The Boxer engine, which lies on its side, gives you great balance. The braking is sharp giving you maximum confidence regardless of the surface you are driving on and the suspension and all wheel drive provide you with the most comfortable ride on all terrains.

The Forester S Edition has all the internal creature comforts that you could ever want; it has an iPod adaptor, MP3 and CD player with seven premium performance speakers and climate control. It’s nearly a complete package and is a blast to drive.

Subaru were kind enough to lend the Afropolitan team a Forester S Edition for a recent trip up to Legends Golf and Safari Resort in Limpopo and we were able to put this Japanese

We were however disappointed in a couple of things: the paddle shift gearbox wasn’t a winner for us, even though the overall gearbox was and the fuel economy raised an eyebrow while lowering the bank balance, but besides that, the S Edition is a great buy. At R499 000 and with an exhaust that sounds that good, who wouldn’t want one?