Best Diesel SUV

When it comes down to buying a car, there is lots of research to be done. We don’t want to settle down with just another car. We want the best one. Now, the problem is which the best car is. In this post, we will let you know about the best diesel SUV of 2014. So, there is no need to spend hours on doing internet research and wander in market, looking for the best car.

Every list for best diesel SUV is incomplete without Subaru Forester 2.5i. It is trendsetter and will always be on the top. Subaru is back with fourth generation, a car that brings bolder styling, a much-needed interior revamp and unmatched power.The Subaru Forester has won the Best Recreational vehicle category award and went on to repeat that victory in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2006. Even when the SUV segment is the most popular segment and competition is increasing at a faster rate but still the Forester won again in 2009.


Why Subaru Forester 2.5i is the best diesel SUV of 2016?


Forester comes with a choice of four engines. The starting-level Forester costs $30,990 and gets a 2.0-litre engine. The automatic version costs another $2000 but offers a 2.5-litre engine. This model comes with Bluetooth, cruise control, automatic air conditioning, reversing camera, seven airbags and a full-size spare wheel.

The next version comes with 2.5i-L engine and there are front foglights, a leather steering wheel, alloy wheels, tinted windows and a sliding center console. There are many other features available in different versions. Sunroof, auto tailgate, electric driver’s seat, heated front seats, auto wipers, satellite navigation, smart key and 18-inch alloy wheels are among those features. By adding $1500, you can get Subaru’s Eyesight System which uses stereo cameras to keep an eye on the road so that it can auto-brake the car to avoid a crash. It also warns when the vehicle strays into different lane and lock its speed to the car in front.

What’s inside the car?

The Forester always comes with a clever design and fourth generation models are no different. The interior of the car are inspired from the smaller Impreza and it offers elegant textured plastics around the plain-Jane radio. Sitting inside this car gives a commanding view as front seats are way more comfortable. The Forester is the tallest compact SUV.

The rear headroom is offers a better knee room and even four big people can sit comfortably in it. The luggage area has a high floor all because of the spare tyre beneath it. A retractable luggage cover is handy and the easy-flip rear seats and retractable luggage covers are awesome.

What’s under the bonnet?

The engine is tech savvy and offers respectable performance. The auto stop-start is very well designed and is way less intrusive than others.

The Forester has got the engine which provides 126kW of power and 235Nm torque which works well with continuously variable transmission. The solid mid-rev response is brilliant and provides enough to shift the wagon body in a great manner.

The makers claims 8.1 litres per 100 kilometres which is not disappointing.


Five stars. Subaru is like the second name for safety in cars and they won’t sell a car here unless it scores five stars in crash tests. Seven airbags are there in it which makes it safer and reliable.

The Real Test on the road

All SUVs suffer from stiffening their suspension set-ups to bring better control and same goes with the Forester. But as the speed increases, it drives smoothly and provides impressive body control. For driving around the town, light steering is just the perfect one and the road noise is almost not notable even when the road surface is rough. For off road driving, it offers decent ground clearance of 220 millimeters. There is an X-Mode system which operates at lower speeds and tailors the traction control to control speed on slippery slopes.


  • Good Comfortable ride with excellent interiors.
  • Decent off-road ability and good pricing


  • Nothing Special in the wheels.
  • Thirsty when pushed harder


 Subaru Forester 2.5i

2.5 litre, 4 cyl, CVT, AWD
$36,805 (Indicative Drive Away)
8.1 L/100km; fuel type – ULP
Country of Origin: Japan

Final Verdict:

Great cars never stray away from the podium and Subaru’s Forester is a perfect example of it. The Forester is among the best SUVs for the Aussie motorists. The Forester hasn’t reset the benchmarks and has not got supreme engine. But still it the top SUV all because of a spacious design, well-thought-out interior, great driving dynamics and keen pricing.

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