Style: July 01, 2019

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STYLE | motoring 93

road, monitor your tyre pressure and even do

the braking for you – in a few different ways.

Auto Vehicle Hold will make the manual drivers

envious as, by pressing slightly more firmly on

the brake pedal, AVH will then keep the vehicle

stationary until you tap the accelerator. There

are also mechanisms to automatically stop you

crashing into the unexpected (Pre-Collision

Braking) – including if it’s behind you (Reverse

Automatic Braking). It will also remind you to get

a move on if the vehicle in front has left its mark

(Lead Vehicle Start Alert).

So, it almost drives itself and when it isn’t doing

the work for you, has all the tools you need to

engage your own brain and drive yourself, but

what about that snow?

The snow gods had been kind and sent down

a special delivery of the white stuff. It was easy

driving, but there were pristine patches that

begged to be ripped up if only we knew what

lay beneath them. But there was one slightly

more daring way to leave the car park at Porters

Lodge and now was the time to do it. Over the

edge we went, like an elephant tiptoeing down

the stairs.

Our ascent stopped. The wheels spun. The

vehicle did little more than rock. But this was a

car that doesn’t get stuck.

Foot down, snow and mud flicking out in all

directions, X-Mode in ‘Deep Snow/Mud’, it was

only a matter of time before a bit of forward and

back turned into a satisfying crawl forward and

back onto firmer ground. Target met, it would

seem. And now, a doughnut in that untouched

clearing to celebrate…

SUBARU FORESTER PREMIUM AWD

LIKES:

The ease and speed to put

the car into the two X-Mode

settings – Snow/Dirt or Deep

Snow/Mud.

The electric sunroof for perfect

in-car makeup application

and mountain views.

Its 220mm ground clearance.

DISLIKES:

The ‘call-in-progress’ message

obscuring the digital speed

display.

Having to remember to look

ahead to be scanned for the

car to identify and activate

your profile.

The sound of the car when

revving high.

PERSONALISATION:

Driver Monitoring System will

recognise up to five set driver

profiles using facial recognition.

This will adjust interior settings,

including seat positions,

door mirror angles and air

conditioning preferences.

TECHNOLOGY:

Plug in to use Apple CarPlay

or Android Auto. Standard

Bluetooth hands-free calling.

VEHICLE SIZE:

length 4625mm;

width 1815mm;

height 1730mm

SAFETY RATING:

5 stars ANCAP

FUEL TANK CAPACITY:

63 litres

FUEL CONSUMPTION:

4.5 stars out of 6 (Right Car);

7.4l/100km

ENGINE:

2498cc

TRANSMISSION:

Horizontally-opposed Boxer

4-cylinder, petrol engine

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

136kW, 239Nm

0-100 km/h: 9.5 sec

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