REVIEW: 2019 Subaru Forester in Malaysia – RM140k

Last month saw the launch of the fifth-generation Subaru Forester in Malaysia, but prior to that, we were given the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the SUV on a long distance drive from Penang to Bangkok, and we’re sharing our thoughts about it in this video review.

As a refresher, the latest Forester was first unveiled at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, and rides on the Subaru Global Platform (SGP) that also underpins the latest XV, Impreza and Ascent. While the overall shape remains familiar, the SUV does receive some changes to its design to give it more of a visual impact.

The new car is also 30 mm longer than before at 4,625 mm, with all of it going to the wheelbase that now spans 2,670 mm. Other dimensional changes include an increase in width that now measures 1,815 mm (+20 mm), and decrease in height of five mm to 1,730 mm.

Engine-wise, the Forester models we drove are Thailand-spec models, and all of them are powered by a FB20 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated direct-injection four-cylinder petrol engine, which serves up 156 PS at 6,000 rpm and 196 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, paired with a Lineartronic CVT and Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. This is the same setup we have in our market, and it should be noted that our units are fully-imported (CBU) from Thailand.

We’ll prepare a full written review later on but for now, do enjoy the video and share your thoughts about the new Forester in the comments below.

2019 Subaru Forester 2.0i-S ES (Malaysia-spec)

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • Tear Drops on Sep 20, 2019 at 10:51 am

    (Like) Forester and X70
    (Dislike) CX-5

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    • Azrol Faisal on Sep 20, 2019 at 6:42 pm

      After discounts, the Forester is more or less same price as China made Proton X70


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  • Vader on Sep 20, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Best family SUV hands down.

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  • Leonardo on Sep 20, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    The best in class offroad ride and handling.

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  • Unknown on Sep 20, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Ugliest of them all

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  • So ugly, no matter how good the spec is, sober people won’t buy. Unbelievably updated design.

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  • Wong Wing Chew WC3683V on Sep 22, 2019 at 1:46 am

    I hv a 2016 forester and giving me alot of nonsense by Subaru workshop-HQ my car can’t get started and happened for tis 2 months at least 5-6 times, parts keep on replacing and hv to pay for it, the parts do not serve to the breakdown, I demand for claim back bills and they just keep quiet, maybe they do not have expertise to handle this situation, advice to forester owners don’t simply accept the workshop to change parts,

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