Why I chose a Forester
When I decided to sell my Renault Megane 1,9 Diesel Dynamique, it was a big decision to choose what my next car would be. I wanted something with a little more space, an SUV but also a proper 4×4. I’m lucky enough to have a girlfriend who works in travel, so it made sense to have something that can go anywhere! With this in mind I started looking around. My first stop was the Jeep Wrangler.
The Wrangler is an icon and I do love driving any Jeep, really. For my purposes, though, I really needed a vehicle with significant boot space and the Jeep was seriously lacking in this area. It also had quiet high fuel consumption, which for the amount of travelling I do is a big negative. It really was tempting, though – whenever I drive a Wrangler I feel like putting on Guns ‘n’ Roses and just keeping on driving…
I was very happy with my Renault so my next decision was to look at the Koleos, which by all accounts is an excellent SUV. However, unfortunately the new model range didn’t include a Diesel. I prefer Diesel as living in Johannesburg means doing a lot of mileage – especially if you’re me! Thus a Diesel car is a priority for me. Even though the Koleos was beautifully equipped, had plenty of space and consumption was very decent, I felt I needed to keep looking.
My next stop was my final stop, as I got chatting to Didier from Subaru SA. Firstly, we had a look at the XV, which is a really good looking SUV, but with minimal boot space – unless you fold down a seat, which is inconvenient. I then turned my attention to the Forester, and from the first time I drove the Diesel it was basically decided that this was the right choice.
Why is the Forester the right car for me? It has a brilliant Diesel motor that has low down grunt and even better, it’s a Boxer motor. Nothing beats a Subaru motor! It also has a lot of space and a wonderfully simple way of getting all the seats to fold down when you need more. This means that all my running about, collecting race tyres and race parts is made easy, and I can fit so much in that boot, it’s amazing. Even without putting the seats down, I can fit in two of the Mustang V8 Supercar tyres, which if you know the size of these tyres is seriously impressive! The actual driving experience is what really sold me on the Forester, though. The Subaru full time 4×4 system can’t be beaten, and when driving in the rain I’m always thankful to be in a Subaru. It always feels settled, no matter the conditions.
I’ve never had a vehicle that makes me want to go on road trips more than this one. It just lends itself to adventure. I love this purchase and I can tell you now that my next car will be a Subaru, too!