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2015 Subaru Forester gets $3500 price cut

2015 Subaru Forester which sees the introduction of diesel CVT variants gets a $3500 price cut on some models.

THE 2015 SUBARU Forester will be up to $3500 cheaper than its predecessor, with the revised range now kicking off with the formerly mid-spec Forester 2.0i-L, which is priced from $29,990 (+ORC), a saving of $2500 over the superseded model. The Subaru Forester 2.0D-S manual is now $3500 cheaper at $39,490 (+ORC).

Subaru has also, with its 2015 Forester line-up announced its diesel-powered models would be available for the first time with a Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission. With the Forester 2.0D-L (CVT) selling $35,490 (+ORC) and the 2.0D-S $41,490 (+ORC).

2015 Subaru Forester pricing

Forester 2.0i-L manual $29,990+ORC (-$2500)

Forester 2.5i-L auto $32,990+ORC (-$2000)

Forester 2.5i-S auto $39,490+ORC (-$3500)

Forester 2.0D-L manual $33,490+ORC (-$3000)

Forester 2.0D-L auto $35,490+ORC

Forester 2.0D-S manual $39,490+ORC (-$3500)

Forester 2.0D-S auto $42,490+ORC

Forester 2.0XT auto $40,990+ORC (-$1500)

Forester 2.0XT Premium auto $47,990+ORC (-$1500)

Engine and gearbox refinements add to the diesel variants efficiency and every Forester is now compliant with the strict EURO6 emission standard. Beyond that the new Forester gets a new infotainment systems which gets wide array of functions, including speech recognition, while a revised interior design, includes new-look heater controls. 

Subaru Australia Managing Director, Nick Senior, said: “The addition of the CVT to the Forester diesel is a huge boost to the range.

“We know through our dealer network that there is significant pent-up demand for Forester auto diesels, not least in regional and rural areas, where the benefits of fuel efficiency in long-range driving really come to the fore.

“Factor in the major infotainment changes and cabin refinements across the range and you have a formidable Forester package underpinned by the renowned Subaru traits of symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, five-star occupant safety, durability, rock-solid engineering and great retained value.

2015 Subaru Forester models at a glance



  • ABS anti-lock brakes with four-wheel discs (ventilated front, solid rear), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist 
  • Child seat anchor points x 3
  • Curtain airbags – full length (front and rear)
  • Driver’s knee airbag
  • Dual front airbags
  • Dual side airbags 
  • Fog lamp integrated daytime running lights
  • Front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters 
  • Front adjustable seatbelt anchorages
  • Height adjustable seatbelt anchors
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorages (two rear seats) 
  • Rear door child lock
  • Reversing camera
  • Safety pedals – shock absorbing brake and clutch pedals
  • Seatbelt indicator lights – all seats
  • Side intrusion bars
  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
  • Three-point A/ELR rear centre seatbelt
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control 


  • 7-inch touchscreen entertainment with Pandora compatibility – steering wheel controls
  • Auto Stop Start
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Bottle holders in each door + two cup holders in centre consoles 
  • Cargo area light
  • Cargo hooks (four)
  • Cargo security blind
  • Central locking – remote
  • Chrome-type inner door handles
  • Cruise control – steering wheel buttons
  • Driver’s footrest
  • Dual zone climate control air conditioning
  • Front puddle lamps
  • Height and reach adjustable steering column 
  • Height adjustable driver’s seat
  • Immobiliser security system
  • Leather steering wheel and gearshift
  • Luggage hooks (four)
  • Luminescent gauges
  • Map lights (2)
  • Multi-Function Display 
  • Overhead console
  • Power steering, mirrors and windows
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Rear seat centre armrest
  • Rear seat recline
  • Remote fuel lid release – tethered fuel cap
  • Seatback pockets 
  • Security blind
  • Steering wheel audio, phone, cruise and MFD controls 
  • Two remote central locking keys
  • USB connection x 2
  • Vanity mirror
  • 60/40 split/fold rear seat 
  • 12V/120W power jacks (three)


  • 17-inch alloy wheels – full size alloy spare
  • Chrome-highlight grille
  • Colour-coded door mirrors with indicators
  • Rear roof mounted sharkfin radio antenna
  • Rear spoiler
  • Rear wiper
  • Roof rails


  • Auto hatch unlock on key
  • DataDot security technology
  • Electronic Throttle Control (ETC)
  • EURO 6 emissions
  • Manual six-speed gearbox
  • SI-Drive (two-mode)
  • Three-year unlimited kilometre warranty 
  • 2.0 litre DOHC horizontally opposed Boxer engine produces 110 Kilowatts of power at 6200 rpm and 198 Newtonmetres of torque at 4200 rpm.


  • Automatic transmission lock-out – need foot on brake, key in ignition “on” position, to release lever
  • Paddleshift Lineartronic™ Constantly Variable Transmission (CVT)
  • Sliding centre console
  • X-Mode
  • 2.5 litre DOHC horizontally opposed boxer engine. 126 kW/5800 rpm, 235 Nm/4100 rpm


  • Automatic cargo door 
  • Eight-way adjustable power driver’s and front passenger seat  
  • Electric sunroof
  • EyeSight® driver assist with adaptive cruise control  
  • Front wiper de-icer
  • Heated fronts seats and door mirrors
  • Xenon low-beam dusk-sensing headlights with pop-up washers
  • Leather trim, including steering wheel and gearshift 
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Satellite navigation – factory-fitted
  • Smart key and push button start
  • 18-inch alloy wheels 

FORESTER 2.0 XT ADDS (does not include EyeSight or Auto Stop Start):

  • Engine cover
  • Three-mode SI-Drive
  • Sports pedals
  • Unique front bumper profile
  • 2.0 litre direct injection turbocharged horizontally opposed Boxer engine produces 177 Kilowatts of power at 5600 rpm and 350 Newtonmetres of torque at 2400-3600 rpm


  • Automatic cargo door 
  • Automatic dusk sensing headlights 
  • Factory-fitted satellite navigation
  • Eight-way adjustable power driver’s and front passenger seat  
  • EyeSight™ driver assist system, with steering wheel controls
  • Front wipers with de-icers
  • harman kardon speaker system – eight speakers
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather trim
  • Push-button start with smart key entry
  • Rain sensing front wipers

FORESTER 2.0D-L (ADDS TO FORESTER 2.0i-L SPECIFICATION. Does not include X-Mode, paddleshift or HID headlights in manual variants; does not include Auto Stop-Start or SI-Drive in any diesel variants):

  • 17-inch alloy wheels 
  • 2.0 litre DOHC turbocharged horizontally opposed diesel Boxer engine. 108 kW/3600 rpm, 350 Nm/1600-2400 rpm 


  • Automatic cargo door
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front wiper de-icer
  • Heated front seats and door mirrors
  • Xenon low-beam dusk-sensing headlights with pop-up washers
  • Leather trim
  • Push-button start with smart key entry
  • Powered driver and front passenger seat (eight-way adjustable)
  • Rain sensing front wipers
  • Satellite navigation – factory-fitted
  • 18-inch alloy wheels

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8 years ago

Does the bands on the Foresters CVT Transmission need to be changed at so many K’s if so how many.

8 years ago
Reply to  JoKa

Hi JoKa, the Forester CVT doesn’t have ‘bands’ and so doesn’t need adjustment.

Roger Bell
Roger Bell
8 years ago
Reply to  JoKa

I’ve had the 2.5iS for some 4months now and am generally pleased with it although my wife complains the ride is not as comfortable as the poorer handling 2005 Toyota Camry Ateva which preceded it. The cheaper L model has 17″ 60 aspect ratio tyres instead of the 55 aspect ratio 18″ wheels of our S. Do you think my wife would notice a worthwhile difference if I changed to the 17″ wheel/tyre combination and would I regret that the handling had suffered accordingly?

Robert Pepper
8 years ago
Reply to  Roger Bell

Roger there might be a bit in it but not much and I doubt she’d notice, and I doubt you’d notice any difference in handling.

A change of tyres might be in order – go for comfort ones – but the Forester is never going to be the wheeled waterbed that is the Camry.

If she complains about the Forester never take her in anything sporty then!

I think the best option is for her to just get used to it.

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober