no image

New Subaru Forester vs competitors: big test crossovers

Test “driving” praised the new alignment of forces in the class of mid-size crossovers.Kuleshov Mikhail “Behind the wheel”

So “fresh” test we have long gone. In the sense that all vehicles participating in comparison for the first time. Fifth generation Forester just arrived to the Russian dealers, and splattermania Tucson and Sportage synchronously updated last fall, complicating the already difficult choice.

Subaru in our Trinity — a white crow. Even though painted in metallic black. Unlike a couple of “Koreans” and divides the Assembly plant in Kaliningrad, Forester gather in the Japanese city of OTA. On the Forester put not a mechanic or automatic, but a CVT Lineartronic. And he’s naturally more expensive in comparable trim levels — almost half a million rubles.

Yes! Price top “Forester” with a 2.5‑liter aspirated power of the force 185 passes for two and a half million. Sportage with all the options and new 2.4 GDI engine (184 HP) pulls on 2,2 million roubles. And the available in company — Tucson with a 185‑horsepower diesel engine and new 8-speed automatic: 2.1 million. But our current story is not only about the money, right?

Hyundai Tucson

The crossover of the third generation (second generation machines sold as ix35) debuted in the spring of 2015 at the motor show in Geneva. Last year has been updated. Assembly — at the Kaliningrad plant “Avtotor”.

ENGINES: gasoline: 2.0 (150 HP) — 1 399 000 RUB 1.6 T (177 HP) — 1 919 000. diesel: 2.0 (185 HP) — 1 769 000 rubles.

Kia Sportage

The car’s fourth generation, introduced in September 2015 in Frankfurt. Last fall updated. Build — in Kaliningrad, “Avtotor”.

ENGINES: gasoline: 2.0 (150 HP) — 1 329 900 rubles 2.4 (184 HP) — 1 794 900 RUB. diesel: 2.0 (185 HP) — from 2 244 900 RUB.

Subaru Forester

“Farik” fifth generation was first shown at the new York auto show in March 2018. Based on a modular platform SGP. Cars for our market are harvested in Japan.

ENGINES: gasoline: 2.0 (150 HP) — 1 959 000 rubles 2.5 (185 HP) — from 2 429 900 rubles.

Unbearable heaviness of being

Let’s go off the issue that does not let you, after reading the previous paragraph. Of course, we could get petrol Tucson with 177‑horsepower 1.6 turbo engine and double clutch robot, but first, with such a machine we’re familiar with (RA, № 3, 2016), and second, it selects only 1% of buyers. That is why — diesel with new 8 speed gearbox.

Tucson is driven by simple, clear and without a spark. Diesel in conjunction with the eight-speed automatic — song! Enterprising on the lower, relatively unobtrusive and a half times more economical than petrol engines of the same capacity.Tucson is driven by simple, clear and without a spark. Diesel in conjunction with the eight-speed automatic — song! Enterprising on the lower, relatively unobtrusive and a half times more economical than petrol engines of the same capacity.

In matters of samovyrazitsya Tucson is not the standard. Still, the roar seeping into the cabin when operating in cold as well as vibration on the steering wheel and seat unobtrusively. And you go a couple of miles — and love this engine for fantastic traction on the bottoms and modest the consumption: I got about nine liters in the city and less than seven on the road.

Finish two-tone plastic and faux leather insets enliven the simple interior. The materials and ergonomics to find fault not easy, but Asian “Easter eggs” like the blue backlight of the buttons or compass in the salon mirror spoil the experience. The wheel began to sheathe high quality thick skin — she’s nicer and obviously more durable than the one used in the Kia.Finish two-tone plastic and faux leather insets enliven the simple interior. The materials and ergonomics to find fault not easy, but Asian “Easter eggs” like the blue backlight of the buttons or compass in the salon mirror spoil the experience. The wheel began to sheathe high quality thick skin — she’s nicer and obviously more durable than the one used in the Kia.

Devices clear, but they look simpler than those in the Kia. A vertically oriented display trip computer — colour, although this photo can not be seen.Devices clear, but they look simpler than those in the Kia. A vertically oriented display trip computer — colour, although this photo can not be seen.

In addition to the sockets, a USB slot and a platform for inductive charging, Hyundai has a line. In the Kia it is not.In addition to the sockets, a USB slot and a platform for inductive charging, Hyundai has a line. In the Kia it is not.

Diesel Tuscany are equipped with rear view camera regardless of performance. No gasoline car will come get her since high picking Lifestyle.Diesel Tuscany are equipped with rear view camera regardless of performance. No gasoline car will come get her since high picking Lifestyle.

Diesel Tucson for almost a hundredweight heavier Sportiga and nearly two — Forester, but it seems that it is gaining hundreds of petrol faster and easier opponents. The new machine perfectly copes with the work in any of the driving modes. With the measured drive it takes off in high gear already in the 70 km/h, but if necessary “to feed” as quickly and quietly will throw five or six speed transmission.

The chassis is decent, but prefer a smooth covering if heavier wheel mode Sport button Drive Mode, from tangles asphalt turns get a no fun. But with the primers of the relationship is more complex. Tucson on 19‑inch wheels unceremoniously gives all the secrets of road profile. So if from time to time you have to leave the city, “sneaker” smaller size — the right decision.

Front seat, Toussaint and Sportiga and profile are the same, and a set of adjustments. Seats put the machines in two top performances High — Tech and High-Tech plus.Front seat, Toussaint and Sportiga and profile are the same, and a set of adjustments. Seats put the machines in two top performances High — Tech and High-Tech plus.

The back differs from the Hyundai Kia nuances. The doorway is slightly narrower at the top, on the center console there is no power outlet to 12 volts — only USB connector. The rest — parity. Heated seats, starts with an average picking Lifestyle.The back differs from the Hyundai Kia nuances. The doorway is slightly narrower at the top, on the center console there is no power outlet to 12 volts — only USB connector. The rest — parity. Heated seats, starts with an average picking Lifestyle.

Serious off-road meddle unnecessarily is not worth it. A bumper primer is not hooked, but ground clearance 175 mm (with metal protection tray — 170 mm) frustrating. I had to go through a few unpleasant moments when rascisim black earth Hyundai slipped into a rut, rolled, and “dropped anchor”. Forester with 205 mm of ground clearance coped with this effortlessly trap.

This is the only thing that will make the Hyundai engineers to sprinkle ashes on his head, because of other deficiencies in the updated Toussaint’s actually not. Redrawn interior while maintaining objectionable to many blue backlit keys, but has become more Mature and better. The back row still will easily take three adults and the trunk with all their baggage. While Tucson remains one of the most affordable crossover vehicles in its class.

Power Gidea

The Sportage is the best selling SUV in test three. It is chosen monthly average 2800 Russians. Tucson each month attracts 2,000 of our countrymen. Harvest Forester of the past generation — the “plus-minus” 400 enthusiasts (I’m sure with the current will be about the same story). And against the background of a piece of sales of other models (excluding the compact crossover XV) for Subaru’s success.

Sportage won’t enjoy the drive like active, yet quiet modes controlled at the level of Forester. The new engine in conjunction with a 6-speed automatic will at least keep up with Subaru.Sportage won’t enjoy the drive like active, yet quiet modes controlled at the level of Forester. The new engine in conjunction with a 6-speed automatic will at least keep up with Subaru.

The secret Sportiga simple. Like Toussaint’s, it has no pronounced weaknesses. Here are the same 170 mm of ground clearance under the protection or 175 mm without it, but everything else was decent. Right up to boredom! The interior is well-furnished, good ergonomically and devoid of Asian accents like the blue backlight or the stupid compass in the salon mirror, which annoyed Tucson. There is also a lot of space in the back row, and the doorway even wider. Plus the five year warranty vs three years at Hyundai.

The interior of the Kia is the most European in the test. The recent update brought edge-to-edge touchscreen, a new steering hardware and a few chrome accents. The ergonomics are nearly flawless. Even after the restyling of the steering wheel Sportiga continue to sheathe a thin skin, losing marketability after 30 000-40 000 km. Interior Kia — the European in the test. The recent update brought edge-to-edge touchscreen, a new steering hardware and a few chrome accents. The ergonomics are nearly flawless. Even after the restyling of the steering wheel Sportiga continue to sheathe a thin skin, losing marketability after 30 000-40 000 km.

I just praised the rigorous and extremely readable devices of the Kia, but again will not be superfluous.I just praised the rigorous and extremely readable devices of the Kia, but again will not be superfluous.

Rear view camera — feature of the top Luxe and Premium versions, as well as “proportionnal” GT-Line. Markup of competitors, dynamic.Rear view camera — feature of the top Luxe and Premium versions, as well as “proportionnal” GT-Line. Markup of competitors, dynamic.

In the bottom of the console — a pair of 12‑volt sockets, a USB socket and pad for wireless charging of smartphones (usually, only expensive cars).In the bottom of the console — a pair of 12‑volt sockets, a USB socket and pad for wireless charging of smartphones (usually, only expensive cars).

In addition to a refreshed exterior and interior restyling autumn brought with shelf corporate engine 2.4 GDI, familiar from the Optima sedan and the large crossover Sorento Prime. It is combined with an uncontested 6-speed automatic and replaced the 1.6‑liter turbo engine working in conjunction with not your favorite customers, double clutch robot. In theory, this should boost sales even by ten percent.

The first kilometers I leave with mixed feelings. After diesel Toussaint, whose 400 Newton metres is imprinted in the seat, pull the grass-roots gasoline atmosfernika not impressed. GDI is great with a gun, but really wakes up only after 4000 rpm and draws on the display of the trip computer is not diesel consumption values. When riding in fun turns 10-11 liters in the city and 8.5 liters on the highway. Not to say that a lot for a 2.4‑liter engine, but to re-remember diesel Toussaint — sufficient.

Sportage offers and adjustment of the degree of lumbar support, and seat ventilation. Dissatisfied can stay only drivers above 190 cm — they lack the length of the pillow.Sportage offers and adjustment of the degree of lumbar support, and seat ventilation. Dissatisfied can stay only drivers above 190 cm — they lack the length of the pillow.

The air in the back row of the Kia is only slightly less than in the Subaru. After Forester lower part of the doorway seems to be obscenely narrow. There are 12-volt socket and USB slot.The air in the back row of the Kia is only slightly less than in the Subaru. After Forester lower part of the doorway seems to be obscenely narrow. There are 12-volt socket and USB slot.

Still, if you weigh all the pros and cons, you get parity. The difference in acceleration dynamics, driving comfort and handling between Sportycam and Toscana — in details. While the petrol Sportage is not plagued by spurious vibrations and are not forced to worry about the quality of diesel fuel in a calendar season.

Saying “Diesel is not saving, and lends” there is a truth.

I bet you didn’t know?

Talking about which manufacturers have invented the crossover as a class, will continue indefinitely. But that Subaru was one of the pioneers of the doubt, no one. The forerunner Forester — AWD raised wagon Subaru Streega — debuted at the Tokyo motor show in 1995. Because of it, two years later, “grown up” first “forik”. By the way, don’t you think that the exterior Cut was inspired the early creators of the VAZ‑2123?

I bet you were sure that the knee airbag has begun to come into use in the second half of zero, and at first were used only on very expensive cars. And now the shocking truth: airbag that protects the driver’s knees, debuted at the… the Kia Sportage first generation. Since the side airbags on these machines is not put in principle, the “first” Sportage went down in history as the world’s only car with three airbags.

Hyundai, meanwhile, vengeance is developing a first in its history pickup. The new model will form the platform Toussaint’s next generation, and externally, the novelty will resemble the concept-Santa Cruz, shows in 2015. The start of sales of the serial pickup is scheduled for 2021-2022 years. And Koreans do not rule out that their development will give rise to a new segment. Machine is unlikely to become global, but some markets are clearly “go”.

Kia Sportage SportageKia

Kia Sportage SportageKia

Subaru Streega StreegaSubaru

VAZ‑2123ВАЗ‑2123

Hyundai Santa CruzHyundai Santa Cruz

Go to the devil

A few years ago were small and proud of the Subaru brand is long. Imported from Japan, the cars were expensive, sales have been rough on the interior, it was impossible to watch without tears: a minimum of soft plastic, old-fashioned multimedia and door frame from bare metal with a rough weld if welded from the school chairs. Now it is not so. Well, almost everything.

The chassis of the Forester set up well, but the magic of engineering schools no Subaru in sight. Surprised by the commitment of the Japanese to the CVTs: despite the excellent calibration, the nature of the traction control and the specific rumble of the engine during acceleration irritate many.The chassis of the Forester set up well, but the magic of engineering schools no Subaru in sight. Surprised by the commitment of the Japanese to the CVTs: despite the excellent calibration, the nature of the traction control and the specific rumble of the engine during acceleration irritate many.

The approach to creating interiors, Subaru has literally changed from head to feet: the Japanese ceased to save on automatic door closers, glass doors, ordered a modern multimedia complex, and most items are now cast soft plastics, deftly mixing a few textures. Forester little inferior to rivals, is that not good platform for wireless charging of smartphones and ventilated front seats. But it has a unique “border” camera. And natural vision is better due to larger glass area and thin pillars.

The new Forester has deprived the contrast of the red arrows and gave a color display trip computer.The new Forester has deprived the contrast of the red arrows and gave a color display trip computer.

“Curb” camera appears on the machines performed Elegance ES.”Curb” camera appears on the machines performed Elegance ES.

Rear view camera with washer equip all Forestery, in addition to basic.Rear view camera with washer equip all Forestery, in addition to basic.

After XV and Legacy “Forester” got a human interior: the verified ergonomics, quality materials, quick multimedia and attention to detail.After XV and Legacy “Forester” got a human interior: the verified ergonomics, quality materials, quick multimedia and attention to detail.

Arsenal of X-Mode depends on the specification. Top versions rely modes Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud, all the rest — only the first.Arsenal of X-Mode depends on the specification. Top versions rely modes Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud, all the rest — only the first.

Two USB slots in the front of the salon is great, but Korean cars are equipped with more and an induction charger for your smartphone.Two USB slots in the front of the salon is great, but Korean cars are equipped with more and an induction charger for your smartphone.

Back row — a separate song. And it’s not even that there is slightly more space in the knee (by the way, the test cars are absolutely identical wheelbase) and many more in the shoulders. Look at the picture and compare the width of doorways. If Kia and Hyundai put in the Subaru! This is a great gift for those who have to bother with child seats or Seating elderly passengers. And only Subaru thresholds are reliably protected from dirt doors.

With a quiet ride Lesnik good: a thick steering wheel is not deprived of feedback, the suspension filters excellent road detail, and the setting of the Lineartronic CVT can be considered as a reference.

Good that seat cushion long and distinct lateral support, but the disappointing lack of adjustment of a lumbar emphasis.Good that seat cushion long and distinct lateral support, but the disappointing lack of adjustment of a lumbar emphasis.

Broad doorway, a record supply of space in width and nice little things like two USB slots and dual pockets on the front seatbacks — rear passengers will like the Forester.Broad doorway, a record supply of space in width and nice little things like two USB slots and dual pockets on the front seatbacks — rear passengers will like the Forester.

A bit disappointed only when you go faster than normal. Manageability — without raisins. Stone in the garden Subaru or a compliment to the engineers of Kia and Hyundai? Rather, all the same first.

But move down from asphalt it’s raisins! The X-Mode (there are two modes — Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud) so deftly juggles the auxiliary electronics, the climbing of alumina, gave the “Koreans” only with overclocking and after push lock coupling, “forik” takes at any speed. And although the 205 mm of ground clearance under the regular steel protection — not a record for the class indicator, in most situations it is enough.

On the road Tucson knows as much as Sportage, except to disable the ESC key is highlighted. Ground clearance of 175 mm due to the lack of metal protection.On the road Tucson knows as much as Sportage, except to disable the ESC key is highlighted. Ground clearance of 175 mm due to the lack of metal protection.

The threshold of the Kia is not covered by a door and in the lane immediately throws dirt. It won’t fix any restyling.The threshold of the Kia is not covered by a door and in the lane immediately throws dirt. It won’t fix any restyling.

Dirty pant leg on a blatant threshold Toussaint’s nothing. I hope one day Koreans will fix it.Dirty pant leg on a blatant threshold Toussaint’s nothing. I hope one day Koreans will fix it.

Narrow the threshold covered by a rubber seal — will not stain your pants even after riding on muddy dirt.Narrow the threshold covered by a rubber seal — will not stain your pants even after riding on muddy dirt.

GAMING PLATFORM

Test real road test, we add on roller platforms, simulating a zero coefficient of friction.

First, each of the cars need to move out from the two platforms under the driven axle (in our case, under the front). This exercise can effortlessly manage all three. Don’t even have to turn off traction control.

The second exercise — “diagonal”: put a platform under one rear and one front wheel. And here there are difficulties. Subaru exercise surrenders only after the system X-mode Deep Snow/Mud, which disables ESP and optimises the allocation of time. Hyundai and Kia cope with the task can’t even force locked coupling: torque transmitted on the loaded wheel is not enough.

The final test of the two platforms in front and one behind, we only Subaru. Forester is honestly trying to push off the ground, but still can not cope. Nevertheless, today is a victory.

Mikhail Kuleshov: “the New Forester is equally good on asphalt and beyond, but the high price will not allow you to fight on equal terms with the leaders of the segment.”Mikhail Kuleshov: “the New Forester is equally good on asphalt and beyond, but the high price will not allow you to fight on equal terms with the leaders of the segment.”

***

Despite the diversity of engines Kia and Hyundai, the test results are very dense, and the final victory over his twin Sportage obliged long warranty, it is largely due to more successful sales.

The victory in the test celebrates Forester — the most practical, the most talented off-road. And the most expensive, including maintenance. If I go only on asphalt, why fork out the extra half a million? But if lit up the Forester and have a desire to meet the budget Kia and Hyundai, look at the two-litre variant: 150 strength will be enough.

Kar-index takes into account operating costs on a mileage 70 000 km registration fee and vehicle inspection, vehicle tax, cost of insurance, fuel and routine maintenance, as well as the loss when reselling the car.

KIA SPORTAGE

HYUNDAI TUCSON

SUBARU FORESTER


19,42

Of 17.26

21,40

DATA PRODUCERS

HYUNDAI TUCSON

KIA SPORTAGE

SUBARU FORESTER

Weight / total weight

1846 / 2250 kg

1859 / 2180 kg

1677 / 2223 kg

Acceleration 0-100 km/h

9.5 from

9,6 from

9.5 from

Maximum speed

201 km/h

185 km/h

207 km/h

Fuel / fuel reserve

DT / 62 l

AI-92, AI-95, AI-98 / 62 l

AI-95, AI-98 / 63 l

Fuel consumption: urban / suburban / mixed cycle

8,0 / 5,4 / 6,4 l / 100 km

12,0 / 6,6 / 8,6 l / 100 km

9,3 / 6,3 / 7,4 l / 100 km

ENGINE

Type

diesel

petrol

petrol

Configuration / number of valves

R4 / 16

R4 / 16

Оп4 / 16

The working volume

1995 cm3

2359 cm3

2498 cm3

Compression

16,0

11,3

10,0

Power

136 kW / 185 HP at 4000 Rev/min.

135 kW / 184 HP at 6000 rpm

136 kW / 185 BHP at 5800 rpm

Torque

400 nm at 1750-2750 rpm

237 N·m at 4000 rpm

239 N·m at 4400 rpm

TRANSMISSION

Drive type

full

full

full

Transmission

A8

A6

CVT

Gear ratio: I / II / III / IV / V / VI / VII / VIII / s.x.

n. d.

4,16 / 2,58 / 1,77 / 1,37 / 1,00 / 0,78 / — / — / 3,50

3,60–0,51 / 3,69

Main gear

n. d.

3,65

3,90

SUSPENSION

Suspension: front / rear

McPherson / multi-link

McPherson / multi-link

McPherson / multi-link

Steering

rack and pinion with electric power steering

rack and pinion with electric power steering

rack and pinion with electric power steering

Brakes: front / rear

disc, ventilated / disc

disc, ventilated / disc

disc, ventilated / disc, ventilated

Tires

245/45 R19

245/45 R19

225/55 R18

SERVICE IN NUMBERS

The frequency of the

Guarantee

Dealers (workshop)

HYUNDAI TUCSON

15 000 km or 12 months

3 years or 100,000 km*

184

KIA SPORTAGE

15 000 km or 12 months

5 years or 150 000 km

198

SUBARU FORESTER

15 000 km or 12 months

3 years or 100,000 km

47


The parameters of the GEOMETRIC CROSS (measurements ZR)

HYUNDAI TUCSON

KIA SPORTAGE

SUBARU FORESTER

Clearance

a

175 mm

170 mm

205 mm

b

215 mm

215 mm

205 mm

c

215 mm

205 mm

215 mm

Angle

α

21,0°

19,5°

20,0°

β

28,0°

27,5°

25,5°

γ

18,0°

18,0°

17,5°

Suspension travel almost a passenger. During diagonal display the body “plays”.Suspension travel almost a passenger. During diagonal display the body “plays”.

“Diagonally” Tucson is not worse than other competitors, but the suspension travel is extremely modest. Problems with the stiffness of the body just like Spartica: lid warps in the doorway.”Diagonally” Tucson is not worse than other competitors, but the suspension travel is extremely modest. Problems with the stiffness of the body just like Spartica: lid warps in the doorway.

Forester is not amazing suspension travel, but with diagonal hanging copes effortlessly. Body rigidity is higher than that of competitors: in the opening the fifth door does not distort.Forester is not amazing suspension travel, but with diagonal hanging copes effortlessly. Body rigidity is higher than that of competitors: in the opening the fifth door does not distort.

EXPERT EVALUATION OF VEHICLES

Model

HYUNDAI TUCSON

KIA SPORTAGE

SUBARU FORESTER

The driver

The driver’s seat of a Subaru are contoured a little better, the length of the pillow enough to even the most long-legged drivers. Sorry, you can’t adjust lumbar support. So is parity. Controls each of the trio do not cause issues. Visibility is better in the Subaru, affects an impressive glass area and narrow pillars. “Curb” camera — bonus.

Seat

8

8

8

Controls

8

8

8

Overview

8

8

9

Salon

For finishing materials, ergonomics, and equipping all three of you — above average. Rear passengers are more comfortable in a Subaru: giant doorway and more room in the shoulders. The trunk of my Forester much more. But the lowest loading height, the wide opening and nice little things like hooks for bags and keys, allowing you to fold the seat back from the trunk, bring the Subaru extra score.

The front part

9

9

9

The rear part

8

8

9

The trunk

8

8

9

Ride quality

The dynamic seems diesel Tucson, but actually everyone on the set of the first hundred requires about ten seconds. With the handling procedure. But if the “Koreans” we are pleased that the Subaru for the same eight points is not a reason for pride. Brakes are good: excellent deceleration performance, there is a sense of “the first sticking”. A system for automatic pre-crash braking, the Subaru EyeSight sometimes fires rough.

Dynamics

9

9

9

Brake

8

8

8

Handling

8

8

8

Comfort

Diesel Tucson annoying slight vibration at idle, but the noise is not inferior to the gasoline competitors. Forester a little tougher than his predecessor forgiving and does not deserve the nine points. The assets of all three machines dual-zone climate control, heated front and rear seats and steering wheel. Kia and Hyundai can boast of even and ventilated front seats.

Noise

8

8

8

Ride

8

8

8

Climate

10

10

9

Adaptability to Russia

The greatest ground clearance — Subaru: 205 mm under the regular steel underbody protection. Sportage and Tucson are on the brink crossover decorum — 170-175 mm, and for metal protection need to pay. Kia gets an extra point under “Service” thanks to a five-year warranty. Rating Subaru cut for a modest dealer network and the intolerance of gasoline AI‑92. The Subaru is a stowaway, and Kia and Hyundai full — sized spare.

Accessibility

8

8

9

Service

8

9

7

Operation

8

8

7

Interim assessment

8,27

8,33

8,33

The behavior of off-road

Off-road settings transmission Subaru benefit. All potential “Koreans” it boils down to the ability to manually disable the traction control or force to lock the clutch. However, most situations will remove them. With the overheating of the clutch, we experienced. Suspension travel at each of the trio almost a passenger, and it’s not very good.

Power

8

8

9

Endurance

8

8

8

Moves suspensions

8

8

8

Overall rating

8,22

8,28

8,33

New Subaru Forester vs competitors: big test crossovers

  • Online shop “Behind the wheel” will help with choosing the best accessories to overcome any difficulties on the road. Bracelets on wheels, chains or antibuks — be ready to pull your car from the snow captivity.

New Subaru Forester vs competitors: a big test, crossoveroffice: Cages George

Залишити відповідь