2017 Subaru Forester XT Review

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The SUV with a Subaru WRX engine – The Forester XT (also likely to be the last turbocharged Forester unless Subaru changes their minds)

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Video Transcript

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hey what’s up guys Syed here today i am in a

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2017 subaru forester xt

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okay so this forrester xt is the

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facelifted version of the sj generation

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subaru forester

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and as you know this is the last

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generation subaru forester xt that you

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can get

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because the sk generation the one that

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came after this generation forester

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is no longer turbocharged it’s a two

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liter naturally aspirated boxer engine

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okay

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there’s no more turbo however if you

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read car news

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the 2022 subaru forester will come with

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a turbo charger but that engine has been

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downsized so that subaru forester will

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come with only a 1.8 liter turbo engine

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and the horsepower output has also been

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dropped this one comes with 237

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horsepower

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that one will come with like less than

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200 i think it’s 180 horsepower or

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something like that

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and that it won’t be known as the

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forester xt that car will be known as

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the forester spot so there’s no more

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forester xt basically

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all right so some quick specs for this

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car this has the two liter turbocharged

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engine producing 237 horsepower 350

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newton meters of torque this is the

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exact same engine that you get in the

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pre-facelift subaru forester sj

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and the drivetrain and transmission is

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also the same as the preface lift

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forester sj

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so you get subaru’s symmetrical

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all-wheel drive in this car and it also

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comes with a cvt transmission

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exterior wise the differences between

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this face lifted

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and the pre-facelift forrester sj

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maybe just the headlights and some

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redesigned

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front stuff like that it looks almost

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identical to the

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pre-facelift subaru forester and not

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many people will be able to tell between

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the pre-facelift and the face lifted

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subaru forester however this facelifted

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forester headlights come with

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a steering response function so it’s

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basically the headlights will move left

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or right depending on your steering

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input so for example when i’m turning

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the

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steering to the left the headlights will

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also

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turn slightly to the left to the right

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it will you know adjust and turn to the

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right as well

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so before i go on to the review some

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competitors for this car will include

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other japanese suvs like the nissan

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xtrail

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mazda cx-5 the mitsubishi outlander

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hyundai tucson the 1.6 and the 2 litre

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however out of all those japanese suvs

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in this class i think this forester is

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the one with the most

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value for money why i say that is

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because all those cars have about the

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same dp about 10k

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ish depreciation per year same with this

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forrester xt but

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this has a 2 liter turbo engine

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all-wheel drive harman kardon sound

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system

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sunroof and it looks good as well so

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in terms of value for money i think this

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car stands out more than a competition

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the other cars most of them are front

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wheel drive they have

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lesser way lesser power than this one

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more car that the forester

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sort of competes with is the toyota

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harrier turbo however the harrier turbo

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has a higher debris than this

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about 12k onwards and that car is still

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lesser on power compared to this and

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it’s still a front wheel drive

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so in terms of a complete suv package i

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think the forester does really really

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well

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so interior design i think i’ve said

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this before in my other subaru reviews

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subaru is not really known to make very

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nice interiors

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but in this car i think the interior is

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quite nice i think they did quite a good

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job

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so even though you get like some cheap

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hollow plastic here in the side the rest

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of the car you get

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really nice leather in the seats in the

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side

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of the doors here you have piano black

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finish all around

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it comes with memory seats you know auto

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tailgate

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engine start stop keyless entry cruise

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control

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harman kardon sound system panoramic

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sunroof

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the infotainment head unit has also been

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upgraded as compared to the pre-facelift

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forester so in the pre-facelift forester

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the infotainment just looks like

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it came out of an old car it’s black and

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white not even a color

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infotainment okay but this one of course

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has been upgraded

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it’s touch screen it works well maybe

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it’s

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slightly laggy but i think

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you know that’s okay it’s not that bad

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when you look at the interior of the car

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i think it just looks quite good okay

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also this car i have to point out that

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it comes with this sort of like maroon

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brown interior uh seats and also on the

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top and

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also it looks really really good as

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compared to a regular forester where it

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comes it’s just the

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black leather seats okay so moving on to

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the practicality of this car i think

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it’s really practical for

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an suv to get a quite decent sized door

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beans at the side you can

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fit like a big bottle in there you get

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this

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compartment in the center to keep your

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stuff two cup holders

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the space in the center compartment here

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is also quite deep

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glove box is also quite a decent size

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more importantly the rear

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tall passengers will not have a problem

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in this car because i get

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more than one knee room of space with

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this seat in my original driver’s

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position

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i get more than one knuckle of headroom

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as well in the rear seats

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[Music]

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and because this has a boxer engine

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which means the architecture the engine

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layout is quite flat

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subaru is able to put the engine lower

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down in the car that means the

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drivetrain components are all lower down

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in the car and they can build

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the rest of the car up on top of that

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that’s why your windows are so big

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that’s why your even though this is an

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all-wheel drive car the transmission

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tunnel in the rear isn’t that intrusive

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by the way this car comes with the

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nvidia lta legal exhaust

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for this generation forester sj there

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are only

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two lta legal exhaust hks and nvidia

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all right i hope you can see me by the

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way because uh it’s gonna rain soon it’s

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quite cloudy outside so i hope

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this video doesn’t turn out to be too

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dark okay maybe that helps

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all right so uh first things first

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because i myself used to drive a

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forester so i know exactly what it’s

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like uh i mean i used to drive the

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pre-facelift sj generation forester

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actually i still have that car now

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um so uh differences between the

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pre facelift and this face lifted one

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um i think the interior big difference

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everything else in terms of the drive

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and all it’s not

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that different visibility all around

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like i mentioned

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is very very good because the windows

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are very big

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you sit very high up in the car steering

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is also

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quite light i would say for this car in

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the

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um pre facelift sj it’s a bit heavier i

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think this

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uh steering is a bit lighter which makes

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it

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easier to drive you know in the city or

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in the car park like this

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it’s not as tiring also in the

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pre-facelift forester the engine brake

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especially when you drive at low speeds

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is quite strong

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you you know if you are not familiar

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with the car and you

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just drive it like a normal car you will

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feel the engine brake very apparent very

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obvious

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also one thing i want to point out the

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side

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side indicators right the ones on the

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door uh some forest owners have

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complained that when they go for

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inspection

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uh actually it failed inspection but

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this is not an aftermarket modification

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this is actually stopped it comes with

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the car

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so uh what i understand from reading

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subaru owner groups and stuff is that it

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depends on which

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inspection center you go to and which

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person inspects your car

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some of them failed the inspection some

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of them passed the inspection

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so to me it’s quite stupid like you know

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it came with the car why would it it’s

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not supposed to

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fail any uh inspection right because

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it’s not a

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modification it’s really stock it came

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with the car in terms of driving this

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car um it’s actually quite a nice

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drive i drove this car genting highlands

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quite a few times

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for a big suv like this it handles quite

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well

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driving this car right i think it’s it’s

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for an suv it’s

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really good and it really drives nicely

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but um the leather on the steering wheel

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i think i mentioned this in my

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uh pre-facelift sj review as well the

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leather on the steering wheel is not

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those kind of like high-end leather you

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get in

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maybe the seats for example you can feel

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that the quality of the leather is

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uh like a bit lower end quality okay and

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the steering wheel is like

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probably the most touched part of the

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car okay you touch it every single time

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you get in the car

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so you know it just affects the uh

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driving feel a little bit because

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the feeling in your hands isn’t that

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nice if they use the same leather

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as they used in the maybe lavark for

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example

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then uh you know this driving the

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forester is really

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it’s quite a nice experience but you

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know i mean this is

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just a small thing because at the end of

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the day your leather you can always

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re-wrap carry wrap you can use a cover

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you know

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you have options like basically if you

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are not happy with the

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leather that they use on the steering

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wheel but also is probably another

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downside of this car is that

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this probably another downside of this

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car is that

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the petrol consumption because it’s a

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it’s an suv

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all-wheel drive 2 liter turbo you can’t

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expect the fuel consumption to be that

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good

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and it’s not on paper this car is

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supposed to do about 11

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plus kilometers per liter which is

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actually quite a stretch

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because uh if you can get 11 plus

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kilometers per liter but that’s if you

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drive on the highway and you

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really are very gentle on the throttle

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when you drive in the city for example

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um you know in the pre-facelift sj i’m

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getting like

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uh eight to nine kilometers per liter

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and on the highway it’s about 10

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kilometers per liter

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so you can expect the same fuel

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consumption figures on this uh

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face lifted forrester sj also another

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downside of the forester is i think the

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road noise so it’s actually way better

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than the previous gen forester the sh

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forester but

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um you sometimes when you drive at

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higher speeds you do

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kind of like hear it it’s not a deal

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breaker but

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um when you drive for me in my

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experience you drive above like maybe

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160 then you’ll start to really hear the

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wind noise the road noise

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uh anything below that it’s perfectly

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fine you know

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it’s not like a you know super quiet

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s-class kind of ride

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but for a subaru for japanese car i

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think

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it’s really quite good so in some ways i

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think the forester is like a sleeper suv

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you know

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it looks like a regular family car but

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because the difference between the xt

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the turbo

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forester and the non-xt the regular

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forester the non-turbo one

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is uh if you want to tell the difference

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you just look at the exhaust okay the

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forrest xt has twin exhaust

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dual exhaust whatever you call it okay

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there’s two exhaust ports

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whereas the regular forester the

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non-turbo one only has one exhaust so

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that’s how you tell between uh you know

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um 150 horsepower forester

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with a 240 horsepower forester the

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difference is about 90 horsepower

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between the turbo and non-turbo variants

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so it’s quite a big difference so what

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about the performance of this car

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i think i don’t really need to explain

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in depth

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because 237 horsepower you know it’s

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more than enough

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0-100 timing for this car officially is

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7.5 seconds

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and when you step on the accelerator

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right you do

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feel the pull also this car has three

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different driving modes

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sports sharp sports and intelligent mode

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intelligent mode is where you’ll be in

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most of the time it’s the default mode

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when you start the car okay

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but if you need more power just put it

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into sports or sports sharp

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personally i just put it to sports shop

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i don’t bother with sports mode

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just put it into sports shark and you

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have pedal shifters for you to use

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so you can up shift and downshift and

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before you tell me oh it’s a cvt there’s

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no gears

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you know what i’m talking about okay

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when i say upshift and downshift

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also driving this car around it’s quite

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smooth because it’s a boxer engine so

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the pistons are

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you know outwards they are horizontally

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opposed okay so

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the pistons because they move like this

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way

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they cancel out the vibrations on each

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side

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so that means the engine is really very

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smooth so yeah driving this car it’s

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it’s smooth okay especially with when

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you combine it with the right tyres like

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high profile tires maybe

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um you know comfort tyres like your

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bridgestone

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lenser or bridgestone dealer something

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like that

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you will get a relatively smooth and

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compliant

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drive and the thing i like about this

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car is that it really embodies the

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confidence in motion slogan that subaru

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uses okay

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because when you drive this car in the

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rain in wet weather like this okay maybe

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not like this it’s just a bit of rain

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but when you’re driving heavy rain

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knowing that the all-wheel drive system

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is

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always there you know it sort of gives

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you assurance

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even when you drive fast and stuff like

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that so yeah confidence in motion

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overall i think the

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forester is just a fantastic package

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okay for a japanese suv

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it’s really really good about as good as

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it can get

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you get features that would normally

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come in you know more expensive cars

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like your upgraded

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you know branded sound system your

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panoramic sunroof

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memory seats electric uh adjustments for

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both driver and passenger side

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electric tailgate touchscreen

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infotainment head unit

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237 horsepower turbocharged engine yeah

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overall

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just fantastic package especially

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considering the price really value for

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money

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and i’m not saying that because i drive

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it you know this car has its downsides

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like i mentioned the fuel consumption

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isn’t that good there’s

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leather on the steering wheel not the

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best material

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if you’re very particular interior yeah

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there’s hollow plastic

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chip filling plastics here and there

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but these are just small minor issues

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which you know when you talk about the

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whole car as a package

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yeah these are very minor you know it’s

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still a fantastic car so yeah guys

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that’s about it for this review

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thanks so much for watching hope you

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enjoyed it and i’ll see you

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in the next video

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