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January 29, 2019

The Subaru Forester XT is Still Available and It's Priced the Same as the 2019 Model

So the all-new 2019 Subaru Forester just dropped into Philippine shores and what’s the first collective reaction: where’s the turbo? Granted the first-ever Forester underpinned by the Subaru Global Platform performs amicably on everyday road conditions, there are still some who say, “It ain’t a proper Subaru without a turbo.”

Well, your forced-induction prayers have been answered because Subaru’s distributor, Motor Image, has confirmed that for the time being, the previous-generation Forester XT will be sold alongside its newer, fancier sibling.

The Forester XT soldiers on for this model year (or at least until supplies last) with, get this, a price equal to the top-of-the-line 2019 2.0i-S EyeSight. For those with poor memory, that’s P 1,798,000 or a freakin’ P 250,000 discount from its list price of P 2,048,000.

Okay, so you don’t get the Subaru Global Platform and you don’t get the EyeSight driver assistive system too, but you do get an engine that’ll satisfy any adolescent urge: a turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-4 making 241 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque. Oh, and you also get stuff like a curb camera, and a Harman-Kardon sound system which aren’t standard on the 2019 model.

So there you have it. Whether you fancy a powerful but older ride or a future-proof but slower Forester, Subaru’s got you covered.


  1. Think twice before buying a Subaru! They are not inspecting the cars before rolling out the plant. When a part breaks they tell you the part is consumable and not covered by warranty. We bought a 2017 Forester, a little over 1 year after the control arm bushing of of both sides of the car goes bad. Now they are charging me P10k to replace it because they say it's not covered by warranty. By comparison, our 2009 Montero Sport's control arm bushings has not been replaced up to now. So, think twice about Subaru-it is a poor quality brand with bad after sales warranty.

  2. We have 2 Subaru Forester XTs in the family. My 2012 XT and my mom’s 2015 XT. Mine is already at 80k+ km but still going strong, no turbo failure. My mom’s XT suffered a brake light switch failure, but that’s about it.

    Maybe you got a lemon unit? As for customer service, never had any problems encountered. Subaru GH is our go-to casa.

  3. My newly purchased 2018 Subaru XT last december encountered problem after running 300km. I was informed that the VDC [Vehicle Dynamic Control] is defective. Its been 2 months now but no progress of the needed repair. I regret buying this brand.

    My VW Golf is much much better. Already reached 1 year and only 1 maintenance done for the first 10Km. Next maintenance is for 25Km.


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