TEST DRIVE: 2018 Subaru Forester 2.0 i-P - Power for Less

Power is one of the characteristics that we, as human beings, always want to have a firm grasp on. Everywhere--in the government, office, even family--you encounter politics to gain this inanimate trait.

And rising to power is not easy to achieve. You need to pick up the pace on hitting your goals while you manage to bob and weave through the traffic jams of life. While at it, you have to work smart, picking the right tools to reach your goal.

Such as the case when driving through life's best journeys. You need not to pick the top-of-the-line variants just to reach your destination. All you need to do is to discern carefully and pick what perfectly suits your condition.

Subaru, one of the automotive brands that's synonymous for delivery of power, gave much to the Subaru Forester 2.0 i-P, making it sure that it would help overcome everyday load and reach its destination.

Ask a regular Joe/Jane or even a car enthusiast and you will get a reply that a Subaru never lacks power. This compact crossover Forester 2.0 i-P, which retails for PHP1.768 million, is powered by a four-cylinder, horizontally-opposed, DOHC 16-valve engine that's mated to a Lineartronic CVT and can deliver 148 hp and 198 Nm of torque.

But gasoline-propelled, high-displacement engines that deliver much torque and power would mean that it guzzles more fuel than the regular Joes. A small price to pay for long drives. When it comes to city driving, we got 5.26 km/L upon covering some 24 kilometers of city roads.

Get inside and the leather seats, door panels, steering wheel trimmings, and gearshift boot would greet passengers, which provides a certain level of sophistication for a mid-class variant.

For comfort, the five-seater Forester 2.0 i-P comes with a foldable armrest in the middle of the rear seat that has cupholders. Aside from that, the black carpet and leather seats provides assurance that the owner will have no problem on food stains.

The Forester 2.0 i-P was developed in a driver-centric way; the steering wheel has buttons for the cruise control, infotainment system, Bluetooth functionality for pairing with your smartphone, and other features that can be seen within the dashboard.

Power both needs and exudes control and it is what the Subaru Forester 2.0 i-P gives, with its power-adjustable seats with memory function, tilt-telescopic steering wheel, steering-responsive headlights, rain-sensing wipers, smart entry, and push start button.

The infotainment of the Forester 2.0 i-P is made up of an audio system with a 6.2-inch display with clear and crisp sounds from its speakers.

Power needs safety nets just as what this midsize SUV has achieved, based on the ANCAP, JNCAP, and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in 2017 test, thanks to the following: its four-sensor/four-channel ABS with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution; brake assist and override functions; engine immobilizer; safety pedal system; front, side, curtain, and knee airbags; and the child-friendly ISOFIX child seat anchors.

If power is what you want or need, one need not to be the top dog to have it; power comes within oneself, alongside safety and control--just like with what the Subaru Forester 2.0 i-P.

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