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Subaru Forester 2008 fuel consumption

Subaru Forester from 2008 to 2011 real fuel consumption according to user reports is approximately 15% higher compared to advertised fuel consumption. For petrol engines real consumption is in average 16% higher, but for diesel engines is approximately 14% higher. Starting from 2008 Subaru Forester average difference between actual owner-reported fuel consumption and stated consumption was slightly above industry average, at 2009 it was similar to average, at 2011 difference between owner-reported and advertised fuel economy became less than industry average. For more details, see the table below.

Year-to-year deviations of actual owner-reported average fuel consumption from advertised values

YearGasoline carsDiesel cars
All carmakersSubaru ForesterAll carmakersSubaru Forester
2008+12%+15% +13%+14%
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2009+14%+15% +14%+14%
2010+16%+15% +16%+14%
2011+19%+15% +19%+14%

See below for the actual consumption of generations and versions of Subaru Forester.

2008 - 2011

Subaru Forester 2008 fuel economy

Average advertised fuel consumption for petrol engines24.9 MPG
9.5 l/100km
Average real-world fuel consumption for petrol engines21.8 MPG
10.8 l/100km
Average real gasoline consumption difference *+15%
Average advertised fuel consumption for diesel engines37.3 MPG
6.3 l/100km
Average real-world fuel consumption for diesel engines32.7 MPG
7.2 l/100km
Average real diesel consumption difference *+14%

According to advertised fuel consumption, a Subaru Forester 2008 with automatic transmission consumes on average 0.5 liters per 100 km or 5% less fuel than similar versions with manual gearbox. Based on user-reported real-world fuel consumption, this generation Subaru Forester with automatic transmission consumes around 0.8 litres per 100 km or 7% more fuel than a version with the same engine but a manual gearbox.

Compared to similar cars from other manufacturers, the Subaru Forester fuel economy is among the 20% worst in its class. The best fuel economy in its class of all the modifications has one with 2.0 diesel engine and manual transmission (Subaru Forester 2008 2.0 Diesel 147 HP 4x4).

ModificationClaimed consumptionReal consumption
2.0 liter petrol engine
Subaru Forester 2008 2.0 150 HP 4x4 manual 28.0 MPG
8.4 l/100km
24.5 MPG
9.6 l/100km+14%
Subaru Forester 2008 2.0 150 HP 4x4 automatic 28.0 MPG
8.4 l/100km
22.2 MPG
10.6 l/100km+26%
2.0 liter diesel engine
Subaru Forester 2008 2.0 Diesel 147 HP 4x4 manual 37.3 MPG
6.3 l/100km
32.7 MPG
7.2 l/100km+14%
2.5 liter petrol engine
Subaru Forester 2008 2.5XT 230 HP 4x4 manual 21.4 MPG
11.0 l/100km
21.0 MPG
11.2 l/100km+2%
Subaru Forester 2008 2.5XT 230 HP 4x4 automatic 23.5 MPG
10.0 l/100km
20.1 MPG
11.7 l/100km+17%

* - Difference between advertised and user reported fuel economy has been calculated taking into account only those car versions for which information is available both on the fuel consumption specified by the manufacturer and reported by users.

User-reported fuel consumption may not accurately represent all users' experiences due to variables such as driving conditions, driving style, technical condition of the vehicle, and other circumstances. Thus, it should not be relied upon as a representative indicator.