Pricing for this Forester e-Boxer is pitched at around £36,500 for the standard variant - or around £40,000 for the plush 'Premium'-spec version. Expect lots of equipment, even in the base variant. The kit list runs to full-LED headlights with auto activation and high beam assist, front fog lamps, heated power-folding mirrors, UV-protection glass that's privacy-tinted further back, rain-sensitive wipers, wiper de-icers, headlight washers and a Thatcham category 1 alarm/immobiliser. You get alloy wheels of course too. Inside, there's dual-zone air conditioning, a Keyless access system with a push-button starter, heated front seats and cruise control, plus leather for the gearstick and the multi-function steering wheel.
The big news with this revised model is its improved EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. The enhanced safety system features a wider field of view, almost doubled, and is available with eleven safety functions, among which three extra functions have been added, such as 'Automatic Emergency Steering', 'Adaptive Cruise control with Lane Centering' and 'Lane Departure Prevention' (recognising roadway dividing lines like grass or road edging). In addition, the Pre-Collision Braking System offers now expanded support for collision avoidance at intersections. And the Driver Monitoring System, Subaru's facial recognition technology that alerts the driver of fatigue or distraction while on the road (as well as automatically adjusting driver settings for seat position, door mirror angles and air-conditioning preferences) has been enhanced with a new gesture control function. This allows the driver to raise and lower the set temperature of the automatic climate control system through hand gestures.