Hot on the heels of the announcement of the new Forester arriving later in the year, Subaru has launched a major LPG initiative on selected current Forester, Legacy and Outback models, offering customers significant savings in the war against increasing fuel prices and running costs.
All new Forester 2.0 litre models (ie. non-turbo) are now available with a free LPG dual-fuel conversion worth over £1,900 including VAT, plus three years’ free servicing valued at a further £770.
This not only allows the Forester to run on LPG which is approximately half the price of petrol but greatly extends the total range between fill-ups. By running on a full tank of LPG the driver can expect a fuel cost saving of around 40 per cent compared to petrol.
Forester prices start from £17,677 on-the-road for the Forester 2.0 X which has full-time symmetrical all-wheel drive, a high and low ratio manual gearbox, hill-holder clutch, self-levelling rear suspension and comfort features such as climate control air-conditioning, radio/CD player and four electric windows.
The three years’ free servicing offer has a mileage limit of 36,000 miles – equivalent to three major services.
In addition, LPG conversions are also now available on all Legacy and Outback 2.5 litre models – both manual and automatic – at a cost of £1,973 including VAT.
And like the Forester, this enables owners to not only reduce fuel costs but they can also be registered for London Congestion Zone exemption, saving £8 per day.
So does the maths make sense?
Let’s take the Forester 2.0 AWD: manual (5 speed), petrol, Euro IV, 220g/km CO2 emissions, and 30.4mpg combined. Fuel cost for 12,000 miles, £1,561. The LPG fuel cost saving of around 40 per cent would equate to £624.40. This also means less air pollution and equates to a saving of almost one tonne of CO2 (LPG reduces CO2 by around 20%). However the 12 months road tax rate for an alternative fuel car over 185g/km CO2 in Band F would be £190.00 per year (only a £15 saving on the petrol car cost of £205).
No other 4×4 drives like a rally car, but the Forester does. It’s a shame that the offer doesn’t include the turbo version, but if you want a new non-turbo Forester then this is a good incentive. However, be aware that the new Forester is out in spring, with the diesel version arriving in September – see our separate article.