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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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42 reader reviews for Subaru Forester 4x4.
  • 2.0 X Plus 5dr

    ross denton Date: 30/10/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I own this car and I love it. It is cheap to run, indestructible and above all fantastic fun to drive.

    I don't have the turbo 2.5, because I want to keep my licence. The steering is superb, it goes like it is on rails, and has never, ever missed a beat. If I compare this to our other car, an Audi A6 quattro, the A6 has better equipment and goes like stink, but the Forester corners better, and will keep going if a fuse or light bulb goes.

    All of this goes to show that the reviewer at What Car is biased against Subaru or the Forester, or cannot perform simple arithmetical calculations. He or she only gives it 2 x 2-stars, but 3 x 4-stars. The rest are all threes.

    How do you end up with a 2-star overall? Subjective points for style? A lobotomy? In addition, how can you give a 3-star for security to one of the few manufacturers to fit Thatcham grade-1 devices as standard?

  • 2.0 X All Weather 5dr

    Clive Pater , Ceredigion . Date: 09/09/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Just bought my 05 plate Forester last weekend, with only 4000 miles on it from new, and I'm absolutely won over! Lovely to drive with a raised driving position, the turbine-like flat four spools up beautifully. Lots of kit and with that huge sunroof, the whole cabin is light and airy: the frameless doors are light to open yet shut with a satisfying thunk. Steering is light and the brakes are powerful. Plenty of cargo space in the rear and there are cubby holes everywhere. My advice is buy one!

  • 2.5 XTE 5dr

    Robert Black Date: 07/07/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car is quick and handles well but still has wheel travel, tows, self-levels, 4wd and is clean underneath (no suspension arms to hit rocks). It also carries lots of gear. Okay, the seats are short on cushion. Light foot fuel consumption is good, otherwise it's average. The steering wheel could do with extension adjustment. The delightful motor deserves another gear in both manual and auto.

    This car has engineering integrity and I cannot believe the two star rating.

  • 2.0 X 5dr

    Mark Kebbell Date: 10/06/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    First of all I have to say I am an Australian and our fuel prices are currently about 50 pence a litre and with fuel being more expensive in the UK this may be an important point for Uk people.

    We bought our X model Forester new in 2005 and we have previously owned a new E series Mercedes (which was awful), an Audi and various other cars. The Forester is a great car, it drives well, feels solid, and has been 100% reliable. With 45,000 kms on the clock it actually seems to be going better than ever, it feels more powerful. Nothing has fallen off or rattles (unlike the Mercedes).

    In Australia, Monash University looked at real fatalities from road accidents. The Forester was the car least likely to be involved in a fatal accident if one did occur (i.e., if an accident did occur the driver, passengers (and pedestrians if hit) were the most likely to survive) compared with all other cars in Australia.

    I only have two niggles. One, with a big child's car seat my son kicks the back of my seat. Two, it doesn't look pretty but in a way that adds to its charm, it has no pretentious side to it.

    I love it and will be replacing it with the 2008 WRX which is even ugglier- Subaru seem to want to test their buyers, if you care more about what you drive than how you look, they are great cars!

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