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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 XE 5dr

    Steven Brooks , Norfolk . Date: 05/06/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car is superb to drive - it's an improvement on the previous 2.0 X All Weather (which was good).

    Handling is excellent and running costs are OK if you are careful. The interior is much improved, and the seven-speaker audio system with steering wheel controls is very good.

    The only downside for most seems to be the lack of a diesel option, which I feel somehow misses the point.

    Overall, it's a very good, highly individual car with a satisfyingly anonymous image. The two-star rating by What Car? seems somewhat anomalous, though.

  • 2.0 X All Weather 5dr

    scott rae Date: 03/06/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is not a 2.0X but an 02 2.0-litre Sport. I decided to change it as it was getting on a bit.

    It never let me down while I owned it, but I fancied a change. I now miss it as it was an excellent car (although fuel consumption wasn't great).

    It was very quiet at motorway speeds, and had excellent road holding for an estate 4x4. It was very torquey, with no need to change gears very often to overtake. It also had excellent luggage capacity.

    Make sure you get bonnet and headlight protectors as they get chipped with stones.

  • 2.5 XTEn 5dr

    Torquil Mathewson , . Date: 24/05/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Firstly, the ride is supple and the steering offers better feedback than my brother's (new) Audio Allroad. The car manages to please me whenever I get into it - with the serious exception of when I have to, with worrying regularity, visit the pumps! I manage to tow a trailer regularly off-road, drive A roads with relish and sit, relaxed at motorway speeds listening to a pretty decent stereo. I can also get my huge japanese Akita or my parent's Der houd into the car with ease. Really, all I can ask of Subaru is this - a deisel engine and some added stle and panache both internally and externally as my wife is embarrased to drive the car (even if she is addicted to the exceelent sat nav and the awesome acceleration). Waht Car - giev it the 4 stars that the JD Power surveys dictate it should get!

  • 2.0 XT 5dr

    Rory Joseph Date: 27/04/2007
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This was my replacement for an A4 cabriolet, due to an expanding family and a move to a more rural area. Whilst it lacks the 'look at me' feel of the Audi, it is a far more compentent drive, with performance and pace a plenty. Build quality is superb and the dealer has been faultless. Even the insurance is half the price of the Audi!

    The car is rather thirsty, made more apparent by it's tiny tank (I only manage about 240 miles on a full tank, on my cross country commute), but I guess that's the nature of the beast.

    My only gripes is that it is a bit tight in the back and that the front seats could do with more side support. As a road driver, the tyres fitted make for some scary sideways moments when cornering a little too fast, but this is easily remedied by fitting different, non off road rubber.

    I would recommend unequivocably.

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