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What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For The Forester makes a fine go-anywhere workhorse and is good both on- and off-road

Against It lacks the sex appeal of a genuine off-roader, particularly inside

Verdict The Forester's great drive and practicality are let down by its drab looks

Go for… GLS

Avoid… Turbo S

Subaru Forester 4x4
  • 1. The bonnet can chip very easily
  • 2. The clutch and transmission can judder noticeably
  • 3. The clutch and driveshaft can give up after 60,000 miles
  • 4. The boot is generous and has a wide opening
  • 5. The cabin is roomy and unpretentious
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