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What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For The Forester drives well for a 4x4, with decent handling and a supple ride

Against There's no diesel engine, and the cabin is not as practical as some rivals'

Verdict The Forester's fine drive is let down by its cramped cabin and poor economy

Go for… 2.0 X

Avoid… 2.5 XTEn

Subaru Forester 4x4
  • 1. Clutches and driveshafts can give out after 60,000 miles
  • 2. Legroom is tight in the back, and it's a bit of a squeeze for three people across the rear bench
  • 3. The boot is sufficient for most families' needs and the seats split and fold for extra luggage capacity
  • 4. The driving position is good and the seats are comfortable
  • 5. Every engine is good, but the 2.0-litre is the best and most economical
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