Subaru

Japanese firm Subaru made its name selling four-wheel-drive cars, and the brand continues to stick with all driven wheels on the vast majority of its UK offerings.

The entry-level model is the Subaru Impreza, a family hatchback designed to compete with the VW Golf and Skoda Octavia. It's only offered with a single petrol engine (though you can choose between a manual gearbox and an automatic), and it's hard to recommend unless you absolutely need four-wheel drive.

The core of the line-up are now SUVs: the Forester has proper off-road ability but steep running costs, while the XV is similarly capable in the rough stuff but outclassed by mainstream family SUVs like the Nissan Qashqai. There are also two estate offerings, the Levorg and the off-road-influenced Outback. Neither is anywhere near the top of its class.

Subaru still has a reputation for high-performance four-wheel-drive cars, despite the fact that it pulled the plug on its World Championship-winning rally team as long ago as 2008. It sells the WRX STi in the UK, a 296bhp saloon that clings to the road but has a cabin that feels 20 years behind the likes of a VW Golf R's.

The only car in the line-up without four-wheel drive is the BRZ. It's a rear-drive sports car, a sister vehicle to the Toyota GT86, but while it offers crisp handling at a reasonable price, it's some way behind an Audi TT on interior quality.

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All Current Subaru cars

NameStarting fromTarget priceWhat Car? rating

Levorg

£27,255£26,562 Rated 2 out of 5
Subaru Levorg

BRZ

£22,085£21,582 Rated 3 out of 5
Subaru BRZ

Forester

£22,790£23,362 Rated 2 out of 5
Subaru Forester

Outback

£20,197£26,431 Rated 3 out of 5
Subaru Outback

XV

£18,765£20,620 Rated 2 out of 5
Subaru XV

Discontinued Models

NameWhat Car? rating

Justy

Rated 3 out of 5
Subaru Justy

Legacy

Rated 3 out of 5
Subaru Legacy

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