High running costs are another reason to steer clear of the petrol model, but even the diesel falls well short of the best cars in the class for fuel economy and company car tax bills. The list prices are quite high, too, and resale values are nothing special.
When it comes to reliability, Subarus are generally very impressive. However, while our reliability data ranks the Japanese manufacturer extremely highly overall, the Forester model is average for the class.
All Foresters have twin front and side airbags, plus curtain airbags that cover both rows of seats. Annoyingly, Subaru’s Eyesight safety system, which comprises features such as adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and throttle management, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist, only comes on Foresters with the lower-powered petrol engine and automatic gearbox; it's not even an option on the diesel. That said, even without Eyesight, the Forester obtained the maximum five stars for safety from Euro NCAP, scoring particularly well for adult occupant and child occupant safety.
All Foresters come with Subaru’s five-year or 100,000-mile warranty and its 12-year anti-corrosion guarantee.
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