High running costs are just one more 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.
Subaru Forester quality & reliability
When it comes to reliability, Subarus are almost impossible to fault. If there’s a failing, it’s in the attractiveness of the cabin. The assembly is as rock-solid as you'd expect, but there are hard plastics a-plenty, so it's not as tactile or as engaging as many rivals.
Subaru Forester safety & security
All Foresters have twin front and side airbags, plus curtain airbags that cover both rows of seats. The active anti-whiplash headrests will also give you better protection from whiplash injuries in a rear-end shunt. However, the presence of stability control on all versions should hopefully mean you'll never have to test the effectiveness of these measures.