Subaru Forester review

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Subaru Forester
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1 Nov 2017 15:10 | Last updated: 19 Sep 2018 08:11

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The Subaru Forester’s design transformation illustrates the changing tastes of the new car market. It began life in 1997 as a rugged, no-nonsense, four-wheel-drive estate and, sure enough, through three renewals in 2002, 2008 and most recently 2012, the Forester has beefed up to become – yes, you guessed it – an SUV.

That means it’s now up against popular mainstream models such as the Nissan X-Trail and Skoda Kodiaq.

The Forester is available with a 148bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine and, for those after a performance-oriented model, a turbocharged 237bhp version.

You can choose between a six-speed manual or CVT automatic gearbox, and three trim levels. The Forester has four-wheel drive as standard and carries Subaru’s impressive off-road credentials with it.

Does it represent an appealing leftfield choice in a very mainstream market, though? Read on to find out, then head over to our New Car Buying page for all the latest new-car deals.

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XE
This entry-level trim has plenty of kit and would be our choice. Electrically heated and folding door mirrors, automatic lights, cruise control, electric windows and 17in alloy wheels are fitted on...View trim
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XC
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XE Premium
This adds leather upholstery, keyless entry and start and sat-nav, but it’s a hefty price jump...View trim
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This is the only trim level you can get with the range-topping turbocharged petrol engine. As well as all the standard equipment on the other models, it gets a twin-exhaust, alloy pedals, 18in whee...View trim
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