Subaru Forester review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Subaru Forester
  • Subaru Forester
  • Subaru Forester
  • Subaru Forester
  • Subaru Forester
  • Subaru Forester
  • Subaru Forester
  • Subaru Forester
  • Subaru Forester
  • Subaru Forester
  • Subaru Forester
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

High running costs are a problem for the Forester. Being petrol only and a big, heavy SUV mean fuel economy and CO2 emissions are higher than many rivals, especially those that offer diesel alternatives. The list prices are quite high, too, and resale values are nothing special.

When it comes to reliability, Subarus are generally very impressive, though. However, while our reliability data ranks the Japanese manufacturer extremely highly overall, the Forester model is average for the class.

Overview

The Subaru Forester is a capable off-roader but most SUV rivals are bigger, cheaper and more fuel efficient

  • Good off-road ability
  • Decent reliability record
  • Expensive to buy and run
  • Not as spacious as rivals