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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

In this review

Cost & 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.

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 accelerator management, lane departure warning and lane-keeping assistance, is only featured on models with the lower-powered petrol engine and automatic gearbox. 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, plus its 12-year anti-corrosion guarantee.

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Verdict

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
There are 5 trims available for the Forester 4x4. Click to see details.See all versions
OUR PICK
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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£25,243
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XC
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
Fuel Diesel
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£27,428
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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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£27,618
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XC Premium
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£29,803
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XT
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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£30,528
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