Used Subaru Forester 4x4 2002 - 2008 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: What is it like?

2002 - 2008 review
Subaru Forester 4x4 (02 - 08)
  • Subaru Forester 4x4 (02 - 08)
  • Subaru Forester 4x4 (02 - 08)
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What's the used Subaru Forester 4x4 like?

The Forester is usually compared to 4x4s such as the Toyota RAV4 and Land Rover Freelander, but it's not quite the same sort of car. In fact, the Forester is more of a four-wheel-drive estate than an outright off-roader.

It sits a little lower than a conventional 4x4, for a start, which helps to make it such a good drive. None of the engines are short of performance, and the suspension does a fine job, providing an excellent blend of a smooth ride with enjoyable handling.

The driving position is good, too, as are all-round visibility and the space up-front. However, it's not quite as good in the back: legroom is a bit tight and it's quite a squeeze to fit three adults across the back seat. The boot is big enough for most families' needs, and the split/fold rear seats are a big help.