What alternatives should I consider to a used Subaru Forester 4x4?
The Honda CR-V has a comfortable ride, practical five seat layout (it’s wide enough in the back to take three child seats) and a smooth, efficient 2.2-litre diesel engine that can return better fuel economy than the conservative official average figure suggests.
The Toyota RAV4 again has low running costs and good fuel economy. Reliability is also on its side too. You will have to put up with a boot door that is hinged along one side, rather than at the top as it is in most rivals. This means that you need more space to open it between your car and the one behind, which can be rather awkward at times if you have parallel parked in town.
The Mitsubishi Outlander is surprisingly good to drive for its size and it even has the option of seven seats. It does have a noisy diesel engine though.