Used Subaru Forester 2008-2013 review

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(2008 - 2013)
Used Subaru Forester (08-13)
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What used Subaru Forester 4x4 will I get for my budget?

Prices for early Subaru Foresters with a diesel engine and lots of miles start at around £5000. Spend a bit more and you will find plenty of low to average mileage petrol examples for between £7500 and £8000. Subaru has a loyal following which helps to keep the values of late, low mileage examples high. A last-of-the-line 2013 diesel model in top-spec XSn spec is £13,000.

Used Subaru Forester (08-13)

How much does it cost to run a Subaru Forester 4x4?

Subaru servicing can be expensive so it is worth checking with your local dealer to find out as a rough guide how much it might be.

The day-to-day running costs are also not cheap if you go for the 2.0-litre petrol engine, because the lack of torque means you need to thrash it. That means that even though it has a combined average of just 37.7mpg, in the real world, you’ll most likely get even less.

If you need reasonable fuel efficiency, then, the diesel is the way to go. A combined average of 47.1mpg is much easier on your bank balance.

Road tax is rather high for petrol Foresters at £280 per year, whereas the diesel is a bit more reasonable, though still not the cheapest, at £190.


Used Subaru Forester (08-13)
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