Which used Subaru Forester 4x4 should I buy?
Your choice is limited to just two engines, but if you like having money in your account at the end of the month and you need to drive a lot, you’ll need to go for the diesel. It feels a lot faster than the petrol version and it is by far the most popular engine.
Standard spec on all models is good, and includes climate control, cruise control, self-levelling suspension, six airbags and stability control.
X spec cars miss out on roof rails, but XC gets those along with bigger alloy wheels, a sunroof and parking sensors. XS adds luxury items like leather seats and XSn has sat nav. XS and XSn aren’t worth paying too much more for over an XC because those leather seats don’t sit well with the cheap plastics used throughout the interior of the Forester, and you’ll probably find your phone has a better sat nav system than the in-built Subaru unit. Stick with XC for the best value.
Our favourite Subaru Forester: 2.0D XC