Which used Subaru Forester 4x4 should I buy?
We’d steer clear of the 2.0-litre petrol engined-car, because it lacks sufficient shove for a car of this size. It's also very loud under any acceleration and you’ll be frequently stopping at the fuel pumps. We’d also avoid the higher-powered petrol, because it’s very thirsty and rather noisy and its character doesn’t really suit the Forester.
We’d acutally pick the 2.0-litre diesel. This is a much better performer than the lower-powered petrol and has a decent amount of performance, even from low revs, which is useful if you plan on towing. It is quite an unpleasantly noisy engine when accelerating, though, and the automatic gearbox tends to hang on to high revs unnecessarily.
Trims start off with the XC/XE, and we’d pick this, because it makes most sense financially. Electrically heated and folding door mirrors, automatic lights, cruise control, electric windows and 17in alloy wheels are fitted on the outside. Inside there is dual-zone climate control, an electrically adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats and Subaru's Starlink infotainment system complete with a 7.0in touchscreen display, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, a DAB radio and a rear-view camera.