Subaru Forester -

Used Car Review

Subaru Forester, front
Subaru Forester
Subaru Forester, side
Subaru Forester, rear
Subaru Forester, interior
Subaru Forester, boot

IF you need the capability of a 4x4 in a smaller and more car-like package, the Subaru Forester could be ideal.

Many 4x4s are big and chunky and that makes them thirsty and slow, so although buyers like the idea of one, they rarely get further than looking.

It is good to feel that you have all that metal around you with one of the big ones, but the Forester still has some of that feel, while being much easier to drive and manoeuvre.

The good looking, chunky estate built between 2008 and 12 is easy to drive and should you need the towing or all-wheel drive ability, it's brilliant in the Subaru tradition.

Engines are 2.0-litre petrol with 147bhp, or 2.0-litre turbo diesel with 144bhp and this is the one to go for. It forms a large majority of the secondhand examples on offer.

Drive is permanent to all four wheels, giving huge peace of mind even in difficult conditions on the road.

I remember taking the diesel version up into the hills one winter and it easily handled steep slopes, deep snow drifts and everything else I came across.

Both engines drive through a six-speed manual gearbox and there is also a six-speed automatic available, but only with the petrol.

The 2.0-litre turbodiesel has the same 'flat four' layout as its petrol brother giving a unique sound and great smoothness.

It has plenty of punch for overtaking and can easily keep up with the flow on the motorway.The ride is comfortable over all surfaces, and while there is some roll in corners, grip and roadholding are generally good.

The interior is a good size, and owners really value the huge size of the boot and the 60/40 split fold back seat.

Trims are X, XC and XS, with a couple of special editions, and equipment in the middle XC includes climate, alarm, alloys, audio remote and cruise.

FAST FACTS

Price: Pay about £8,600 for a '10 10-reg X, or £11,400 for a ‘12 12-reg XC

Mechanical: 144bhp, 1,998cc, 4cyl diesel engine driving four wheels via 6-speed manual gearbox

Max Speed: 116mph

0-62mph: 10.4 seconds

Combined MPG: 47

Insurance Group: 23

C02 emissions: 155g/km

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