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Subaru Forester Review

November 24, 2015

Rolling onto our radar this week is the Subaru Forester. Hitting the roads in 1997, the Forester was arguably the first of the family crossover cars – and now in its fourth generation, we want to see why this ruggedly styled crossover SUV continues to cause a stir in its class.

Join us as we dive into a full Subaru Forester review, to find out all you need to know about performance, design, features and finance!

Subaru Forester

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While the boxy, estate-like body might not be the most stylish in its class, the Subaru Forester more than makes up for it in terms of practicality – thanks to its robust and rugged construction.

Climb inside the cabin and the simplistic layout, coupled with tall windows, gives the interior a  light, airy feel. With practicality at the heart of its design, the huge 505 litre boot can be easily extended to 1,582 litres with a single-touch rear seat folding mechanism. On top of this, there are plenty of large storage bins conveniently dotted throughout – providing ample space for your in-car essentials.


Depending on your engine preference, you’ll have the choice of the X, XC and XC Premium for diesels and XE, XE Premium and XT for the petrol engines. While the entry level X comes with basic kit, opt for the XE or XC and above, and all models come with an eight-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, dual-zone air conditioning, automatic windscreen wipers, electric folding door mirrors and a sunroof.

For an added touch of class, the XE Premium and XC Premium models – as well as the XT – come kitted with leather upholstery and a Sat Nav system as standard.

Performance & Handling

The Subaru Forester is an incredibly capable car both on and off-road. Fitted with four-wheel drive, it’s reliable and robust on any driving terrain – and the sharp and sporty handling make it an exciting and responsive ride.

Sprinting from 0-62mph in 9.9 seconds, the 145bhp 2.0 litre diesel engine will return 49mpg – and CO2 emissions of 148g/km mean annual road tax will be a pricey £145. If you’re more of a petrol head, there are two engines to choose from. There’s a 148bhp 2.0 litre, or if performance is paramount, the quickest is the 238bhp turbocharged version in the XT – but speed comes at a price, and the running costs are significantly steeper than other models in the lineup.

Subaru Finance

Subaru Forester

Original image by M 93

For a robust, reliable and incredibly practical family crossover, the Subaru Forester is the perfect travelling companion. With a Subaru Forester for sale from £24,995 and help with Subaru finance from the Car Loan Warehouse, you could be driving away in one sooner than you think. Discover your finance options today with a quick quote from our online car finance calculator.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.