Subaru Forester

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Bridging the divide between a compact, four-wheel drive estate and a fully-fledged SUV is the Subaru Forester, or to be more precise, four generations of it so far since the first appeared in the UK back in 1997. 

  • Subaru Forester (08-12)
  • Subaru Forester (02-08)
  • Subaru Forester (97-03)

Bridging the divide between a compact, four-wheel drive estate and a fully-fledged SUV is the Subaru Forester, or to be more precise, four generations of it so far since the first appeared in the UK back in 1997. 

It’s a concept rivals were slow to catch onto but when they did they tended to make their versions look more overtly like regular 4x4s. Like the Audi Q3 is similar to an A3 underneath and the Ford Kuga isn’t dissimilar to its Focus sibling, the Forester shares much of its hardware with the Subaru Impreza. That first generation even shared its dashboard. 

All Subaru Foresters feature the firm’s AWD four-wheel drive system and ‘boxer’ engines – imagine a ‘V’ formation engine with the angle between the cylinders widened out to 180 degrees.

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Most Popular New and Used Model Reviews

Subaru Forester Estate 2013 on

3 out of 5
Subaru Forester Estate 2013 on

New price range:
£32,700 - £35,200

Used price range:
£6,102 - £28,363

Improved fuel efficiency
Genuine off-road ability
Towing capacity
Reliable
Dull interior
Plenty of competition
Petrol engine noisy with CVT gearbox

Subaru Forester Estate 1997 - 2003

4 out of 5
Subaru Forester Estate 1997 - 2003

New price range:
£15,495 - £22,945

Used price range:
£407 - £2,647

Nice to drive; good value; generous equipment
Looks like a dreary estate car.

Subaru Forester Estate 2008 - 2012

2.5 out of 5
Subaru Forester Estate 2008 - 2012

New price range:
£23,120 - £30,820

Used price range:
£1,994 - £7,481

Spacious interior, capable off road, strong diesel engine available
Wallowy ride, bland and dated cabin, limited engine choice, anonymous looks

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