Subaru Forester Car Reviews

The Subaru Forester is a medium 4x4 which offers loads of practicality. It boasts a spacious cabin, has grip comparable to other 4X4s and boasts performance figures that could beat many hot hatches.

Price Range: £-1 - £-1
Insurance Groups: N/A - N/A
MPG Range: N/A - N/A
Score: 3.5/5
Huge boot
Plentiful equipment
Dodgy handling
Not very eye catching
Stay away from petrol engine

Latest Subaru Forester Car Reviews:

Subaru Forester 2.0 XS 5dr - March 2012
The Subaru Forester 2.0 XS 5dr offers plenty of equipment, a spacious cabin and rock-solid build quality. The 2.0-litre engine is gutless but the Forester handles well.
Subaru Forester 2.0D X 5dr - March 2012
The Subaru Forester 2.0D X 5dr offers a high quality 4x4 driving experience at a low price. The car loses to class leaders in a couple of areas, but that does not stop it from being one of the best...
Subaru Forester 2.0D XS NavPlus 5dr - March 2012
The Subaru Forester does a lot of things well, but doesn’t really excel in most areas, apart from the excellent level of equipment which is really very impressive. However, these gadgets and luxur...

Subaru Forester Overview

The only thing that was missing in previous years with the Forester was a diesel engine option. With the latest incarnation however, a 2.0 litre diesel powered engine was introduced. Depending on the engine the Forester can be capable of 45.0 mpg.

The Forester’s exterior design looks tough and rugged yet the inside maintains the proportions of a family estate. There are definite signs that the Forester has been designed with off-road capabilities, such as the large headlamps, roof rails and extra space in the wheel arches.


The original Forester launched in 1997 and enjoyed a loyal following among farmers and tradesmen. In 2002 a makeover made it more enticing to the 4x4 crowd.

The first generation model (1997-2002) was built on the popular Impreza platform and was placed in between the Impreza and the Legacy in terms of size and price. It was replaced by the second generation model in 2002 which was again based on an Impreza platform. It initially achieved a four star rating according to ANCAP’s safety test, but after an update in 2005, this was improved upon to a five star safety rating.

The third generation model arrived in 2008 and has since received a facelift in 2011, the facelift consisted of a new rear spoiler for the XT model, and a new grill.

Subaru’s interior quality has improved quite a bit in recent years. More recent Forester models boast much higher levels of comfort than past models. Rear seats fold completely flat and collapse for added versatility.


The Subaru Forester is a decent all rounder which can perform both on and off-road. It’s a versatile vehicle which offers a good set of engines with the newer models.

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