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Subaru Forester (2013–)

Last updated 13 May 2019

Dimensions
Length 4595 mm
Width 1795 mm
Height 1735 mm
Wheelbase 2640 mm
Boot Space 1577 L

Full specifications

Interior

The cabin of the Subaru Forester, while perfectly practical, lacks the flair and luxurious feel of some similarly-priced cars like the Volkswagen Tiguan. It’s solidly made and uses sturdy materials, but the switches and minor controls feel like they would better fit a budget car and they’re not the only issue with the cabin.

Atop the dashboard is a screen that displays the current or average economy, plus there is another display in the instrument binnacle showing eco information, a clock and some other details - and there is yet another screen for audio and navigation. It all looks cluttered and confusing.

The rear seats offer ample head and leg room while the 505-litre boot is big enough for typical family jobs like shopping trips, holidays or carrying pushchairs – though the load deck is quite high off the ground. Folding the rear seats frees up a total of 1593 litres of boot space, but the seat backs don’t fold completely flat, which can make sliding big, heavy items in quite difficult.

Up front, despite its flaws, the Forester is a very comfortable car. There is plenty of adjustment in the seat and visibility is good, plus there are creature comforts like air conditioning as standard. There are three 12V sockets, so everyone can keep their gadgets charged and there are decent door pockets and storage areas.

A touchscreen system is standard and comes with USB/Bluetooth connectivity for streaming music or making calls, plus there is a standard reversing camera and even heated seats. Higher trim levels gain navigation, a power tailgate and leather upholstery.

The trim structure is slightly confusing, with different equipment levels for different engines. XE and XE Premium are reserved for the 150PS petrol, while XC and XC Premium trim levels are reserved for diesel variants. The XT trim level is only available with the most powerful 241PS petrol engine and CVT automatic transmission.

Standard equipment

XE and XC models come with 17-inch alloy wheels, auto wipers, auto lights, heated door mirrors, dual-zone air conditioning, electric windows, heated power adjustable seats, cruise control, Starlink touchscreen system Bluetooth, USB connectors, reversing camera, roof rails and a roof spoiler.

XE Premium and XC Premium gain navigation and leather upholstery.

XT gains 241PS petrol engine with Lineartronic transmission, sports styling along with 18-inch alloy wheels.

List Price from £25,380
Buy new from £24,046
Contract hire from £426.34 per month
 

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