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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Subaru Forester

Overall verdict
Not as refined as a Freelander, but a hard-working, honest car that will never let you down


Good ride/handling balance, workhorse reputation, off-road prowess


Unfocussed Turbo, slow electric tailgate, plastics


What is it?

Another SUV that isn’t really an SUV. The Forester is a chunky looking tool that loves fieldwork, but the distinctly low-key styling means it’s unlikely to get the anti-4x4 lobby frothing at the mouth. Weirdly, only the diesel models have a bonnet scoop – a sign that it’s nothing like as exciting as the original version, which was basically an Impreza WRX on taller springs. Fast farmers loved it, but if we’re being honest, this new version makes more sense for more people. Think of it as a rival for the Toyota RAV4, with a little more rustic kudos.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.0 XT 5dr Lineartronic
7.5s 197g/km 33.2 241 £30,740
The cheapest
2.0 XE 5dr
10.6s 160g/km 40.9 150 £25,940
The greenest
2.0D XC 5dr
9.9s 148g/km 49.6 147 £28,240
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