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.