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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Subaru Forester review.

Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
Subaru Forester (02-08) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

Quality, reliability, car-like to drive.

CONS

No diesel engine.

At a glance

New price £16,840 - £26,150
Used price £550 - £4,205
Fuel economy 25 - 33 mpg
Road tax cost £300 - £555
Insurance group 21 - 35 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Quality, reliability, car-like to drive.

CONS

No diesel engine.

Subaru Forester rivals

Honda
HR-V
3 out of 5 3.0

The Forester won't seduce you with its looks, lacking the high performance posturing of the Impreza WRX, the imposing bulk of a proper off-roader or the sophistication of an Audi Allroad. However its compromises are also its strength, for it is far better to drive than almost any off-roader and more practical than most normal cars. It won't deal with serious off-road driving, but will cope with towing jetskis out of the water or traversing muddy fields.

The biggest downside is the lack of any diesel option. A new 2.5-litre engine was added in 2004 and the range was facelifted later that same year.

Subaru Forester rivals

Honda
HR-V
3 out of 5 3.0