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Subaru Forester Estate running costs and reliability

2002 - 2008 (change model)
Running costs rating: 3 out of 53.0

Written by Ben Wall Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.
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Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 25 - 33 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.
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It does retain its value well, and Subaru has recently slashed its parts prices by 50%. But insurance and fuel prices are quite high and there is no diesel option for those seeking better economy.

Forester is a polluting model. With an average of 227 g/km CO2 across the range, its emissions are a little high for a large 4×4. It’s worth noting that the line-up does not feature any diesel models, which typically produce less carbon dioxide than petrol engines with similar power outputs. The range is quite thirsty, averaging 29 mpg.

Subarus were prized by rural owners for their dependability long before anyone thought of going rallying in one, and the Forester continues this tradition. Some of the materials may seem rather cheap looking compared to the more upmarket European rivals, but they are durable.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax £365 - £675
Insurance group 21 - 35
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