Subaru Forester

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How much does the Subaru Forester cost to run?

The 2.0L petrol is the most economical Subaru Forester to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency.

The Subaru Forester 2.0L petrol costs £160.00 a year to tax, as it sits in tax band F.

It does not far off 44 MPG on average, which means it will cost £13.00* in petrol every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Suzuki Vitara 1.6L diesel and the more thirsty Audi Q3 2.0L petrol.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 23, which is lower than the Audi Q3 2.0L petrol, but higher than the Hyundai Tucson 2.0L petrol. (If insurance cost is important to you then the Suzuki Vitara has the lowest insurance group.)

Engine options

model2.0L petrol
mpg33.2 - 43.5
emissions150 - 197
tax£160.00 - £300.00
insuranceGroup 23 - 34

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

Subaru Forester: How big is the boot?

The Subaru Forester has a below average boot space (505 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This would allow one pushchair and 3 large bags. Alternatively you could load up with 4 large bags or 4 cabin bags instead.

Worth knowing, the Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 7 large bags with its 981 litres.

Is the Subaru Forester easy to park?

While not the absolute narrowest car (that is the Suzuki Jimny), this is in the top third for ease of parking in car parks. Given a typical supermarket space, it will fill three quarters of the space.

If you don’t park in the street that much, then the Forester is fine. It will go in to an average street slot, giving you a gap of 205mm to swing in and out. But if you street park a lot you may want to look at the Suzuki Jimny.

Which Subaru Forester has the best performance?

The fastest Subaru Forester from 0-60, is the 2.0L petrol (if you’re a petrol head, it has 350 lbs/ft torque and 241 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 7.5 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the Audi Q5 2.0L petrol, which will beat your Subaru Forester to 60 by 0.1 seconds. That’s a big gap in Formula 1, but not something you would notice in your commute to work.

Engine options

model2.0L petrol
zeroTo627.5 - 11.8
torque198 - 350
bhp150 - 241

What size caravan or trailer, can the Subaru Forester tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the Subaru Forester 2.0L petrol which has 350 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 2000kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.