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Fuel type Petrol
Engine size 2000
Engine size 1995
Fuel type Diesel
Engine size 1998
Wouldn't it be nice to find a properly capable compact SUV? A car that could walk the walk as well as talking the talk? A car like this one, Subaru's fourth generation Forester. It was launched in 2013, but the version we're looking at here as a potential used car buy is the improved version of this design, introduced in 2015 with minor styling revisions and much improved interior connectivity.
Everything about this design seems to be nicely balanced, from the shape and positioning of its unique 'Boxer' engines to the shape and positioning of its intended clientele. People who want something fashionable, but don't need to make a fashion statement. People who want something tough and rugged, but don't need to tackle the Rubicon Trail. So the smarter styling inside and out will go down as well as the Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system and the X-Mode off road technology. It's all been very carefully thought out.
This improved fourth generation Subaru Forester represents a lot for the money and the infotainment improvements made it feel more up-market inside. It's a car that can cut it off road and one which still delivers all the safety equipment you could ask for on-tarmac, whether you choose the rugged diesel engine or the lusty turbocharged petrol unit. We're less enthusiastic about the unremarkable normally-aspirated petrol unit though.
Overall, the good thing about this MK4 model Forester is that it isn't trying to be a BMW X3 or an Audi Q5. It plays an entirely different game and in that, it's a class act. Look for a lightly-used example that's been serviced on the button and you really can't go far wrong.
Borrowing £7,500 on a Hire Purchase agreement over 48 months, a representative APR of 18.5% and a deposit of £0.00,
the amount repayable would be £216.89 a month, with a total cost of credit of £2,910.72 and a total amount
payable of £10,410.72.
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