Auto Express - - Winter Driving Special -

SUBARU qui­etly builds some of the most ro­bust SUVS on sale any­where, and has de­vel­oped a small and loyal fol­low­ing off the back of it.

The Forester is a typ­i­cal Subaru prod­uct in that it fea­tures sym­met­ri­cal all-wheel drive and a flat-four ‘boxer’ en­gine to give it a rel­a­tively low cen­tre of grav­ity and ex­cel­lent off-road abil­ity.

On the down­side it’s ex­pen­sive to buy, not ter­ri­bly eco­nom­i­cal and a touch bland to look at and drive. Price range: £26,495-£32,495 Our pick: 2.0D XC (£28,495) En­gine: 2.0-litre 4cyl diesel, 148bhp Trans­mis­sion: 6-spd man­ual, per­ma­nent 4x4 Top speed: 118mph Econ­omy: 47.9mpg CO2: 148g/km

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