On the road
Subaru Forester 2.0D XC Premium Priced from £32,180 Annual Road Fund Licence £500 (for cars registered after April 1, 2017) Combined fuel consumption 46.3mpg Power 147bhp 0–60mph 9.9sec (estimated) Top speed 116mph
satnav looks as if it’s 10 years out of date, but works perfectly.
The audio and phone interface blinks into life with amusementarcade graphics, but is as good a system as I’ve used. The plastics are all a bit melted-down Athens taxi, but, then again, you can hose or sponge the mud and dog hair off them.
For someone prepared to buck the trend and drive a Scooby Forester instead of the more urbane alternatives, I doubt you could find a better real-life country vehicle for the money. In Australia and New Zealand, where SUV consumption is dictated less by fashion than the need to not break down in the Outback, these things are everywhere. Nuff said.