On the road

Country Life Every Week - - In The Driving Seat -

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sat­nav looks as if it’s 10 years out of date, but works per­fectly.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.

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