THE FACTS AND FIGURES
IT IS: Longer but still tidy at 190 inches (4.6m) with renowned 4x4 system and 2-litre boxer petrol and diesel engines. Carries the latest EuroNCAP five star crash safety rating.
BEST BUY: At £24,995, the X grade diesel price leader has 145bhp and a useful 258lb-ft of torque. Air conditioning, alloys, roof rails, trailer stability control, hill-holder clutch, heated mirrors are supplied. You do not get the fast-drop rear seat release at this price.
OR: A second-hand Mk 3 Forester.
RUGGED: The mostly all-new Forester is longer, wider, lower and roomier – it seats five in comfort.