Forester pricing sits in the £27,000 to £31,000 bracket. Unusually, it's the diesel rather than the petrol version that represents the most affordable way into this car, though that's only because the base diesel variant forgoes some of the equipment you'll find on all petrol models. The CVT Lineartronic automatic transmission is a £1,500 option on both petrol and diesel variants and is standard on the XT petrol turbo model. Unlike its competitors, Subaru doesn't offer a 2WD option, so all models get the Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system that's better engineered than almost anything you'll find on the soft roading competition.
If, having considered all of this, you conclude that is is a Forester you really want, then whichever of the All-Wheel-Drive 2.0-litre Boxer-engined models you choose - base petrol, diesel or petrol XT turbo - you should find your car to be decently equipped. All models get automatic air conditioning, 17"" alloy wheels, roof rails, front foglamps, heated electric mirrors, a four-speaker stereo system with USB and auxiliary audio input jack, Bluetooth 'phone connectivity and Hill Start Assist to stop you from drifting backwards on uphill junctions.