Virtually 25 years because the introduction of the Mercedes ML55 AMG, there appears little is extra fashionable than the efficiency SUV. Nevertheless, whether or not large, small, petrol, electrical, hybrid or not even four-wheel drive, all of them share one widespread side – value. An excellent SUV definitely isn’t low cost, with even a 200hp Puma ST kicking off at greater than £30k. To get that kind of efficiency and utility for much less cash, you’re going to want to assume slightly in a different way.
After all, older is the apparent technique, however the vaguely inexpensive quick SUV is a reasonably current phenomenon. The Cupra Ateca, for instance, solely arrived on the finish of 2018, and nonetheless instructions greater than £25k. So, as an alternative, right here’s the 140mph SUV that isn’t actually an SUV in any respect – the Subaru Forester XT.
It’s at all times been a tough one to categorise, the Forester. It’s not an property automotive, actually, and Subaru already had Impreza and Legacy wagons to cowl off that demand. Nevertheless it’s not a standard member of the utility sports activities household, both, with its extra car-like silhouette. The Forester is simply form of its personal factor, like so many Subarus are, and now seems useful for somebody wishing to mix all of the attributes of the fashionable high-riding excessive efficiency automotive.
Nicely, largely. No one will ever recommend a Forester is cool, and picture can typically appear a very powerful side of any SUV. It’s going to value a good bit to run by comparability with new stuff, too, with the flat 4 turbo unlikely to return 30mpg and assured to be within the prime tax bracket. Alternatively, it has the facility (230hp) and efficiency (0-62mph in six and a bit seconds) that also seems fairly brisk at this time. A handbook gearbox will probably be welcomed by folks like us, too, even when 5 speeds makes it look very old style.
Plus, in fact, the Forester is four-wheel drive, with some precise off-road capacity that’s typically lacking from extra street centered alternate options. Tyre sidewall doesn’t enchantment within the showroom, nevertheless it’s awfully useful so far as on a regular basis usability goes. And a focus grabbing wouldn’t actually be the Subaru method – STIs however.
Now, as alluded to with final week’s Shed Simply, they’re usually not the most affordable vehicles to run. And this Forester’s 2.5 engine doesn’t have the perfect status on this planet. Encouragingly, nonetheless, greater than £2,000 was spent on this XT final yr to exchange the cambelt and clutch. Furthermore, there’s loads of service historical past with it, and the automotive seems in nice situation for a 15-year-old Subaru with 95,000 miles.
They aren’t vehicles that patrons preserve for finest (they’re too helpful for that), but this one has an inside that also seems good (if a bit primary), first rate paintwork and good wheels as effectively. Even the Subaru branded boot protector may have years of use left in it. There’s one fail in your complete MOT historical past, and that was a dozen years in the past. Which, once more, is spectacular for a automotive designed with utility in thoughts.
We’ve not even obtained to the perfect bit but. This Forester is on the market at simply £5k, which doesn’t look a lot for a automotive of this efficiency, usefulness and area of interest nerd enchantment. An previous Subaru received’t impress the neighbours, nevertheless it’s positive to impress PHers for a short time but. And there received’t be a single month-to-month fee to make.
SPECIFICATION | SUBARU FORESTER XT
Engine: 2,457cc, flat-four turbo
Transmission: 5-speed handbook, four-wheel drive
Energy (hp): [email protected],200rpm
Torque (lb ft): [email protected],800rpm
12 months registered: 2007
Recorded mileage: 95,171
Value new: N/A
Yours for: £5,000