Not so sure about the more recent Subarus, I think they went a bit "soft" - the Foresters after the generation I have I believe weren't anything like as much fun and were turning into "urban SUVs" rather than the traditional countryside hooning machine
The current outback is probably closer in size to the old Forester, but it isn't a hooning machine. Probably a bit more agile than a Honda CRV though.
rubber band gearbox and single figure mpg was the
reason I ultimately had it refunded
The 2.5 petrol gave about 37mpg on a 100 mile of motorway including coming out of London traffic and then periods of sitting at 80 mph. It's nothing to write home about, but wasn't horrific for a biggish vehicle with permanent 4 wheel drive.
The linear box now has "steps" programmed into it so it behaves more like a traditional auto, but yeah, it's still noticeably different.
I had a deposit down on a 2014 Subaru Forester XT last year. But that rubber band gearbox and single figure mpg was the
reason I ultimately had it refunded. True case of buyers remorse.
Mine has a proper auto box...it's quite tall and does 60 in under 7 seconds . . . mine averages around 27mpg (can get low 30s on a run), although it does much prefer V-Power / Tesco 99 over normal fuel. Given that the 2.5 Focus STs had similar performance and had a similar thirst, despite being 2WD, I don't think the Foz is too bad really.
My beaatie is taller, longer, has a 49 foot turning circle and does about 17mpg if I don't push it but even it can do 0-60 in 6.1 secs. ____________________ Microsoft are a bunch of c unts
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