COTY 2010 finalist Subaru Forester

SUBARU FORESTER, from $30,990

... although a total makeover means it is now much more American-centric in everything from cabin size to styling.

The new Forester gets a diesel engine but it's only available as a manual and that hurts in auto-focussed Australia. It promises to drive like a car in the city but work well for weekend excoursions, as well as bringing a higher seating position for older drivers.

Subaru Forester: review