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Subaru Forester vs Subaru XV

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Subaru Forester
Subaru Forester

$37,890 - $50,140

2024 price

Subaru XV
Subaru XV

$26,990 - $39,990

2021 price


2024 Subaru Forester
2021 Subaru XV
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Engine Type

Flat 4, 2.0L
Fuel Type

Unleaded Petrol
Fuel Efficiency

7.0L/100km (combined)

  • Traditional interior design feels old compared to rivals
  • Engine could be more powerful
  • Sparse amenities in back row

  • Thrashy 2.0L engine
  • Hybrid not super efficient
  • Small boot
2024 Subaru Forester Summary

There is a plethora of medium SUVs to choose from in our market, so what will make you notice the Subaru Forester 2.5i-S?

It's second from the top for the (petrol) Forester line-up, has a decidedly spacious cabin, and probably most importantly, an affordable price point! 

It has some tough rivals, like the practical Nissan X-Trail, which you can now get with seven seats and the feature-heavy Skoda Karoq

Australia’s darling, the Toyota RAV4, is also a contender. So, should you make like the snow fields and join forces with this Subaru?

I’ve been driving it with my family of three to find out for you.

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2021 Subaru XV Summary

Subaru has always been a good fit for Australia.

Since the '90s, when the brand made a big splash with its rally derived Impreza and Liberty, Subaru’s rugged appeal has suited Australia’s tough conditions and recreationally adventurous buyers.

Cars like the Forester and Outback solidified the brand’s place amongst SUVs before SUVs were really a thing, and the XV is the logical progression of the Impreza range, slotting nicely into the brand's offerings of lifted all-wheel-drive wagons.

It’s been a few years since the XV launched, however, so can its latest 2021 update keep it in the fight in a quickly evolving and notoriously competitive segment against many newer rivals? We’ve taken a look at the whole range to find out.

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