Subaru Forester hybrid boot space & seating
The Subaru Forester hybrid is roomy and functional inside, but there's no seven-seat option
|Length||Width||Height||Boot volume (seats up/down)|
|4,625mm||2,065mm||1,730mm||520 / 1,779 litres|
The Subaru Forester hybrid is spacious inside, with loads of room for four adults to sit comfortably. There's a big, well-shaped boot with a low-load lip that'll keep the dogs or other boot-bound livestock happy. One downside is that there isn’t a seven-seat option for the Forester e-Boxer as you get in some non-electrified alternatives such as the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Skoda Kodiaq.
Subaru Forester hybrid interior space, storage & comfort
Two six-foot adults can fit easily in the back seats, and the big windows and low waistline of the car let loads of light in and ensure good visibility out for children to avoid feeling car sick. A central storage cubby under the front armrest is ideal for putting your phone or other loose items.
However, the USB input to connect your phone to the screen using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto is hidden in a cubby at the base of the car's console, in front of the gearlever. That's annoying because it leaves the phone and cable exposed. Every door has enough storage to take a water bottle, and there are cup-holders all around as well.
The Forester's boot is a good size and shape, with a low-load lip that makes it easy to lug big items or lazy dogs into the car, and you can add a durable, washable rubber lining to maximise its versatility.
The 60:40 split-folding rear seats fold flat very easily, so you can load longer items in if needed. A Ford Kuga, Kia Sportage, and Toyota RAV4 have even bigger boots, but the Forester is still a practical five-seat SUV.
The Forester can tow a braked trailer or caravan weighing up to 1,870kg – more than the Kuga and Sportage can manage. However, it's a very noisy tow car getting up to speed, and its soft suspension could do a better job of controlling the additional mass of the caravan. Find out more about towing with hybrid and electric cars here.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe all-wheel-drive Subaru Forester e-Boxer hybrid is great off-road and comfortable on-road, but its price is quite hard to justify
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsYou’d expect better efficiency, despite the Subaru Forester e-Boxer hybrid's size and off-road credentials
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe Subaru Forester hybrid's reputation for reliability are big plus points, but company-car and other tax costs are high
- 4Engines, drive & performancePerformance is a bit weak on the road, but once you head off it, the Subaru Forester hybrid is king of this class
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe Subaru Forester e-Boxer hybrid is well equipped, if rather dated-looking inside
- 6Boot space, seating & practicality - currently readingThe Subaru Forester hybrid is roomy and functional inside, but there's no seven-seat option
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Subaru Forester hybrid boasts class-leading driver aids and a great crash safety rating, but there's no spare wheel