Subaru Forester hybrid practicality & boot space
The Subaru Forester e-Boxer 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 and useful inside, with loads of room for four adults to sit very comfortably, and 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’s no seven-seat option for the Forester e-Boxer like you get in some non-electrified alternatives such as the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Skoda Kodiaq.
Subaru Forester hybrid interior space, storage & comfort
The Forester has loads of room for two adults to get comfortable in the back seats, and the big windows and low waistline of the car make let loads of light in and ensure good visibility out. A central storage cubby under the front armrest makes for an ideal place to put your phone or other loose gubbins.
However, you have to plug your phone into the USB input tucked into a cubby at the base of the car’s console – in front of the gearlever – to use it with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. That's a bit annoying, as it leaves the phone and cable exposed. There are doorbins in every door that’ll take a bottle, and cup-holders all round 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 there’s a durable, washable rubber lining available as an option. The 60:40 split-folding rear seats fold flat very easily, too, so you can load a long item in if you need to. A Toyota RAV4 has a bigger boot, but the Forester is still one of the most practical five-seater SUVs you can get in this class.
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 costsThe Subaru Forester e-Boxer hybrid's five-year warranty and reputation for reliability are big incentives, 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 e-Boxer hybrid is king of this class
- 5Interior & comfortThe Subaru Forester e-Boxer hybrid is well equipped, if rather dated-looking inside
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingThe Subaru Forester e-Boxer hybrid is roomy and functional inside, but there's no seven-seat option
- 7Reliability & safetyThe Subaru Forester e-Boxer hybrid boasts class-leading driver aids and a great crash safety rating, but there's no spare wheel