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Subaru Forester hybrid boot space & seating

The Subaru Forester hybrid is roomy and functional inside, but there's no seven-seat option

Overall rating

3.0 out of 5

Boot space, seating & practicality rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£34,820 - £37,820
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
LengthWidthHeightBoot volume (seats up/down)
4,625mm2,065mm1,730mm520 / 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 in a cubby at the base of the car’s console – in front of the gearlever – to use 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.

Boot space

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.

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