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Can't afford a Porsche Cayenne Turbo? This is about as fast an SUV as you'll find for under £25k.

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The Subaru Forester avoids the glam detailing of most other soft-roaders and sticks to traditional 4x4 spec

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5 April 2009

Just driven one of these around South African on a mix of surfaces. Very impressive. I wasn't taken with the old 2.0 turbo, which was rather gutless. But the 2.5 is a lovely engine - torquey, and still silky enough to feel like a six (until you hit the limiter, which is quite easy). There's enough ground clearance to do some wading, and it loves gravel roads, even on road tyres (Michelin Primacy 55s). It's no sports car - it understeers at the limit, although playing with tyres pressures may mitigate this. Load bay is rather short. Recommended.

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