Subaru is renowned for the safety, capability and reliability of its range of SUVs – but which is the best choice for you?
We constantly strive to build cars that are Better Where It Matters. So Forester, Outback and XV all boast exceptional credentials, and are fitted with a host of advanced safety features as standard.
In fact, for the second year running, Subaru has been voted Best Manufacturer for Safety Features in the 2020 Driver Power survey, the UK’s number one car ownership poll. Subaru was also voted 3rd best manufacturer overall in a fiercely competitive field of 30 of the world’s biggest car brands.
All three Subaru SUVs hold the maximum 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating and all come with EyeSight driver assist technology fitted as standard. This acts like a second pair of eyes on the road – to help keep you and your passengers protected, informed and safe at all times.
We know that how your car handles and performs in different road and weather conditions is key to driver confidence. So all Subaru SUVs also feature a range of engineering and technology innovations that are specifically designed to enhance safety, capability and reliability, as well as the overall driving experience. These include the unique Boxer engine used by Subaru, our always-on Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (SAWD) system, and X-MODE with Hill Descent Control technology – all of which combine to make our SUVs both supremely capable and superbly reliable.
These advanced technologies are common across our range of SUVs (they’re what makes a Subaru a Subaru). So your decision about the best SUV for you is likely to depend on the essential differences between each of three options.
Start by thinking about which type of Subaru SUV would best suit your lifestyle… Have you got a dog? Kids? Lots of outdoor and leisure gear? All three? And where do you live and drive? Do you need to be able to cope with occasional flooding, muddy tracks and crumbling, potholed roads? Or are you looking for weekend getaway opportunities after putting in the majority of your miles around town or on the motorway?
Now, let’s take a closer look at the key attributes and features of each model:
Forester is arguably Subaru’s best-known SUV – our original ‘go anywhere’ utility vehicle, evolved and refined over the years to offer space and comfort to suit every lifestyle. It’s now also Subaru’s first self-charging hybrid SUV – with an e-BOXER engine that gives you full adventuring ability with the added benefits of battery-based power. And all without the need to plug in to recharge.
The Subaru Forester e-BOXER is a good towing vehicle, with 1,870kg capacity and the battery adding torque. As you might imagine, with ground clearance of 220mm, it’s also an excellent choice for off-roading requirements. Forester is enduringly popular within farming and veterinary communities, as well as among Subaru owners who live in countryside locations (remote or otherwise), who often find themselves needing to negotiate local floods, icy roads and snow drifts. Others enjoy the ability to use Forester for outdoor adventures every weekend, all year round. Whatever your own driving needs, you can rely on Forester to comfortably and safely tackle all terrain and weather conditions with ultimate ease.
Forester e-BOXER also comes with our most sophisticated safety features fitted as standard and is considered by industry experts to have superior safety credentials. It was named ’Best in Class 2019 in the Small Off-Road/MPV Class’ in the Euro NCAP 2019 safety performance test (achieving outstanding scores in all four assessment areas) and also registered the highest ever score in its category in the Child Occupant Protection test.
Forester features a multitude of active and passive safety technologies to ensure it always provides a reassuringly safe driving experience for you and your loved ones. In addition to our advanced EyeSight driver assist technology, Forester comes with a Driver Monitoring System, Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection (including Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert), Reverse Automatic Braking and Side View Monitor.
Outback is our rugged crossover estate – offering exceptional space, plus full SUV capabilities. Whether you’re piling in the luggage for a week on the road or packing gear for a weekend of exploration, it’s perfect for family road trips and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
Ready for anything, anywhere, the Subaru Outback offers refinement and comfort for high-mileage drivers, delivering superb safety and effortless capability on every type of journey. With 200mm ground clearance, it copes easily with challenges presented by uneven ground and small floods. It’s also a great choice if you need to tow a caravan, trailer or boat, with the highest towing capacity (up to 2,000kg) of all our SUVs.
As with all Subaru SUVs, Outback comes with a comprehensive range of premium safety features fitted as standard. EyeSight driver assist technology is complemented by Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection (including Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert), Front and Side View Monitor, and a Reversing Camera.
XV is Subaru’s compact crossover – with all the SUV attributes and driveability you need to confidently tackle any rough terrain you might come across on your adventures. Bold and sporty-looking, XV is the smallest of Subaru’s SUVs. But it’s perfectly happy to punch above its weight, with a range of features that leaves many of its competitors eating dust.
Available as an e-BOXER self-charging hybrid or with a 1.6L petrol engine, the Subaru XV matches Forester for our highest ground clearance – a class-leading 220mm – making it an ideal option for buyers looking for rugged SUV styling and capabilities in a smaller, crossover vehicle. The result is a car that’s as sure-footed and reliable in urban settings as it is in the countryside. A great choice for confidently navigating rough tracks and all the adventure you can handle (when you’re not using it to conquer the daily commute or school run).
XV and XV e-BOXER also come with an impressive range of premium safety features – fitted as standard alongside our innovative EyeSight driver assist technology. These include Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection (including Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert) and a Reversing Camera.
Defying convention and challenging the norm, Subaru thrives on rising to the challenge of leading where others can only follow. Visit any Subaru UK dealership and see for yourself what it is that sets our vehicles apart (you can also explore a range of attractive finance offers).
Contact your local Subaru dealer, and you’ll be able to book a test drive in the Subaru SUV of your choice – or three separate test drives if you still need to decide…
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