Its dimensions bear this out: at 176cm, the Land Rover Freelander is a full 16cm taller than the Subaru and 7cm narrower, though the Forester is some 7cm longer at 445cm. Despite this, the Forester's ground clearance is on a par with the Freelander's at 19cm. It adds up to a car of unique character - and value. Starting at just ú16,400 on the road, the Forester boasts full-time four-wheel-drive and a 2-litre engine in a roomy and versatile body at a price that undercuts most rivals: the cheapest five-door Freelander, the 1.8i, costs ú17,995 though the least expensive Honda CR-V, the LS manual, is ú16,120.
Fitted with the 'All Weather Pack' - which includes air conditioning and an electric sunroof - the Forester GLS costs ú18,500.