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Puzzling over diesel/petrol specification differences

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: April 11, 2013

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The new Subaru Forester will cost from £24,995 on the road when it goes on sale in May, but a question mark hangs over the difference in specification between petrol and diesel models.

However, the trim level nomenclature differs from petrol models to diesels, with petrol trim levels identified as XE, XE Premium and XT, while diesel versions can be ordered as X, XC or X Premium.

Subaru has confirmed prices across the range as the fourth-generation go-anywhere SUV approaches its showroom debut. The entry price will be for a 2.0-litre diesel X model.

The differences in price between the relative options suggest petrol models may be better equipped. From the entry price, an extra £500 buys the 2.0-litre petrol XE model, and while the same engine in XE Premium trim and with a CVT automatic gearbox costs the same £28,995 as the highest-spec diesel, XT is a unique trim grade only available with a petrol engine and CVT transmission, at £30,999.

There are two points in the range at which an automatic petrol model is the same price as a manual diesel, hinting that the specifications may be similar despite the difference in lettering.

Subaru will release further details later this month.

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