Subaru Forester Camper
Standard SUV boot length and height and better width between the wheel arches. This time (and dirt) tested veteran won’t let you down when camping off the road. Well-built and rugged, ready to take you off the beaten path.
NimbleCamper rating: 2.8/5
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- Great Subaru resource (detailed measurements + much more): Cars101.com
- Subaru Forester camping conversion platform for 1199 USD by Compasscamper.com
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Subaru Forester dimensions
Measurements thanks to Joe Spitz – cars101.com
A- rear gate width at bottom of gate 101.6cm / 40″
B- cargo width by rear gate 129.5cm / 51″
C- cargo width by rear gate including side storage bins 127cm / 50″
D- cargo width between wheel wells 107cm / 42″
E- left rear seat width 40,6cm / 16″
F- right rear seat width 63cm / 24.75”
G- cargo with top of wheel wells 119.4cm / 47″
H- rear gate width in middle 109.2cm / 43″
I- rear gate width at top 96.5cm / 38″
J- angle from left rear cargo hook to front of right rear door with passenger seat folded down 203cm / 80″
K- angle from left rear cargo hook to front right (passenger side) cargo hook, with seat up 132.7cm / 52.25″
L- width of gate opening from lower left to upper right 128.3cm / 50.5′
M- cargo floor length to back of rear seats 86.36cm / 34″
N- height of rear seat 44.5cm / 17.5″
O- cargo door height 89cm / 35″
P- cargo floor length to center dash console 259cm / 102″
Q- height center of floor to ceiling 81.3cm / 32″
R- cargo floor length to top of rear seat folded down 152.4cm / 60″ (not to back of front seat, see V)
S- height to bottom of cargo area luggage cover (not shown) 42.5cm / 16.75
T- height to from rear of wheel well to the bottom of the window 52cm / 20.5″
U- length to rear of wheel well 35.5cm / 14″
V- cargo floor length to back of front passenger seat moved all the way forward and upright 200.7cm / 79″
- Average used price, GBP (2015) – I use Carsite.co.uk‘s price aggregates from 2015 (or the nearest possible year if not available), or, if not found, from autoscout24.com. For new cars, I specify the closest possible match (i.e. if released this year, it’s the new price, if released two years ago, it’s the 2-years old price etc). It’s here to give you a benchmark comparison (- a like for like, an apple with an apple) of the value of each car and for filtering purposes. It’s not meant to be used as an accurate estimate of used car value – it is updated once a year, so make sure you know what the car should cost at the time of purchase if you decide to buy one.
- Boot dimensions – taken from various sources across the web, starting with official, supplemented with other reliable websites (like ridc.org.uk), supplemented by user-generated content – images of measurements from forums or social networks. It’s also used for filtering, comparison and to give you a good idea of the car’s suitability for camping.
- Comfort rating – a benchmark used to simplify the car’s comfort & driving score based on equipment, furnishings, handling, safety, and costs ratings from external sources like whatcar.com, carwow.co.uk, autocar.co.uk etc. It gives you an indication of whether the car will drive and feel like a van (low rating) or offer better interior & handling (higher rating). A simple van-like car, for example, a Renault Kangoo is 0.5, a well equipped and comfortable car like a Ford S-Max is a 2. No hard math behind it, just an indicator, f.e. 0.5= basic car that does the job, 1.5 = hey, that’s nice to have!, 2 = oooh, comfyyyy.
- Consumption – I take the average 2017 consumption or closest match from Fuelly.com, or if none is available, from other sources like honestjohn.co.uk. If there are not enough cars for a single year, an average for several years is calculated.
- NimbleCamper rating – a weighted score of boot length (45% weight), boot height (40%), consumption (10%) and comfort (5%). The logic of weighing length & height higher than consumption and comfort is – headroom is important when you sleep in the back of the car, so is the length. A comfy ride is a factor, but you can sleep in a big car that’s not that comfy, however, it’s much harder to camp/sleep in a comfy car that’s too small. Read more about the NimbleCamper rating and criteria here.
- a note for EVs (electric vehicles) – for consumption, I am using the Fuel Equivalent Consumption estimate by ev-database.org. It is usually much lower than combustion engines, giving EVs an advantage – which I think is fair. They do have a small disadvantage in terms of having to plan your trips around charging stations + longer waiting time, but that will get better over time. More charging stations, faster chargers and better batteries. Therefore I am not adjusting the calculation for EVs in any way.
- In short: a litre of petrol contains about 8.9 kWh of energy. If we divide the energy consumption of an EV by this (f.e. 16 kWh/100 km divided by 8.9 kWh/litre), we get equivalent fuel consumption of 1.8 l/100 km.
- EV stats – taken from ev-database.org