Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Although Subaru has a rich heritage in the World Rally Championship, it would be unfair to assume everything it makes will be fun to drive. Even still, prospective thrill-seekers will feel a little short-changed with the Forester, because it really disappoints with its ride and handling.
With four-wheel drive as standard, there’s plenty of grip available, and it’s also decent off road, but the steering is spongy and slow. True, the soft suspension is good at taking the sting out of bumps, but it has a very fidgety ride at all speeds. On top of this, the Forester’s body leans heavily in bends, dives under braking and generally bounces around over most surfaces.