The Forester’s not a bad car, but its soft suspension failed to deliver the control and stability of the best towcars. At a steady 60mph, it felt stable enough, but started to wander at higher speeds – nothing alarming, but enough to keep drivers on their toes. A definite wobble when slowing from high speeds also undermined confidence, and the soft suspension allowed too much pitching under acceleration and braking.
On the plus side, the strong engine had no trouble hauling car and van to the top of the test hill, and the boot coped with all but one luggage item.
The price may be high, but this is the range-topping model and comes complete with sat-nav and leather upholstery. Economy of 44.1mpg on the combined cycle is good for a 4×4, but owners will need to save at the pumps because the Subaru doesn’t hold its value well.