There’s no doubt the Subaru Forester is a tough and durable car, solidly built and able to withstand anything a family can throw at it, but it’s easy to find something much more stylish
On the one hand the updated-for-2016 interior is a huge step in the right direction. On the other, compared to rivals with their plush materials and dashboards that were actually styled, the Subaru looks quite drab and unimaginative. Step from it into a VW Tiguan and you’ll feel like you’ve jumped back a decade.
Despite the hard plastics and unattractive fascia, it’ll weather anything thrown at it by children and pets. Most of the controls are sensibly located and easy to use, although they are not as tactile as those found in competitors.
Space in the back is huge and the seats are comfy
The new infotainment system with a seven–inch touchscreen is another huge improvement for the Forester, but no better than the systems that have been fitted to rivals for years.