Former Top Gear ‘Stig’ test drives the Subaru Forester

Former Top Gear ‘Stig’ test drives the Subaru Forester


This is Subaru’s latest
incarnation of its all terrain
SUV, The Forester. The Forester already has a
fearsome reputation for its off-road capability but this forth generation model
has even more updates and improvements over its
predecessor. As ever with Subaru, it has a
superb, symmetrical all-wheel drive system that
gives you the grip and the traction to tackle any
road surface. The Forester has a reputation of
a go anywhere work horse and that remains with this
sturdy cabin and plenty of space in the boot. A clever towing assist function
as well as this handy reversing camera add to
the list of driver aids but the true stand out if the
X-Mode system. When you’re in X-Mode, the on-board computer
coordinates the throttle, transmission and the all-wheel
drive system to really suit whatever
conditions you’re in. In this case, a ridiculously steep incline. It sends power to the tyres that
have got the grip to absorb it One of the trickiest challenges
when you’re driving off-road is negotiating your way down
steep hills or slippery slopes. As part of the X-Mode system, this Forester has a hill descent
mode which allows you to tackle
slopes like this one with relative ease. One of the easiest way to lose
control when you’re going down a steep slope like this is by
being overzealous with the brake pedal but the X-Mode controls the
braking for me, sending force to the tyres with
the most grip to handle it, so my feet are literally off the
pedals. All you gotta do is steer in the
right direction then you arrive safely at the
bottom and then what a way to be rewarded. The Forester is purpose built
for the tough conditions these stunning rural locations
can present you with and the X-Mode is really superb and it enables drives, of all
skill levels, to take on whatever the
countryside has to throw at you and its equally strong on the
road. So this really is an SUV that
can take you anywhere.