The folks over at Spanish publication km77 have put the Subaru Forester through the dreaded Moose Test, with crossover completing the manoeuvre at a higher entrance speed than the Mercedes-AMG A45 S.
In the video below, the all-wheel-drive Forester – here in 2,0-litre hybrid CVT form (a model not offered in South Africa) and wearing Bridgestone Dueler HP Sport rubber in 225/60 R17 size – is subjected to one of the toughest handling tests out there, designed to simulate an animal suddenly running in front of a moving vehicle.
The first attempt performed just below the prescribed entrance speed of 77 km/h saw plenty of understeer and a couple of cones clipped. Eventually, km77’s best successful effort was at an entrance speed of 77 km/h, which is two units faster than the A45 S hot hatch managed.
While the publication points out the Forester isn’t a particularly “nimble” performer (as can been seen in the video), it also says the Japanese crossover “always felt safe and it was easy to handle”.
Watch the video below, which includes a slalom test, to see just how the Forester performed. Take note that the commentary is in Spanish, but has the option of English subtitles...
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