Is there anything interesting about its design?
The Forester's new larger dimensions make it 'largely' unmissable on the road. It now has a 30mm longer wheelbase than the previous generation. It has an imposing look, leaning into its boxy shape with square bits jutting out all over the place.
There are sculpted lines that swoop across the door panels much like current SUVs, but then it's all chunky at the front. The back, too, seems unresolved, like the brand didn't know what to do with all the extra space allowed by the new dimensions.
It adds up to an exterior visage which sort of looks like a caricature of its former self. Different enough to be ‘new', but not something ‘new' entirely...
Inside there's no question the Forester has ample space, but it's made to feel tighter courtesy of an abundance of chunky dark-coloured switchgear jutting out from everywhere.
There are lots of angles and surfaces to take in on the over-complicated dash centre. It houses a dual-screen set-up, with one 6.5-inch touchscreen embedded in the front, and a second information display deep in the top section.
Combine all that with a small-font instrument cluster and information is coming at you from too many angles.