Note that this is the non-turbo 2.5i Forester.
As my readers will know the turbo 2.0 litre version of this car is a much better unit for folk who like the ‘drive’ feel of their cars. Apart from the 2.0 litre XT turbo version having better performance from the dual-scroll turbo it has: the firmer and flatter ‘sports’ suspension; as well as the high-torque version of the award winning CVT transmission.
Even so, all models of the 2014 Forster have better suspension feel and ride than the Gen 3/2007 series Foresters. So if you test drove a Gen 3 before the Gen 4 came out (early last year) then you really cannot judge how much better the Gen 4 is on the road.
I have done a number of postings at this site about the Gen 4 Forester. There are postings leading up to my final decision to buy one, then following that there are a number of postings after I bought it. And I am likely to do a few more as I confirm the good points and probably, at the end, complain about some of the bad points.