SMOOTH RUNNING

“You feel ride 100 percent of the time, but need handling maybe 10 percent of the time”

Ian Gibson, Kangaroo Point, Qld

“If you lament the loss of great ride quality in modern cars, then welcome to Subaru country” (Soft Serve, SUV megatest, June). Having regularly driven a third-gen Subaru Forester, I can confirm it rides over manhole covers, potholes and speed humps in the suburbs with aplomb.

Far too many new vehicles have an unacceptably harsh low-speed ride, and this is a deal-breaker for me. You feel the ride 100 percent of the time, but require handling perhaps 10 percent of the time. Anything else is just misguided marketing over-riding good design for tyre and suspension specification and calibration.

“You feel ride 100 percent of the time, but need handling maybe 10 percent of the time”