What is it?
Could the Subaru Tribeca be the manufacturer's answer to the Porsche Cayenne? The car that will finance the continued development of the enthusiasts’ models?
The similarities look uncanny: new corporate face rather ungainly grafted onto SUV body; a reliance on petrol power and an unwillingness to deviate for the brand’s core requirement for taught handling.
What is it like?
Other than the rather indiscreet face the most noticeable thing about the Tribeca is its length: it's longer than anything in the class except the preposterously large Audi Q7.
Yet the packaging disappoints: the driver sitting so far back in the cabin that space and access for the optional third row seating is no better than average. Elsewhere, the cabin is a marked improvement for Subaru, both in design and build quality.
Subaru set the BMW X5 as the benchmark against which the Tribeca should perform, a target they've made more than a reasonable job of achieving. Steering weight and directional stability at speed are a little weak, but considering its size the Tribeca changes direction with little inertia and good control.