I test drove the Outback.
Its pretty nice. The have made their interior look a lot better since the last time I test drove a Subaru.
They add a lot of frills I don't really care for. For example, the paddle shifting is something I will never use. Also, it is a CVT transmission so you don't feel the shifts which is awkward.
Sticks to the road pretty nice. The sales rep had me take some tight turns. However he kept trying to compare the cars power and handling to my GTI he saw me drive up in.
To me the benefit of a Subaru is the accessibility to mountains that I dont really get in my GTI, but that i do get in my girlfriends SX4.
That said I would be very persuaded with a WRX wagon or a turbo charged Forester.