This car is great when it comes to comfort and handling, but acceleration and top speed, that's when it all goes wrong.
All that Subaru did was sell itself short by making such an engine 1.5L on a four wheel drive without any kind of boost. That's not good at all. Acceleration goes out the window, and you can't expect straight line speed, being an AWD.
Its handles like a dream, but that's just not enough; you can't just make a car that can corner, then on the straights it needs, well a coffee, so it realizes that you actually welded your foot to the floor, then it would start to accelerate gently till it reaches 4.5 thousand so, where it would accelerate like a normal car, and that's just till probably 6 thousand; over that it's just torque.
I would seriously consider trading in my car if it had some kind of boost, turbo, whatever it needs just respond like a proper well made car from Subaru. I really think they went all out to make a economic car regarding fuel consumption, quiet, comfortable, and four wheel drive, and then totally blew all of that with that engine. I mean, come on, clearly it's missing something, a huge something when it comes to acceleration.
Anywhere else, it's fine, a proper car.
I had a BMW E36 1.6, year 1992; tried both on a test drive, needless to say the end of that story...