Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: S.E. Michigan
Car: 2010 Outback 2.5i Limited
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
The only "correction" you should ever feel from the Dynamic Traction Control (VDC, TCS, ESC, whatever...) would be when/if the system activates. Traction Control will only activate if wheel slip is detected, ESC will only activate if the vehicle is understeering or oversteering. During normal everyday driving, neither of these systems should activate unless a) the roads are slippery, b) an evasive maneuver is necessary, or c) you're driving like an a-hole.
The "correction" you might feel at the steering wheel if the stability system does activate is not the intent of the system... it is a byproduct. If the car is oversteering around a corner (rear of car begins to slide out, vehicle yaws more than driver-intent) the system has to build brake pressure at the front wheel that is on the outside of the corner. This produces a torque on the entire vehicle that resists the excessive rotation of the car. Depending on the suspension design (scrub radius, caster, etc) this braking force can be felt at the steering wheel by the driver. If you're in a situation where ESC has to activate, the "correction" you might feel at the wheel should simply remind you that they safety system you paid for just did its job.
As for the steering feel, in general. I find it very numb during cornering and have noticed that it is susceptible to road camber and bump-steer. If people are feeling "corrections" at the steering wheel during normal (i.e. stable) cornering, I'd bet it's simply the base chassis reacting to the road.