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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

A good level of standard safety features includes driver and passenger airbags, plus ABS brakes, The ‘All Weather’ version adds side airbags to that spec. Seat belt pretensioners are standard on both models. Security is taken care of with remote central locking with a transponder key engine immobiliser. There is no alarm.

A decent boot and split fold rear seats for practicality, plus there are lots of extra compartments and even a washing up bowl on top of the spare wheel.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Subaru Forester (97-03).

  • ABS
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Metallic Paint
  • Side airbags

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • CD
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Side airbags

GLS equipment

GLS standard equipment
  • Metallic Paint
GLS optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Side airbags

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Front fog lights
  • Metallic Paint
Sport optional equipment
None available

S-Turbo equipment

S-Turbo standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Metallic Paint
  • Side airbags
S-Turbo optional equipment
None available