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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

All models get driver, passenger and side air-bags and the combination of all-wheel drive traction and responsive handling makes it less inclined to lose control on the road, especially in slippery conditions. Security is provided by central locking with deadlocks, and an alarm and immobiliser system.

The boot is only a little bigger than that of a Ford Focus, but it should cope with most family needs and the rear seat backs split/fold and when fully flattened the cargo capacity is significantly greater than that of a typical hatchback.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Subaru Forester (02-08).

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Metallic Paint
  • 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
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Rear electric windows
  • Side airbags
S optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control

S-Turbo equipment

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

X equipment

X standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Rear electric windows
X optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Side airbags
  • Steel wheels

X Plus equipment

X Plus standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Rear electric windows
  • Side airbags
X Plus optional equipment
  • Cruise control

XC equipment

XC standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Rear electric windows
  • Side airbags
XC optional equipment
None available

XE equipment

XE standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Side airbags
XE optional equipment
None available

XEn equipment

XEn standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
XEn optional equipment
None available

XLn equipment

XLn standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
XLn optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Rear electric windows
  • Side airbags
  • Steel wheels

XT equipment

XT standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Rear electric windows
  • Side airbags
XT optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric sunroof
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control

XT Cloth equipment

XT Cloth standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Rear electric windows
  • Side airbags
XT Cloth optional equipment
  • Traction control

XTE equipment

XTE standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Side airbags
XTE optional equipment
  • Traction control

XTEn equipment

XTEn standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
XTEn optional equipment
  • Traction control