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Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 2.5

Along with driver and passenger airbags the Forester also gets curtain and side airbags as standard while electronic brakeforce distribution is also included. This balances the braking force between front and rear wheels according to road conditions to compensate for any load shifting when stopping. A new shock absorbing plate has been fitted at the front to reduce pedestrian leg injuries to help with overall Subaru Forester safety levels.

The Subaru Forester has achieved strong results in Euro NCAP tests, attaining a five-star overall rating with high scores for both adult and child occupant protection.

The light steering makes parking and tight manoeuvres a doddle while the vast expanse of glass and thin windscreen pillars mean visibility is good. Rear passenger space is excellent with bags of leg and headroom while up front there's decent stowage with good door pockets and a large central cubby. The wide boot opening makes loading wide objects easy as does the absence of a boot lip, but it's a shame there are no underfloor storage areas.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Subaru Forester (08-12).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

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
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Steel wheels

SureTrak equipment

SureTrak standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
SureTrak optional equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim

X equipment

X standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
X optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD Multichanger
  • Roof rails
  • Steel wheels

XC equipment

XC standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric sunroof
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
XC optional equipment
None available

XS equipment

XS standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
XS optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • DVD
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav

XSn equipment

XSn standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
XSn optional equipment
None available