Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Subaru Forester safety levels are impressive. It has been awarded a five-star rating by the Euro NCAP safety body with a score of 91% for both adult and child occupant protection. It also scored full marks for side impact protection and offers greater pedestrian impact protection than the previous-generation car.

Stiffer-framed seats than before promise to reduce the potential for whiplash and an array of airbags (front, side, curtain and knee) are standard. There’s no manual on/off seat for the front passenger airbag, instead it becomes active automatically only if an adult is sat in the passenger seat.

The Forester features an updated emergency brake assist system, which Subaru says can give the car ‘almost identical’ braking performance on both wet and dry surfaces. There’s also a Trailer Stability Control system which uses the car’s brakes and four-wheel drive system to help prevent trailers and caravans from weaving or becoming unstable in high winds.

This generation Forester is a little wider than the old one and has a longer wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels), creating more interior and luggage space – there’s plenty of space for all the family thanks to generous head and legroom.

The rear seats fold easily in a 60:40 split and the rear seat belts are handily positioned in a guide channel to keep them out of the way so that they don’t become caught when the seats are folded. They fold completely flat and flush with the boot floor, which is great for loading and transporting big, heavy items.

XC/XE Premium and XT versions come with a powered tailgate as standard, which can be set to open to a pre-programmed height if you have a low garage ceiling, for example.

There’s no severe load lip to worry about when loading items into the boot and there are some cubby holes underneath the boot floor for stowing items out of sight. The tailgate itself is nice and wide and the parcel shelf can be stored under the boot floor. There’s a space-saver spare wheel as standard too.

A ‘clean sill’ design with seals along the bottom edge of the doors prevents mud from making its way onto the door sills, meaning you’re less likely to get mud on your clothes when getting in and out of the car.

 

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Subaru Forester.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • 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
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel

X equipment

X standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Full size spare wheel
X optional equipment
None available

XC equipment

XC standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
XC optional equipment
None available

XC Premium equipment

XC Premium standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
XC Premium optional equipment
  • CD

XE equipment

XE standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
XE optional equipment
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Space saver spare wheel

XE Premium equipment

XE Premium standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
XE Premium optional equipment
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Space saver spare wheel

XT equipment

XT standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
XT optional equipment
None available