If you already own a Subaru Forester or any other model you’re probably aware that they are well equipped with safety features making them exceptionally safe to drive. All Subaru cars are all wheel drive, they have legendary grip and handling to help the driver to avoid trouble on the open road. If you’re looking for the best SUV to buy, Subaru Forester is a model that you should consider. The latest 2019 Forester has just been awarded the coveted 5 star ANCAP safety rating for the 4th time in a row. Let’s take a closer look at why Subaru’s and the Forester are so safe.
The Latest ANCAP Testing
The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) is an independent crash testing organisation that test new cars that go on sale here. The latest version of the Subaru Forester was awarded top marks by ANCAP after the latest round of scoring. James Goodwin is the CEO for ANCAP, speaking about the Forester he said “The Forester scored maximum points for the physical protection of child occupants in both frontal and side impact tests,” he then added “it is also equipped with an active safety system which can intervene to avoid a crash when a lane change is made in error.” Subaru has been praised by ANCAP in the past for their dedication to improving safety in their cars.
ANCAP and Subaru
Speaking about Subaru in general, Mr. Goodwin said, “It is encouraging to see the brands like Subaru prioritising and progressively increasing the safety standards for its customers,” he went on to say “We are continually increasing the required standards for new vehicles to achieve five stars to provide the marketplace with the safest vehicles possible.” So, this is a stringent testing procedure, achieving top marks isn’t easy, and Subaru is leading the way.
How Did the Forester Score?
The ANCAP testing occurs within four main assessment areas, and a car needs to get a passing mark in each area to achieve the 5 star ANCAP safety rating. Let’s take a look at each of these areas (in no particular order) and see how the Subaru Forester performed.
- Adult Occupation Protection 94%
- Child Occupation Protection 86%
- Vulnerable Road Users 80%
- Safety Assist Systems 78%
As you can see, according to the ANCAP testing results, the Subaru Forester is a very safe medium SUV.
The 2019 Subaru Forester in Australia
This 5 star ANCAP Safety Rating will be added as a stamp on all future variants of the Forester sold in both Australia and New Zealand markets. These latest Forester models will also have standard safety features, such as low and high speed Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) systems, blind spot monitoring and lane keep assist, on every variant making the Forester even safer to drive. This latest ANCAP rating means that Subaru has achieved the top safety rating for all four generations of the Forester.