One of the biggest factors most people consider when buying a brand new vehicle nowadays is safety. No matter how many features or how much power it has, it doesn’t really matter if you get seriously injured or even die from an accident. That said, if you happen to be in the market for a safe crossover, then the Subaru Forester is one of the safest out there.

The 2019 Subaru Forester recently garnered the maximum 5-star safety rating at the European New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) test. The model used in testing was fitted with the new e-Boxer powertrain. However, the non-electric variant should have the same rating. Furthermore, the 5-star safety rating applies to both left-hand drive and right-hand drive models.

Breaking down the 5-start safety score, the Forester registered high marks in all four assessment areas – Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Vulnerable Road Users, and Safety Assists. It scored 97% in Adult Occupant test, 91% in Child Occupant test, 80% in Vulnerable Road Users test, and 78% in the Safety Assists test.

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According to the official Euro NCAP report, the Forester really excelled in the Child Occupant test. “In both the frontal and side barrier tests, protection of all critical body areas was good for both dummies and the Forester scored maximum points in this part of the assessment. The front passenger airbag is automatically disabled when a rearward-facing child restraint is put in that seating position. Tests showed that the system worked robustly and the system was rewarded. All of the restraint types for which the Forester is designed could be properly installed and accommodated in the car,” noted Euro NCAP. 

The high safety rating of the Forester is largely due to the Subaru Global Platform (SGP). Ever since it was introduced, Subaru claims that the SGP is more rigid all around and can absorb impacts better. This is paired with the numerous safety features such as 7-airbags and EyeSight.

Along with giving you confidence in motion, it's also good to know that you're kept safe inside your Forester from minor fender-benders to the most major of mishaps.