2019 Subaru Forester scores 5-star ANCAP safety rating

The 2019 Subaru Forester has just undergone crash testing in ANCAP’s latest round of product analysis, and it has come out the other side with a five-star safety rating.

Subaru Australia introduced the new Forester late last year, but up until now it was technically unrated by ANCAP. After smashing an example up in the usual manner, ANCAP found the new model to provide good physical protection for child occupants in side and front impacts.

More specifically, the Subaru scored 94 per cent for adult occupant protection, 86 per cent for child occupant protection, and 80 per cent for vulnerable road user protection (pedestrian). Despite being the lowest score here, the safety assist technologies also receive high standings, with 78 per cent. Speaking about the results, ANCAP CEO James Goodwin said:

“It is encouraging to see brands like Subaru prioritising and progressively increasing safety for its customers. The Forester scored full points for the physical protection of child occupants in both side and frontal impact tests. It is also equipped with an active safety system which can intervene to avoid a crash when a lane-change is made in error.”

Aside from the ANCAP-specific areas that are tested, all Forester models come with all-wheel drive as standard. This gives a further degree of safety and driving stability compared with two-wheel drive, which is presented in some rivals.

The five-star score applies to all variants in Australia and New Zealand on sale from September 2018. You can head over to our Forester review here for more details on the mid-size SUV, and click play below to see the slow-motion carnage.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.