Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Subaru Forester 2012

2.0 Di-L , 5-door SUV

Test Date: Nov 2012

Subaru Forester crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Adult Occupant 91%
Child Occupant 91%
Pedestrian 73%
Safety Assist 86%

Compare with other cars in the Small SUV category

Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Adequate
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Good Driver left femur - Good
Driver right lower leg - Good Driver left lower leg - Adequate
Driver right foot - Good Driver left foot - Good
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Adequate
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Good Passenger left femur - Good
Passenger right lower leg - Good Passenger left lower leg - Adequate
Passenger right foot Passenger left foot
Side impact head - Good
Side impact chest - Good
Side impact abdomen - Good
Side impact pelvis - Good
Green = Good Good
Yellow = Adequate Adequate
Orange = Marginal Marginal
Brown = Weak Weak
Red = Poor Poor

Adult occupant

The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the kness and femurs of the driver and passenger. Subaru showed that a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different seating positions. In the side barrier test, the Forester scored maximum points, with good protection of all body regions. In the more severe side pole impact, dummy readings of rib compression indicated marginal protection of the chest. However, the seat and head restraint provided good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision.

Child occupant

The front passenger airbag of the Forester is off by default, allowing a rearward facing child restraint to be safely used in that seating position. The airbag is turned on only when an occupant of a suitable size is detected in the seat. The system met Euro NCAP's requirements and was rewarded.


The bumper scored maximum points for the protection it provided to pedestrians' legs. However, the front edge of the bonnet was poor in all areas tested and scored no points. In most areas where the bonnet would be struck by the head of an adult or that of a child, the bonnet provided good protection against serious injury.

Safety assist

Electronic stability control, seatbelt reminders for front and rear seats, and a driver-set speed limitation device are all standard equipment on the Subaru Forester and met Euro NCAP's test requirements.

applies to all Foresters of the specification tested