The new generation of Subaru Forester will hit the market, next year. The cross-over has been awarded the highest five-star rating by the European New Car Assessment Programme for its safety performance.

"This is a strong result for a model that has consistently been one of our best-sellers, and the all-new Forester's active, passive and hazard avoidance technologies will make it one of the safest cars on and off the road.  That the new model will be more practical, more economical and more refined than its predecessor only adds further to its appeal.", said Haydn Davies, Marketing Director, Subaru UK.

The 2013 Forester managed to score high results in all four areas - Adult Occupant Protection, Child Occupant Protection, Pedestrian Protection and Safety Assist. This happens thanks to Subaru's unique ring-shaped reinforcement frame body and the extensive use of high-tensile steel.

Subaru's unique permanent Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system remains at the heart of the vehicle; paired with Vehicle Dynamics Control, the Japanese brand's electronic stability control system, this contributed to a high Safety Assist score from Euro NCAP.

The 4th-generation Forester builds upon the outgoing model's credentials as a user-friendly compact SUV, with improved performance, safety and efficiency and a larger, more practical cabin.

A low centre of gravity and improved body rigidity – the result of Subaru's hallmark Boxer engines and the use of high-tensile steels respectively – contribute to improved refinement and fun-to-drive characteristics.

Source: Euro NCAP