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The all-new Subaru Forester e-BOXER awarded maximum Five Star Rating in 2019 Euro NCAP Safety Test

Subaru Europe, has announced that the all-new Subaru Forester e-BOXER (European specs.) has achieved the maximum five star overall rating in the 2019 European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP)*4 safety performance test. In addition, the Subaru XV has been reconfirmed with the maximum five star rating with the e-BOXER version in 2019, following 2017 Euro NCAP safety test.

The all-new Subaru Forester e-BOXER has registered outstanding scores in all four assessment areas (Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Vulnerable Road Users, Safety Assist), well above the minimum threshold required and with a noticeable high overall average.

The all-new Forester achieved the highest score ever in its class*2 in the Child Occupant Protection test. Euro NCAP commented in the official crash test report: “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.” Not only for Child Occupant Protection, the Forester also performed the best score ever for Subaru in the Adult Occupant Protection*3.

These superior crash safety performance have been achieved by the Subaru Global Platform (SGP). The SGP brings significant enhancement to the body and chassis rigidity (front lateral flexural rigidity +90%, torsional rigidity +70%, front suspension rigidity +70%, rear sub frame rigidity +100%) and impact energy absorption is improved by 40% over present models. Together with this solid body structure, safety features such as 7 airbags, including one SRS knee airbag installed for the driver's seat ensure collision safety performance of the Forester.

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Update - Forester e-BOXER wins What Car? Technology award

The all-new Subaru Forester e-BOXER has won the Technology Award for its Driver Monitoring System at the 2020 What Car? Awards.

The Driver Monitoring System, fitted as standard on all Forester e-BOXER models, is a brand-new technology for Subaru. It uses facial recognition technology to detect if the driver’s gaze has shifted away from the road and alerts vehicle occupants if this occurs.

According to What Car? 72% of drivers admit to being distracted when behind the wheel, making driver monitoring systems an increasingly important piece of in-car technology. What Car? praised Subaru’s Driver Monitoring System, calling it “the most advanced of its kind”. In testing it proved to be more accurate at identifying when concentration was lost compared to other manufacturer systems. In addition to the clear safety benefits afforded by Subaru’s Driver Monitoring System, What Car? also noted that the use of facial recognition software to set things like seating position, door mirror angles and even air conditioning to the driver’s preference is a real bonus.

The What Car? Technology Award is the third notable accolade for all-new Forester since it launched at the end of 2019. The latest Forester model has also been named Euro NCAP’s Best in Class 2019 in the Small Off-Road / MPV class and 4x4 Magazine’s Best Small SUV of the Year 2020.

All-new Forester e-BOXER has been awarded 4x4 Magazine’s Best Small SUV of the Year 2020! Alan Kidd, Editor of 4x4 Magazine, said: "Subaru’s new Global Platform is the gift that keeps on giving. It means the all-new Forester has a roomier cabin than ever, as well as being almost unbelievably entertaining to drive – and one of the safest family vehicles in the world. That’s a hat-trick to be proud of!".