I’m not sure I can name another car that carries the same sort of multi-generational appeal that the Subaru Forester seems to have.

It does great job at marketing itself in Australia. Not as dorky as a traditional SUV, not as limiting as a hatchback, and with some ability to deal with the rough Aussie road conditions, it has always managed to appeal to young and old alike.

In this latest iteration, the Forester is bigger than ever, with a back-to-basics four-variant lineup and a strong focus on safety.

Is that the right bet for the Forester badge? And what does the 2.5i-L have that the well-equipped 2.5i base model doesn’t? I spent a week in one to find out.