The $41,490 2.5i-S is the new top-of-the-range option in this fifth-generation Subaru Forester line-up, sitting $3000 above the 2.5i-Premium and just $8000 above the 2.5i entry model.

All Foresters now come standard with AEB and active cruise control via the EyeSight active safety system, while convenience steps up to the current status quo with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, plus DAB digital radio.

The 2.5i-S adds even more exterior and interior garnishing, including leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio plus a subwoofer, and the X-Mode off-road drive program scores two modes to choose from, tailored for either snow/dirt or deep snow/mud.

Like all new Foresters, the 2.5i-S comes with a 90 per cent-new 2.5-litre boxer petrol engine, which produces 136kW and 239Nm. A CVT auto is the only transmission now offered, but all Foresters continue to send power to all four wheels via Subaru's symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. Also like all new Foresters, the 2.5i-S carries an official combined fuel consumption figure of 7.4L/100km.