What is it like on the inside?
Not exactly the prettiest cockpit, is it? If you think about some of the Outlander’s rivals, like the Peugeot 5008 complete with its spaceship-style Year 3000 setup, buyers are hardly going to be wowed by the interior of the Mitsubishi.
The plastics are woefully cheap and the eight-inch infotainment system feels dated both to use and look at. Not a good start.
But then again, if you look at it from a practical point of view it starts to make more sense. Those plastics suddenly become hard-wearing and durable, and you notice just how much space there is both in the front, above your head and in the back.
There’s a decent amount of kit with the boggo-spec ‘Design’ trim too. All cars get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a Bluetooth-enabled six-speaker DAB radio, a rear-view camera, dual-zone climate control and an impressive amount of cupholders. No, seriously – even those in the third row of seats get a designated place for their beverages.
Upgrading to the top-level ‘Exceed’ trim for an extra £1,000 or so brings a 360-degree parking camera, TomTom navigation, some extra USB ports for rear passengers and leather seats all round – although we’d actually recommend the standard cloth ones.
Oh, and we mentioned that boot space earlier, but what we didn’t tell you was that with the second and third row of seats folded down, the Outlander can swallow a hefty 1,608-litres of luggage.