Inside, fit and finish is reasonable and our testers liked the clean, modern appearance of the Mitubishi Outlander. On closer inspection, though, the attractive silver-finished elements are too obviously plastic.
Nevertheless, it’s an easy-to-use cabin; there are three simple heater dials and the stereo is an easily comprehensible Rockford Fosgate unit.
The front seats are big and wide and have enough lateral support. In fact, we’d have no complaints about the driving position, if it weren’t for the steering wheel’s lack of reach adjustment – you can only change the rake.
Middle-seat passengers are less well catered for. There’s adequate legroom (the seats slide) but headroom’s tight. However, the seats do split and fold 60/40 and there’s a one-touch button in the boot that tumbles them forwards.
Despite its compact dimensions, the Outlander comes with seven seats. The ‘Hide and Seat’ third row stows into the floor of the boot. It takes some shoving and hauling to get in place and is too cramped for anything but short journeys and short people.
With all its seats in place, the Outlander’s boot has just over 200 litres volume but in five-seat form there’s 541 litres. Handily, the tailgate splits near the bottom of the door, Range Rover-style, and the lower half can support 200kg.