The Mitsubishi Outlander comes in three trim levels – GX2, GX3 and GX4 (GX1 is a commercial vehicle trim-level) – and either two- or four-wheel drive.
The top-specification GX4 variant comes with 18in alloys, auto-leveling HID headlamps, satnav, electric sunroof, reversing camera with parking sensors, rain-sensor controlled windscreen wipers, leather seats for the first and second rows, heated front seats and a Rockford Fosgate audio system.
The two-wheel-drive-only variant – only available in mid-level GX3 spec – was added to the range in 2011 and offers a cheaper entry-level option.
The 2WD Outlander returns a claimed combined consumption of 46.3mpg, emits 162g/km of CO2 and sits in VED band G, equating to a first year’s charge of £165. By contrast, a 4WD version equipped with the same trim level returns 43.5mpg, an emits 169g/km, which means it sits one VED band higher and will cost you an extra £100 for the first year’s tax.
The Outlander is well equipped at the top end of its range, but rivals such as the Land Rover Freelander and Honda CR-V are better to drive and in some cases better to sit in. The Mitsubishi’s seven seats and equipment count are not enough to offset the difference in ability.