For The Mitsubishi Outlander is one of the more practical medium-sized SUVs, with seven versatile seats and a big boot. Ownership costs are reasonable and the ride is generally comfortable.
Against The cabin is rather dull and some rivals have more efficient diesel engines. High-spec models are expensive and have a fiddly touch-screen sat-nav system.
The Mitsubishi Outlander won't win any prizes for its dynamics, but the low(ish) running costs and the spacious, well-made and versatile interior could well appeal to SUV buyers.
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Until an exciting new plug-in hybrid version (which Mitsubishi claims will emit CO2 at a rate of just 50g/km) goes on sale, the Outlander will only be available with a 148bhp diesel engine and on-demand four-wheel drive.
The entry-level GX2 trim comes with cruise control, seven airbags and a six-speaker stereo. However, we reckon it’s worth upgrading to GX3, which adds desirable features, such as dual-zone climate control, automatic wipers, Bluetooth and alloy wheels. GX4 and GX5 models are very well equipped, but pricey.
The Mitsubishi Servicing Plan, which fixes the price of the first three scheduled services, is worth considering.