Finding a comfortable driving position isn’t easy because the seat has limited height adjustment and can’t drop low enough for taller drivers. The steering wheel doesn’t adjust sufficiently for height or reach, either.
Most of the dashboard controls are simply laid out, but some of the buttons are tucked away out of sight and the touchscreen sat-nav system has complex menus and small, hard-to-hit icons. All versions come with a footrest, making the car more comfortable on longer trips.
Mitsubishi Outlander visibility
You get a decent view from the driver’s seat, aided by large door mirrors. The high-set seating position helps visibility, too.
Rear parking sensors are standard on GX3 versions but can be added by a dealer to any version. Front parking sensors are also available on all models. GX4 models get a reversing camera, which makes it even easier to judge your parking manoeuvres.
Mitsubishi Outlander infotainment
Entry-level GX2 trim features a small LCD display for radio and media functions; Bluetooth is available, but only as a dealer-fit accessory. GX3 adds Bluetooth but upgrading to GX4 brings a 7.0in colour touchscreen display. It also has sat-nav and a DAB radio.
The touchscreen systems have complex menus and small, hard-to-hit icons. They feel more like an accessory-fit item compared with the better-integrated systems on rivals’ cars, and are a bit fiddly and frustrating to use.
All versions get a small LCD vehicle and journey information display in the instrument cluster. It’s a mono screen on the GX2 and a colour screen on GX3 trims and above.
Mitsubishi Outlander build quality
The upper surfaces of the Outlander’s cabin feel pleasantly squidgy when you give them a prod, while harsher plastics are generally confined to lower areas where they are less noticeable. Regardless, fit and finish isn’t up to rivals’ standards.
Overall, the interior looks rather dated, and with no colour choice other than black, the cabin feels drab – despite the gloss black trim and chrome highlights on the fascia. Top-level GX4 trim does add some further decoration in the form of black ash trim on the doors, but while this is pleasant enough, it doesn’t disguise the fact that the Mitsubishi is no class-leader in terms of perceived quality.