The Outlander’s diesel is no fireball, but it’s keen enough at low and medium revs that driving it is a relaxed affair. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard on diesel versions, but an optional six-speed automatic is available on 4 models and above. The auto ’box has slightly less pulling power, but it’s unlikely that you’ll notice it on the move.
The auto-only hybrid is brisk enough around town but can feel leisurely at higher speeds, , and the way the electric motors and petrol engine interact can sometimes result in an unpredictable power delivery. Of course, there’s a seamless stream of power in electric-only mode, although you’ll be lucky to get 20 miles of pure-electric travel even in gentle use.
All versions of the Outlander have four-wheel drive, so they never struggle to put their power down.