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 GX3 models and above. Diesel auto versions have slightly less pulling power, but it’s unlikely you’ll notice it on the move.
The auto-only, petrol-electric hybrid is brisk enough around town, but can feel leisurely at higher speeds, , and the way the electric and petrol engine interact can sometimes result in an unpredictable power delivery. Of course, when in electric only mode you get a seamless stream of power, 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.