Crossovers like the Mitsubishi Outlander – due to their popularity, size and manufacturer competition for a share of a rare growth market – have become the recipients of ever more stylish interiors in recent years.
Not that you’d know it by sitting in the Mitsubishi Outlander, however. Even if you opt for the range-topping model, with the full leather trim, glossy black dashboard inserts and metallic highlights, there is no disguising the wanton lack of imagination here.
Mitsubishi does at least provide a functional environment that’s easy to get to grips with. From the gated cul-de-sac of a gear selector to the extra-large buttons to disengage the parking sensors and traction control, the Outlander’s inner workings are instantly decipherable.
Things get a bit more fiddly when it comes to the slightly obtuse Multi Communication System (which is standard fit in GX5 trim models), but even here there are shortcut buttons to avoid any confusion.
The re-engineered third row of seats is similarly straight to the point. The 50/50 split sprung chairs (replacing the old bench) rise from their flush position in the boot floor at the prod of a lever.