There’s room for a practical, functional car like the Mitsubishi Outlander in the family 4x4 market.
It can’t be a massively lucrative niche, but this Mitsubishi caters to it well. It’s a capable vehicle with appealing fuel efficiency, engine refinement, towing capacity and off-road ability.
Considered only within this niche, you could argue that the slightly lumpy ride and imprecise on-road handling when you ask a lot of the chassis could be forgiven.
And yet when similar-priced 4x4s approach their limits so much more tidily, we can’t overlook its dynamic limitations. In some situations, this Mitsubishi just isn’t as grippy, predictable or manageable – plain car-like, in other words – as the class standard.
That significant criticism, listed next to more minor ones about the derivative styling and mixed material quality, balances perfectly against its virtues for a mid-table overall rating.