The Outlander isn’t the world’s most exciting SUV to drive when it only has an internal combustion engine, so the addition of a battery cell and a couple of electric motors can’t be expected to improve things.
The ride remains fine, however, which isn’t always the case with EVs, and it felt every bit as compliant and smooth as its conventional counterpart. Which means not outstandingly compliant, but competitive and quite acceptable.
It also steers with easy linearity and well balanced grip, which makes it quite an unremarkable companion in everyday driving – and we mean that in a good way.
Handling is notable for its lack of remarkableness. This is an 1870kg car and, although only 54 percent of that mass is over the front wheels, it’s not one designed to be poised in any kind of BMW-like way.
This Outlander handled mostly like the diesel variant tested last year: not brilliantly, but competently and safely. As you’d expect, it’s never short on traction.
Body roll in corners is pronounced, but it doesn’t undermine lateral grip, while the steering retains good authority even at full lean. Pitch isn’t as severe as roll, so directional stability is good.