The latest Outlander is handsome by the standards of mid-sized soft-roaders, although it’s a struggle to find any clear area of originality in its mostly derivative styling, the rear three-quarters looking very Lexus RX-like.
Britain's appetite for tough-looking Mitsus means that our top-spec Warrior and Elegance versions will have more chrome than the car you see here, and also a bull-bar.
The cabin is spacious and well finished – massively better than the cheap-feeling interior of the outgoing Outlander.
There's plenty of space for front- and rear-seat passengers, and both Warrior and Elegance come with fold-flat third-row seating – a flimsy extra pew that can be magicked from the boot floor. Though impressive on paper, it's far from a proper seven-seater; the third row is cramped and uncomfortable even by the limited standards of such things.
The top-spec Elegance boasts a very neat combined touch-screen sat-nav and music system. The nav’s fonts are a tad garish, but the audio gubbins actually rips CDs as they are played and stores their labelled tracks as MP3 files on the car's 30Gb hard drive. A great idea, it seems to work well in practice.