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.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

Road test editor
Owners will be pleased by the strong residuals

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.

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