What is it?
Mitsubishi’s honest Outlander SUV has been launched in SE trim (and even glitzier GSE), which works like a special edition, offering bags of extra kit for the same cash. The Outlander is now three years old, around the time when a range is due for a spruce up, and as such Mitsubishi is feeling generous.
Effectively it has taken a basic 2.0 Di-D Equippe and thrown in 18-inch alloys, Bluetooth, cruise control, privacy glass, extra airbags, and a third row of seats. The GSE gets leather seats and a DVD player for another £1500.
What’s it like?
Not bad at all. Amid a market saturated with flashy, road-orientated SUVs, it would be easy to write off the Mitsubishi as a bit crude, but this may be missing the point. The interior is plasticky, admittedly, but the air con, which uses the same controls as an Evo, works well, the fabric seats are comfortable and everything has a rugged, hard-wearing feel to it.
The biggest letdown is the driving position, which is borrowed straight from the Warrior pick-up. The leather wheel doesn’t adjust for reach leaving the driver in a peculiar slumped position over the wheel. Space is better than you’d think, especially in the second row of seats, and the third row is handy, if a little flimsy feeling.