Car Review: Mitsubishi - Outlander  Series 07 (3 stars)

The Mitsubishi Outlander is a distinctly average contribution to a distinctly above-average class

It's quite brave of a bit player like Mitsubishi to enter into some of the segments that it does - some of the more ruthless and competitive parts of the market that event the mainstream boys find it hard to get noticed in. Take its Outlander SUV, for instance, going head-to-head against such established greats as Honda's CR-V, the Toyota RAV4, the Land Rover Freelander, the Ford Kuga - these are some tough competitors.

Luckily the Outlander's rugged good looks help it through the maelstrom - it looks like it could blast through the countryside and go off the road with something approaching aplomb even if potential buyers don't really care whether it actually can or not. Image is everything in this style-conscious sector.

Even better for the Outlander, its interior doesn't suffer from the same cheapness as some other Mitsubishis. The cabin feels well-appointed and sturdily put together and does feel like it could stand up to some abuse. The atmosphere inside is raised by the decent level of standard kit you get with the Outlander - plenty of stuff thrown in free always helps.There is only one engine option available with the Outlander, a 2.2-litre diesel. You never feel like you're missing out on anything, which is good - the engine comes from the Peugeot-Citroen stable, and is quite economical.

The Mitsubishi is pleasant on the road, restraining most wind noise until you get to a decent cruising speed on the motorway. The ride is pliant and soaks up the worst of the imperfections on the road. You won't find the driving action thrilling, but the Outlander is a competent and safe performer. The comfortable driving position is well suited to long distance driving.

The cabin is plenty spacious for five passengers to travel in comfort, and the Outlander comes with a pair of occasional seats at the back of the car to make capacity a respectable seven. As with many of these SUVs with people carrier pretensions, though, that third row of seats is not practical for anything more than the occasional short journey. If you have five children and an Outlander two of them will grow up either with terribly sore knees or hating you intensely.

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