although some taller drivers may find the seat doesn’t go down far enough ...
What's It Like to Live With
Getting in and out of the Outlander is fairly easy, although we did comment that the front door apertures were quite narrow, so if you have a mobility problem swinging your legs in may present an issue although the sills aren’t particularly wide. Once you are sat in there is plenty of room inside for all and it will seat up to 7-people in relative comfort, although the rear-row seats are best suited to younger children.
Getting into the ideal driving position is ok, although some taller drivers may find the seat doesn’t go down far enough. It is electrically powered (no memory) and it is a case of testing it, as you should do with any car before you buy it. The steering wheel adjusts for rake and reach but is not electrically adjustable.
All round vision is good and the Outlander is fairly easy to park, there is a reversing camera and rear parking sensors on the GX-5 model we were testing.
There is keyless entry with a stop/start button so you do not need the key to start the car or open it, which is a great bonus but you do have to touch a button on the door to lock/open.
The Outlander is available as a 5-seater model if you opt for the GX-2 model or below, it has a larger boot but it is the lowest spec of the range, which is shame as not all people want or need 7-seats. We tested the GX-5 model which comes with 7-seats as standard in three rows. The rear two-seats neatly fold flat into the boot, but they take up some room making the boot shallower than the 5-seat model. The tailgate operation is electrically powered, which is great if you have your hands full – but a little slow if you are trying to keep a dog in place.
In the 7-seater models with the 5-seats in place you can carry 591 litres with all the rear seats down this increases to 1,022 litres. With all the seats down you do have a neat area that is capable of carrying loads up to 1.69 m in length, which is significantly more than old model. Thoughtfully there is space saver spare wheel on this model, only the GX-1 gets a tyre mobility kit.
The mid-row of seats have a sliding range of 250 mm allowing easier access to the rear and more leg room for back row passengers, although they are best suited to nimble children than adults.
The dip beam features auto levelling xenon wide-beam headlights which work well but they are not BI-Xenon which seems a bit of an oversight these days at this price point.
Standard equipment on the ‘GX-5’ includes, climate control air conditioning, cruise control, panoramic sunroof, LED daytime running lights, power fold in door mirrors, leather seats and navigation with DAB radio tuner.