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Mitsubishi Outlander SUV - Practicality & boot space (2012-2021)

The Mitsubishi Outlander's boxy shape adds up to a very practical interior

Carbuyer Rating

2.6 out of 5

Owners Rating

3.7 out of 5

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Practicality & boot space Rating

2.5 out of 5

Getting comfortable behind the wheel of the Mitsubishi Outlander shouldn’t be an issue: it has a height-adjustable driver’s seat and a steering wheel that can be moved up and down as well as in and out.

A high seating position and large windows make for a commanding driving position, with the only blind spots coming from the large door mirrors and wide pillars surrounding the rear window. A reversing camera is available to aid parking.

Mitsubishi Outlander interior space & storage

Space in the front and middle row of seats is good, with plenty of headroom, while the third row of two pop-up seats is only really suitable for children. Sadly, the Outlander PHEV hybrid makes do without them, as too much space is taken up by the battery pack, which is located under the boot floor.

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Interior storage is no problem thanks to a glovebox that’s able to swallow a full-sized water bottle, large door bins with drinks holders and various cup-holders – even in the third row.

Boot space

The Mitsubishi Outlander’s shape makes it very practical, with 591 litres of boot space behind the second row of seats, or 1,022 litres (up to the window line) if you fold that row down.

This makes the boot slightly larger than the Honda CR-V’s and 88 litres bigger than the boot in the Mazda CX-5. The third row of seats sits completely flat in the boot floor and takes only a few seconds to put up and down.

A large hatchback gives good access to the boot, with only a slight load lip, however the boot has a slightly odd shape owing to some wheel arch intrusion and a large speaker in some models. Higher trim levels get a powered tailgate, while a space-saver spare wheel is fitted as standard, located under the rear of the car.

Towing

The Outlander is a capable tow car but we’d recommend looking at used diesel models if you’ll be towing regularly - they can pull a 2,000kg braked or 750kg unbraked trailer, caravan or horsebox. This drops to 1,600kg for the petrol model, but that's still plenty to tow a medium caravan.

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Andy is Carbuyer's managing editor, with more than a decade of experience helping consumers find their perfect car. He has an MA in automotive journalism and has tested hundreds of vehicles.

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