And that is one of the problems with 7-seats ...
What’s it like to live with
Getting in and out of the Outlander is a fairly easy affair, although we did comment the front door apertures were quite narrow, so if you have a mobility issue 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 accommodate up to 7-people in relative comfort, although the two rear-row seats are best suited to children.
Getting into the ideal driving position is ok, although some taller drivers may find the seat doesn’t go down or far enough back. It is electrically powered although sadly no memory functions. 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 360 vision but you don’t get front or rear parking sensors which seem a serious omission. And there is no option of autonomous parking which seems all the rage but rarely is that useful.
You do benefit from keyless entry with a stop/start button so you do not need the key to start the car or open the car, which is a great bonus but you do have to touch a button on the door to lock/open.
The Outlander diesel model is available as a 5-seater model (all PHEV models are 5-seats to accommodate the battery pack) if you opt for the 2 model, it has a larger boot but it is the lowest spec of the range, which is a shame as not all people want or need 7-seats. We tested the ‘4’ model which comes with 7-seats as standard in a set of three rows. The rear two-seats neatly fold flat into the boot, but the 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. And that is one of the problems with 7-seats as it takes away from the depth of the boot, tall dogs and 7-seats do not tend to mix well.
With the 5-seats in place, you can carry 591 litres with all the rear seats down this increases to a usable 1,608 litres. With all seats occupied there will little room for all your luggage so if you are going on holiday with seven people you will need a roof box.
The mid-row of seats have a sliding range of 250 mm allowing easier access to rear and more leg room for back row passengers, although they are best suited to nimble children than adults.
The dipped beam features LED headlights, fog lights and daytime running lights, which work well but on full lights, the high beam uses halogen bulbs which seems a bit odd and gives up a burnt top effect to the light beam.
Standard equipment on the ‘4’ includes dual climate control air conditioning, cruise control, electric sunroof, power fold in door mirrors, leather seats and navigation with DAB radio tuner.