The MU-X is designed to be capable off road – and not just on gravel or dirt roads. As a result, it does not feel as sharp and precise on sealed roads as less rugged SUVs.
Your MU-X will not handle badly, but keen drivers won’t take much pleasure from attempting to push it along. Nevertheless, body roll is reasonably well controlled, and steering is predictable even if a little vague.
Highway performance is comparable with many vehicles of this sort - much the same as you would expect from a Toyota Prado or Fortuner, for example. You can overtake slower vehicles if you are patient and allow yourself plenty of space.
As a touring vehicle, the MUX is quiet, comfortable and relaxed, thanks in part to the very useful power from at low engine speeds and the tall gearing. The excellent highway fuel economy is also a positive.
Off-road, a 4WD MU-X can take you quite a long way – helping you and your family enjoy hard-to-reach camping locations and the like. Tough, ute-like underpinnings mean it is less likely to be damaged off road than SUVs built more like passenger cars.
Any 4WD MU-X has plenty of ground clearance, and on particularly rough ground, low-range gears make it easy to drive very slowly. The long suspension travel also helps in rough going, by allowing the wheels to comfortably follow the ground without bucking the car up and down. Those wheels are placed relatively close to the bumpers at each end of the car, for short overhangs that are less likely to hang up on steep obstacles.
In an auto MU-X, a sequential shift mode allows you to select and hold a preferred gear in challenging going. The electronic traction control works quite well off-road also, but no rear diff lock is available on an MU-X, even as an option.