Outlanders come in five-seat or seven-seat form. The least costly is the five-seat LS 2WD, which comes with the less powerful of the two petrol engines, cloth seats, and a five-speed manual gearbox. (Every other Outlander has an auto gearbox.)
If you are happy with just five seats, you can spend more for an LS Safety Pack 2WD, which brings you windscreen wipers that operate automatically when it rains, headlights that switch themselves on when it’s getting dark, and the active safety suite (active cruise control, auto-braking, lane departure warning, and auto low-beam). In addition, you can power-fold the exterior mirrors to keep them out of harm’s way.
Spending more again on a five-seater gets you an LS Safety Pack AWD, which has the same features but drives all four wheels with the more powerful, 2.4-litre, petrol engine.
If you need seven seats, your choices begin with the LS 2WD auto. It comes with the third seat-row, the less powerful, 2.0-litre, petrol engine, and the power-folding mirrors, but none of the extra equipment supplied with the Safety Pack versions.
The next price-step in a seven-seater takes you to the LS AWD, which gets you all-wheel drive and the more powerful petrol engine.
Spending more on a seven-seater Outlander LS retains AWD and brings you either the Safety Pack on its own (with accompanying auto wipers and headlights), or all that plus the diesel engine.
The most expensive Outlander is the Exceed, a seven-seater which comes in petrol (2.4-litre) or diesel form, in each case with AWD. An Exceed has auto wipers and headlights, and all the Safety Pack features. It also has a smart key, which can remain safely in your bag or pocket while you unlock the car, start it and drive away. Inside, there are part-leather seats, heated front seats, a power-adjusted driver’s seat, and a classy looking gloss black instrument panel. Overhead is a powered sunroof. Exterior cameras offer views from all sides and above. And there are three additional active safety features: a Blind spot warning, Lane change assist, and Rear cross-traffic alert. (For more on Outlander safety systems, please open the Safety section below.)