The entry-level Outlander ES is available with a 2.0-litre engine and five-speed manual gearbox, a 2.4-litre with a CVT, and the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version, running from $29,920 through to $47,990. Along with the engine choices are a choice of five or seven seats, front- or all-wheel drive and the option of an ADAS safety pack.

The ES specifications include 18-inch alloys, a six-speaker sound system, reversing camera, remote central locking, climate control, cruise control, leather gearshift and steering wheel, power mirrors, cloth trim and a full-size spare tyre (not on the PHEV).

The same multimedia system does duty across the whole range. The ho-hum software is supported by Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which makes up for the lack of sat nav. There is also DAB radio, six speakers, USB and Bluetooth. The 7.0-inch touch screen, familiar from the ASX, is of the "it's alright, I guess" approach to touchscreen hardware favoured by compatriot Toyota. Looks good, though.

Standard across the range are seven airbags, ABS, stability and traction controls and a reversing camera. The ADAS package - optional on ES models, standard on the rest - includes reverse parking sensors, forward AEB, lane-departure warning, active cruise and auto high beam. The Outlander range scored five ANCAP stars in 2014.