The Exceed tops the range and is available with three all-wheel-drive powertrains. The 2.4-litre petrol CVT, the diesel with a six-speed automatic and the plug-in hybrid all make an appearance, costing from $42,290 to $53,990.

The range-topper comes loaded with 18-inch alloys, a six-speaker sound system, reversing camera, central locking with automatic door lock, climate control, active cruise control, leather gearshift and steering wheel, auto headlights and wipers, partial leather interior with micro-suede inserts, keyless entry and start, electric front seats, heated and folding power mirrors and electrochromatic rear vision mirror.

The presence of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto makes up for the lack of sat nav. There is also DAB radio, six speakers, USB and Bluetooth. The 7.0-inch touch screen, shared with the ASX, is of the "it's alright, I guess" approach to touchscreen hardware. Looks good, though.

Standard on the Exceed are seven airbags, ABS, stability and traction controls, reversing camera, reverse parking sensors, forward AEB, lane-departure warning, active cruise, lane-change warning, lane-change assist, around-view camera, reverse cross-traffic alert, blind-spot warning and auto high beam. The Outlander range scored five ANCAP stars in 2014.