It's not an out-of-body amazing experience but is honestly perfectly fine. There's a 2.4litre engine so you know you've got enough power to get around on long trips and easily up steep hills. It's no Michael Buble but it's smooth enough on the road. The handling is good and the steering is light - often in bigger cars I find turning the wheel an arm workout but not in this Outlander.
I'm high off the road which makes me feel safe around the other cars, because it is a sizeable vehicle. It's a front-wheel drive so you won't be able to take it off-road, but as I drove it only on tarmac, I haven't had any issues with traction (I did not test it on gravel or dirt).
Because it's not as long as a full-time seven seater, this one has a good turning circle of 10.6m. Looking for a park on the school run the other day, I was trying to hurriedly get a park on the other side of the road and I actually made the u-turn - I didn't have to do a three-point turn - and I got the park! So the smaller turning circle comes in handy.
The bottom line is: you're not going to rave about the way this car drives. But look at the price and that explains everything.