CR-V dash is the brightest. The gearstick is uniquely positioned on the console and falls to hand easily. Clocks are not as adventurous though.
Both the Yeti and C-RV sport stiffer suspension settings but the Yeti's set up is better.
All the three contenders here have odd ball designs. While the Outlander is the most imposing, thanks to its fi ghter jet grille, the Yeti is more like a gum ball, mostly round with bug eyed foglamps up front. In profile too the Yeti looks stout and this look is carried on to the rear, courtesy its stout tail gate. In all the Yeti looks chunky and rather cute for an SUV. The Outlander, on the other hand, has immense road presence. Its high tail lamps look odd though. The CR-V meanwhile is edgier than the other two. In profi le the large glass panel is curved and looks inspired from a coupe.
Inside, the Yeti gets a subtle black and beige treatment topped up with a hint of wood. The large steering wheel is nice to grip and gets scroll buttons for audio functions. A little more flair in the instrument panel however would have made things better. The centre console gets a reversing sensor display, which is a boon. The seats are comfortable and supportive, but all adjustments are manual as opposed to electrical adjustments offered by the competition. Space at the back too is adequate and not generous, especially compared to its rivals here.
Two-tone dash looks smart, as does the wheel. The Outlander also gets a Rockford Fosgate sub as standard kit.
Both the Outlander and the Yeti feature unique designs. While the Outlander gets the 'Fighter' grille, the Yeti gets those bug eyed lamps.
The CR-V meanwhile is a much brighter place to be in. Its steering mounted controls are the easiest to use and the seats too are plush and brilliant. At the back the CR-V is the most spacious, be it kneeroom or shoulder room.
However it is the Outlander that gives you the feeling of being the largest, courtesy the flat surfaces of the bonnet. The instrument panel too is the best of this lot and the seats are large and comfortable. The Outlander also gets heated seats. The gear lever for the auto transmission is small but paddle shifters are positioned well and fall easily to fingers. At the back, it is certainly more spacious than the Skoda but loses to the Honda.
Steering mounted controls on the Yeti are a joy to use. Quality of toggles also feel good. A comprehensive trip computer is present too.
In the size wars, the Yeti is the tiniest of them all. However with minimal overhangs, the Yeti does score some brownie points.
The Outlander offers a heavier steering and negotiating it through the same traffic is tougher. The Mitsubishi is also softly sprung and while at slow speeds, the suspension soaks up most of the bumps with ease, there is more body roll when going around bends at speeds.This would make it less fun on twisty bits of road.
The CR-V too offers a heavy steering, but one which gets light as the speeds increase. Thanks to its large dimensions, a three point turn feels like a chore. The suspension is stiff and this gives the CR-V amazing handling characteristics. Something in the league of sedans.
However the suspension has a tendency to be crashy while going through potholes. This makes things uncomfortable when travelling over badly surfaced roads. All round visibility however is superb, which comes as a boon, especially when reversing or parking since this is the only one in this lot that does not get parking sensors.