Mitsubishi Outlander 4x4 full 9 point review
The Outlander's diesel engine has 148bhp and 280lb ft of pull, and even though it's no fireball when you rev it hard, it's keen enough in the low and mid range to keep life easy. Low-end models come with a six-speed manual gearbox, while posher models come with a smooth (if slightly hesitant) six-speed automatic.
Ride & Handling
The Outlander's ride is more comfortable than that of many rivals, and it's generally forgiving over bumpy roads. That loping gait means that body movement isn't especially well controlled, though, so it can bounce around at higher speeds, and there's quite a bit of lean in corners. At least there's always lots of grip and traction. The steering is disconcertingly light at higher speeds, though.
The engine transmits unwelcome vibrations through the steering wheel, but it stays pretty quiet if you keep the revs below 3000rpm. In fact, you don't hear much noise from anywhere on the motorway; road noise is very well suppressed and you'll hear only a little wind noise around the huge door mirrors. The manual gearshift is notchy, but the auto is smoother.
Buying & Owning
The Outlander has a lower starting price than the rival Hyundai Santa Fe, but the versions you’ll actually want don’t look such good value. At least the Outlander will be cheaper to run than many rivals – including the Santa Fe – thanks to the efficiency of its diesel engine.
Quality & Reliability
The Outlander’s cabin has some piano black inserts and metallic accents, but the other plastics feel quite cheap and the overall design is rather dated. Mitsubishi’s reliability record is poor; it finished 25th out of 27 manufacturers in the latest JD Power customer satisfaction survey.
Safety & Security
All versions come with stability control and seven airbags, including one to protect the driver's knees. Top models get some even more sophisticated safety measures, such as lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and a collision-mitigation system (which applies the brakes automatically if it senses an impending crash). The car has received the full five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests.
Behind The Wheel
Finding a comfortable driving position should be easy, because the seat has height adjustment and there's a good range of steering wheel adjustment. Most of the dashboard controls are simply laid out, too, but some of the buttons you won't use very often are tucked away out of sight, and the touch-screen sat-nav system has complex menus and small, hard-to-hit icons.
Space & Practicality
All but entry-level Outlanders get seven seats as standard. There's plenty of space in the front five, and the rear pair are reasonably comfortable; space in them is tight, but there's enough for kids, or adults on short journeys. The five rear-most seats fold flat, which liberates a huge amount of room for that trip to the dump. The boot is generous in five-seat mode, too, and even with all seven chairs in place, there’s enough room for a few bags.
Entry-level GX2 cars are pretty poorly equipped, but GX3s give you dual-zone climate control, automatic wipers, Bluetooth and alloy wheels. GX4 trim adds keyless entry and engine starting, electrically adjustable leather seats, a reversing camera and parking sensors, while GX5s also come with a powered tailgate and a DAB radio.