We have had several MPVs in the past because we have four children, but I can honestly say with my hand on my heart that this car is a cracker. It does everything effortlessly and climate control, with four children in the back, is a major plus point, especialy with two children being female teenagers. There's not a murmur from them, because they can adjust their own heating.
Fuel economy is great - we purchased the car one week, and in the second week put the rooftop box on it with all our holiday paraphernalia, and cases in the very large boot, filled her up with diesel and off we went to Devon (Bideford) for two weeks. 1500 miles later we went all the way back up to Glasgow after the holiday, and nothing went wrong with the car and to date nothing has gone wrong.
I would advise anyone to get yourself down to a Mitsubishi dealer and buy the 2.0-litre diesel Equippe - it's the mid-range car, but has climate control and two sunroofs, as well as traction control. If you have three kids and their pals, then this car is the one to buy bar none.
After my kids and their friends have been in and out of the car, chairs up, chairs down, doors slammed, and buttons pressed and punched, nothing has falled off or broken. This car is the best MPV on the market bar none.
A practical, affordable, versatile, not to mention stylish MPV such as this one deserves to be a segment leader.
Sure, competition is stiff, but this is simply aa great car, from a great company. Anybody looking to buy in this segment must consider this vehicle, or else they are going to miss out.
Its features, style and space are sure to please.
I've found the engine in this car to be noisy at start-up, although it gets better when warm, and it torque-steers on hard accelaration in lower gears. Head and leg room needs to be a bit better, and better storage for boot cover is needed when using all seven seats. It also needs steering reach adjustment - this would improve foot-to-clutch movements.
However, for all that it has damn good looks, the equipment and safety levels good, and I'm consistently getting 450 miles to a tank. It's also easy to drive and park, especially when reversing.
Overall, it's a very good car and drives well. It is reasonably economical with fuel consumption, has good standard equipment and safety levels also quite good. Depreciation shouldn't be bad either, I don't think, and of course there are not many vehicles on the road which look as good.
Mitsubishi needs to rectify a few minor details and consider adding a smooth V6 diesel version with possible four-wheel drive as an option - after all, the running cost for these type of vehicles is never going to be cheap, just as best as they can get.
I got this car on the 1st March 2006 which was the first day for the new 06 plate. We got the car totally by accident, but it was an excellent accident.
Previously I had a Renault Espace 2.0 Expression which was useless. The rear seats were heavy to remove, wheras in the Grandis they fold flat into the floor. The seats were uncomfortable in the Espace, while in the Grandis you can travel long distances in comfort (leather seats) while watching a DVD on the in car entertainment system.
The engine had a lack of power in the Espace but with the Grandis' 2.4 there is plenty power, which is great for pulling our caravan. The gearbox in the Espace kept on failing, wheras the Grandis has a triptronic auto box which is excellent and works extreamly well.
I got a good amount of equiptment because it is the top of the range model. It was fitted with leather seats, a DVD player, chrome exhaust, chrome boot lid, chrome door handles, leather steering wheel and leather gear nob. We also added a tow bar and 0% finance over three years.
The Grandis has very good handling for a car that size. Its ride is only in the slightest bit hard but goes round corners like a dream. I drove this car down to Bath and we averaged near 30mpg which is a good figure for a big MPV with a 2.4-litre engine.
Finally, the Grandis is a fabulous car to drive and was reasonably priced especially with the great deal I got. Well done, Mitsubishi!
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