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3 out of 5 stars

For Sharp handling, roomy cabin, good looks

Against Not as refined as rivals, uncomfortable fold-out seats

Verdict Stylish, practical 4x4, but rearmost seats for children only

Go for… 2.0 DI-D

Avoid… 2.4 MIVEC

Mitsubishi Outlander 4x4
  • 1. The Outlander has well-weighted, precise steering and a crisp gearchange, while its tall body is well controlled
  • 2. The 2.4 petrol is undoubtedly fast, but pricey to run against the diesel versions
  • 3. Outlanders fall between insurance groups 21 and 27, meaning your premium won’t be too expensive when compared with other seven-seat 4x4s
  • 4. The 2.4 petrol model has an Government average economy of 30mpg – but expect much less. The 2.2 diesel is more efficient, returning 38mpg
  • 5. There have been a few recalls for the Outlander, most notably to do with leaking fuel pipes, stalling engines, failing brakes and faulty brake lights
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Mitsubishi Outlander 4x4 full review with expert trade views

The Outlander is surprisingly good to drive for a car of its size. It has well-weighted, precise steering and a crisp gearchange, while its tall body is well controlled. Its ride isn’t as comfortable as say, a Freelander’s, but it never feels too harsh.

However, engine noise, particularly from the diesels, is prominent in the cabin – wind- and tyre noise also intrude at motorway speeds.

Inside, the Outlander provides very good head- and legroom up front and that spaciousness extends to the rear seats, also. Move to the rearmost seats, though, and the space becomes disappointing. They are for kids or emergencies only.

With the rearmost seats folded away, boot space is impressive at 541 litres with the middle row of seats in place. When folded, they create a huge load area of 1691 litres.

The Outlander’s cabin is well designed and easy to use if a bit plasticky in some areas.

Trade view

Not as classy or refined as the Freelander

Rory White
Used car writer

The Outlander was originally available with either a 138bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine or 168bhp 2.4-litre petrol engine. In 2009, the Outlander underwent a face-lift that introduced the 2.2-litre diesel found in the Citroen C-Crosser, Peugeot 4007 and Land Rover Freelander of the same generation.

For its better value and fuel economy, our choice would be the older 4x4 2.0-litre diesel. It manages 41.5mpg and emits 180g/km CO2. The later 2.2 is more powerful, offering 171bhp, but fuel economy suffers as a result and used prices remain high. Mitsubishi later offered a two-wheel-drive version of the 2.2 diesel, but used prices remain high. The 2.4 petrol is undoubtedly fast, but pricey to run against the diesel versions.

Before 2009, the trims included Equippe, Warrior, Elegance or Diamond and afterwards it became GX2, GX3 and GX4. We recommend sticking with either Equippe or GX2, which get air-con, a CD player and electric windows as standard. However, if you want seven seats, you’ll have to go for one of the more expensive options.

Trade view

Intriguing, cheaper alternative to the Land Rover Freelander

Rory White
Used car writer

Outlanders fall between insurance groups 21 and 27, meaning your premium won’t be too expensive when compared with other seven-seat 4x4s.

The 2.4 petrol model has an Government average economy of 30mpg – but expect much less – with emissions of 222g/km CO2. The 2.2 diesel is more efficient, returning 38mpg and emitting 194g/km of CO2.

Trade view

Not as classy or refined as the Freelander

Rory White
Used car writer

There have been a few recalls for the Outlander, most notably to do with leaking fuel pipes, stalling engines, failing brakes, faulty brake lights and clutches as well as broken parking brakes.

Owners have complained of ‘lurching’ on diesel models and faulty brake sensors.

Trade view

Intriguing, cheaper alternative to the Land Rover Freelander

Rory White
Used car writer
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