I bought this car rather quickly - I had no real intention of buying one but saw a deal that looked too good to be true! I was happy to put up with the petrol only engine (I had been wanting a diesel) as the asking price of under £15k for a brand new car was excellent.
The ride and driving position are very good. Very easy to use auto box with tiptronic option - which hardly ever gets used. I use this car for towing a fairly large caravan and it seems to have plenty of grunt and good stability.
Down side is the fuel consumption. Manufacturers claim of 28mpg combined is, as ever, a little ambitious. More like 25mpg. Also, service prices are steep. £270 for an 18,000 mile service. Dealers vary. The selling dealer was rude and hopeless but I have managed to find a better franchised dealer nearby who offer excellent customer service.
The standard equipment levels are adequate and the car feels well put together. It's nice that there aren't too many on the road too. Reliability has been excellent and being a Mitsubishi, I fully expect this car to out-live me!
Overall, a good car but a little costly to keep.
You can feel the quality of this car in use. Looks unusual which i like. Only a few hundred quid more than a medium mpv so why buy a scenic or equivalent. Easy, simple dash, everythings there. On the down side, rock hard suspension.Mitsubishi service says the brake fluid needs changing at 27k or 3 years????. The 54k service is well over £750,think what it will be in 3 years when I need mine, although I am about to start a haggling process for the timing belt part of that job. Group 14 insurance??? Has not let us down in over two years, we aim to keep the car for as long as possible.
I've owned the Outlander for 2 years as a second car and although the mileage is minimal (app.10,000) I've experienced no problems with the car at all.
The driving position is more comfortable than my company BMW and the car is a joy to drive. Fuel consumption is a little disappointing at 24 mpg but journeys are mainly short so there's room for improvement.
The build quality feels excellent and my only reservation is the restricted tailgate room for bulky items, my previously owned Jeep Cherokee performed better.
It's not first from the traffic lights but you don't but a vehicle like this to race-it's one to sit back and enjoy.
There aren't too many around so obviously the word hasn't got out. It's very good value for money.
I purchased this 2005 54-plate car with 7999 miles on the clock. It's quite heavy on petrol, but I'm told this will improve after 12,000 miles.
When I bought the car, the driver's side rear light cluster was not working. I booked it into my dealer and received excellent service under the warranty - I was updated every 10 minutes on the progress of repair, was given filter coffee while I waited, and, if the car was not repaired after one hour, they would give me a courtesy car. The repair was completed in 35 minutes.
I drive mainly out of town and on country lanes, and have no problem on steep hills even using full automatic mode (there's no need for tiptronic if you drive it correctly).
I like the interior better than most of the rivals; the circular dials are an advantage. I hate all-electronic dials - what happens if your electrics go? The leather seats very comfortable and definitely not cold, and don't get too hot in warm weather, either.
I did not see any Outlanders on the road until I bought one, then I kept on seeing them. They are not that common, unlike a Nissan X-Trail, which I also considered. Once out of warranty, I intend to get an LPG conversion (Mitsubishi no longer offers it) due to the mileage I do.
The main reason I bought a car of this type is to carry dogs in the boot as well as 4x4 capability for winter country lanes. I have ordered a double boot crate, ample for two Stafford terriers, so the boot cannot be as small as some reviews say!
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