After many months of intense use, my Outlander is doing really well. Its powerful air-conditioning is always great. The ride, to me, is better than the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 or Nissan X-Trail.
It may not have the best re-sale value, but I have no intention of selling this awsome machine. The ride is smoooth, and quiet with minimal wind noise at high speeds. Its engine fan is noticeable, but I love that - it makes it sound powerful and expensive.
Purchase went smoothly, but only 2k miles so can't comment about running costs. Boot space is limited, mainly because the spare is inside, which I like.
Overall I am happy with space, which takes two medium large suitcases, four travel bags, extra clothes, etc., all under the tonneau cover. Room for lots of tools etc in lower storage area.
I find the vehicle appealing; the control layout is superior to other 4x4's I've owned. The combined auto and manual 4 speed sport gearbox is nice; acceleration is more rapid in manual, improving overall handling and control through tight bends.
Fuel consumption a little high but with the power from the 2.4 litre power unit, and running in over the winter, acceptable at 25+ local driving. Interior comfort is excellent; the leather is great, not cold. Visibility excellent No cruise, however after driving the Outlander I’ve discovered it does not need it, good throttle control, great driving position, and seat design is fine. It also goes through a car wash with ease.
The rear door has poor pull down grip positioning and attracts dirt, front wipers are good, lighting good, big side mirrors a boon, rarely requires trimming.
On the down side, no protector grill for the oil cooler, intake is angled so may not be a problem. Loads of cabin storage, excellent dual front and rear arm rests good headroom. Power output well distributed. This motor belies its power to weight ratio, is sporty and stops well.
A firm comfortable ride, with good seats and driving position and room all round, even when I (at 6'4") have my seat in the rearmost position. Well equipped, excellent air-con and sound system (nice 6-CD changer).
It's heavy on fuel though. Boot space is OK, given the platform it uses, and not that awkward. The auto hunts a bit, especially going up long hills, so it's best to use the tiptronic to keep it in the preferred gear (but remember this will gear down if you slow or stop!)
It's good on rough ground and has useful ground clearance, for a soft-roader. I do not find the engine noisy at higher speeds, but the sunroof causes considerable noise when open.
Overall I have been very pleased with it - looks good too.
The Outlander is not the sort of vehicle that you expect. You expect a typical Japanese machine with no character but after a while it grows on you.
OK, so it's not got a diesel. If you really want one of those look elsewhere. Here you have something quite different.
For a start, just how many have you actually seen? Yes well I hadnt seen any on the road either and that puts you into that special catagory of the "what the hell was that" as you drive past the populas.
Altogether, it's a satifying drive - if like me you like automatics and can't understand why anyone these days would bother with a manual, especially with all the traffic in cities these days.
The Outlander gives you imperious vision, manners of the best estate cars with the ability to handle the worst of British weather. Be it rain, wind, sleet or snow, the 4x4 AWD handles it all with no trouble at all.
Best of all, it is so, so reliable, it will never ever let you down -like for instance a Land Rover. Just look at history - when did you see a Japanese car at the bottom of the league in JD power survey... try never!
It's a great car. Don't worry that you or the press can't pigeon hole it. It is neither an estate car nor a true off-roader. It competes with the soft roaders, only this time it leads the pack.
You won't regret it. Go out and enjoy it, especially in Jan/Feb when its icy and it snows.
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