Brochure prices look high, particularly compared with the Nissan X-Trail, but substantial discounts bring the actual purchase cost down to competitive levels. Resale values aren’t as good as those of many rivals, though.
The hybrid version can travel short distances on electric power alone, so it should be cheap to fuel if you use it mainly around town, but less so if you do longer trips, when it makes more use of the petrol engine. It certainly has extremely low company car tax bills. The diesel model is reasonably economical, officially at least.
Service intervals are 12,500 miles or 12 months, for both hybrid and diesel models. The Mitsubishi Servicing Plan, which fixes the price of the first three scheduled services, is worth considering, but it’s not as cheap as plans offered by many rivals.
Mitsubishi Outlander equipment
Entry-level GX2 models lack Bluetooth and have only five seats, so we’d opt for GX3 or hybrid GX3h, which brings dual-zone climate control, reversing sensors, Bluetooth and alloy wheels. GX3 has seven seats, too. GX3/h versions also feature neat touches such as heated electric folding door mirrors and automatic wipers, making them feel more upmarket.
On the hybrid version there’s an additional GX3h+ trim that adds heated front seats, and an app-based remote charging and cabin heating system controlled by your smartphone.
GX4/h trim also comes with heated seats as well as sat-nav, a DAB radio, leather trim, a reversing camera, a sunroof and a powered tailgate, but it’s pretty expensive, so hard to make a case for. In a similar vein, the flagship GX4hs – there isn’t a GX4 equivalent – adds some neat safety kit and adaptive cruise control, but it costs a lot so is difficult to recommend.
Mitsubishi Outlander reliability
Mitsubishi’s reliability record is a bit hit and miss. In our most recent reliability survey it finished around the middle of the chart. However, it does come with a three-year/unlimited mileage warranty. Hybrid versions get a comprehensive five-year/62,500-mile warranty, which should quell any concerns about battery life and electric motor problems.
All versions get a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty and three years’ pan-European roadside, home and accident assistance.
Mitsubishi Outlander safety & security
All versions come with stability control and seven airbags, including one to protect the driver’s knees. Top models get plenty of sophisticated safety measures, including lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control and a collision-mitigation system which applies the brakes in the event it senses an imminent crash.
The Outlander received the maximum five stars in its Euro NCAP crash test, although it didn’t score as highly as some rivals. Security kit is also comprehensive.
A space-saver spare wheel is standard on all diesel models, while hybrid models get a tyre inflation kit.
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The most basic five-seat version of the Outlander is not badly equipped. Features include cruise control, climate control and USB connectivity, although Bluetooth is an extra dealer-fit option.
Our pick GX3
Opt for a GX3 and you’ll get seven seats, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, rear parking sensors and automatic wipers. Cosmetic upgrades include 18in alloys, chrome inner door handles and privacy glass, so it looks a little sharper. A hybrid variant is available, called the GX3h.
This trim adds heated front seats and an app-based remote charging and cabin heating system controlled by your smartphone.
You get stacks of kit in the GX4 Outlander, including a reversing camera, heated leather seats, a sat-nav system with a 7.0in touchscreen, an electric sunroof and DAB radio. GX4h versions also add a heated steering wheel.
The GX4hs builds on the GX4 trim’s kit list with the addition of front and rear parking sensors, forward collision mitigation system, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning.