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Mitsubishi Outlander review

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Mitsubishi Outlander
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20 Sep 2016 10:32 | Last updated: 19 Sep 2018 09:30

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Mitsubishi Outlander 4x4 running costs

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’s also worth noting that the fuel tank is very small, so you will only get around 200 miles from a fill-up.

However, the main selling point of the PHEV is that it has extremely low company car tax bills, although the diesel should be cheaper to run day to day (unless you have an inner-city commute).

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 schemes offered by many rivals.

Mitsubishi Outlander 4x4 equipment

Entry-level 2 models lack Bluetooth and have only five seats, so we’d opt for 3 or the hybrid PHEV Juro, which have dual-zone climate control, reversing sensors, Bluetooth and alloy wheels. 3 trim has seven seats, while PHEV Juro models feature neat touches such as heated seats, heated electric folding door mirrors and automatic wipers, making the car feel more upmarket.

Range-topping 4 trim comes with everything you’d ever need, including sat-nav, DAB radio, a 360deg camera, heated front seats, a powered tailgate, LED headlights and an electric glass sunroof.

The hybrid variant of the 4, called PHEV 4h, is similarly equipped, but we would recommend stepping up to PHEV 4hs because you also get lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control. The flagship PHEV 5h and 5hs add luxuries such as premium nappa leather, an Alpine audio system and extra safety kit. However, it costs a lot so is difficult to recommend.

Mitsubishi Outlander 4x4 reliability

In our most recent reliability survey, Mitsubishi finished second as a brand and the Outlander took the top spot in the large SUV class.

On top of this, the Outlander comes with a three-year/unlimited mileage warranty, while hybrid versions get a comprehensive five-year/62,500-mile warranty that should quell any concerns about battery life and electric motor problems.

All versions have a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty and three years’ pan-European roadside, home and accident assistance.

Thatcham Research awarded the Outlander five out of five for guarding against being stolen and three out of five for resisting being broken into.

Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi Outlander 4x4 safety and 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 that applies the brakes in the event the car 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 comprehensive.

A space-saver spare wheel is standard on all diesel models, while hybrid models get a tyre inflation kit.

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Verdict

The Mitsubishi Outlander wins no prizes for refinement or interior quality, but the hybrid’s potentially low running costs will appeal to company car buyers

  • Available with seven seats
  • Large boot
  • Decent ride quality
  • Dull interior
  • Noisy diesel engines
  • Limited rear head room
There are 7 trims available for the Outlander 4x4. Click to see details.See all versions
Juro
The entry-level Outlander PHEV still gets plenty of kit including 18in alloy wheels, a reversing camera, dual-zone climate control, a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone link display, a...View trim
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The PHEV Juro is essentially the hybrid version of the 3 model, but it also comes with neat touches such as heated seats, heated electric folding door mirrors and automatic wipers...View trim
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4h
Along with all the bits Juro gets, 4h adds blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alert, LED head and fog lights, a power tailgate, 360-degree camera, leather seats and a heated steering wheel...View trim
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