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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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Driving

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Mitsubishi Outlander 4x4 performance

The Outlander’s diesel is no fireball, but it’s keen enough at low and medium revs that driving it is a relaxed affair. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard on diesel versions, but an optional six-speed automatic is available on 4 models and above. The auto ’box has slightly less pulling power, but it’s unlikely that you’ll notice it on the move.

The auto-only hybrid is brisk enough around town but can feel leisurely at higher speeds, and the way the electric motors and petrol engine interact can sometimes result in an unpredictable power delivery. Of course, there’s a seamless stream of power in electric-only mode, although you’ll be lucky to get 20 miles of pure-electric travel even in gentle use.

All versions of the Outlander have four-wheel drive, so they never struggle to put their power down.

Mitsubishi Outlander 4x4 ride

The diesel Outlander ride reasonably comfortably, although a Hyundai Santa Fe is better at sponging up sharp-edged bumps that can have the Outlander jolting and thumping quite a bit. Body movement isn’t especially well controlled, either, so the car can bounce around at higher speeds, and it leans a fair bit in corners.

The heavier hybrid model feels more stable in corners, although it has a firmer ride than the diesel version. Both models tend to thump loudly over potholes.

Mitsubishi Outlander 4x4 handling

No matter which version you go for, the steering is disconcertingly light at higher speeds. Combined with the pronounced body lean in corners, the Outlander isn’t a particularly reassuring car to drive on faster roads.

It’s fine if you’re just cruising around, and the car ambles along happily enough on the motorway, but press on and it soon gets flustered. Nothing unexpected should happen, however, thanks to standard-fit stability and traction control.

Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi Outlander 4x4 refinement

The diesel engine and turbocharger are a little noisy. You don’t feel much vibration through the controls, although in the automatic version you feel a slight shimmy through the body. It’s pretty quiet on the motorway, but there’s a fair amount of wind and road noise at higher speeds, making the Outlander a little tiring on long journeys. The manual gearshift is notchy; the auto gearbox is smoother.

The hybrid is very quiet when running in electric-only mode and is still pretty hushed when the petrol engine kicks in, but the revs can surge annoyingly and the auto 'box can be hesitant.

 

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