Car Reviews: Mitsubishi Grandis 2.4 MIVEC Equippe Manual – The AA

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Stylish to at and much better than of its closest rivals Attractively and thoughtfully equipped Spacious plays host to a novel and useful – seating Surprisingly entertaining to drive and agile than some MPVs


Despite innovations and clever pricing, lack of image could Grandis’ popularity Although and fascia are stylish and well out, more could been made of the centre in terms of storage space No engine at launch could buyers more interested in than performance Auto option blunts performance and economy

In the recent past could easily have described as little more a two-model car maker, its supercar Evo series and rugged off-roaders all the limelight. The firm also did and still does – a line in people carriers, but its other products captivating they never got a look in. it didn’t help that weren’t as curvaceous as the competition, prospects have taken a for the better with the attractive

For a company with close with off-roading and, recently, high performance Mitsubishi’s decision to tackle the people carrier market the sharp end is one that should be Students of Mitsubishi history no doubt claim that the is far from the company’s first but what should be remembered is previous cars barely on the radar of buyers looking at the of Ford’s Galaxy or Renault’s

It’s significant that should be drawn with two vehicles, as on first acquaintance the appears to straddle these two sectors. It’s not as tall or as as the Galaxy but is noticeably larger the popular Scenic. In reality, the is as practical as the former thanks in to a clever folding seat and more stylish than the

Two things make the Grandis of a credible rival to long-time of the MPV popularity chart than Mitsubishi efforts; the car’s to deliver a surprisingly enjoyable and the simple fact that the doesn’t look like a van windows. With style and increasingly important buying when so many cars similar features, Mitsubishi’s not only delivers on practical but also possesses the looks to put it and shoulders above the competition.

Only time will whether Mitsubishi can succeed in the term with the Grandis. If the seven seat capacity can be as something offering real to the ownership experience, there’s chance in the years to come the company will be seen as than just a purveyor of and rally replicas.

Our verdict on the Grandis 2.4 MIVEC Equippe

Mitsubishi’s decision to go for a streamlined MPV and not a boxy people carrier the Grandis was a welcome one. more car-like and behaving like its rivals when on the should make the Grandis a contender for anyone seeking a versatile family wagon.

For what you get, the Grandis’ price starts to look of a bargain. If there is a gripe, that the petrol engine is going to deliver the cost of a traditional diesel unit as a company purchase, it’s to prove an economically viable better cars from exist. That said, as a purchase the Grandis is good for money, is well equipped out of the box and reliability record should that unplanned trips to the are infrequent.

Space and practicality

Two issues are raised when dealing seven-seat MPVs; are the rearmost actually useable, and what do you do them when they’re not in Thankfully the Grandis’ rearmost are of a useful size, and can even adults – albeit for of modest durations. When not in use can be folded flat into the transforming the Grandis into a cross between an MPV and estate

Fold down the middle row and got the makings of a posh, removals Elsewhere in the cabin there’s the spread of drinks holders and plus a storage compartment the third row of seats.

Controls and


Car security

Car safety

as with computers, the newer the car the its safety features – is the level of progress these The Grandis is no different from the whiz-bang computers, as it is bang up to in the safety department. Boasting airbags (twin front and plus four curtain for the front and middle rows of anyone concerned about passengers should be impressed by efforts.

Active measures include brakes, electronic brakeforce and Isofix child seat points. Buyers seeking and stability systems will to discount the entry-level Classic,

Driver appeal

Mitsubishi Grandis

For a multi people carrier, the Grandis is a agile and entertaining vehicle. Its estate car-like stance, ride and direct steering it a car that can be driven enthusiastically fear of getting into at limits that would other MPVs feeling out of depth. While no fireball, the petrol engine is a willing while the fascia-mounted manual is smooth and precise.

The big Mitsubishi’s low of gravity takes the drama out of direction changes – roll is kept to a minimum.

car appeal

First car appeal

and image

With more in with products from than many of its European when it comes to fit and finish, Grandis feels well together. It may lack the panache of an but, when transporting children, durability will for more over the car’s The Grandis’ appearance is likely to do for Mitsubishi’s image – the bold looks challenge the that MPVs must be vans with windows.

If enough people are attracted, the could be the car to shift buyer of the brand away from its ‘rally replica and off-roader’ to one that is more inclusive.

One popular criticism of conventional is that their lofty positions can be difficult to access if anything but super-agile. The good about the Grandis is that, it retains a taller than stance, few people should it difficult to enter and egress the car’s cabin. Despite the big obvious plus points, one could potentially become the absence of practical sliding doors. In crowded car parks can be a real bonus – when you’re loading or children ignorant of the need to a clash of doors with vehicles

Stereo and ICE (In car entertainment)

the gearstick on the Grandis’ centre is the car’s stereo, with a display further up the fascia crucially, better placed in the sightline. This combination the task of changing radio or CD track much easier having to squint at a smaller The Grandis Classic gets a acceptable four-speaker unit with single CD player, the variants also gain a six-disc CD changer and two extra

The sound quality from units is more than but there is no provision for steering controls.

Versatile Grandis a number of flexible seating

Colours and trim

Dark do the Grandis few favours as they the car’s tasteful curves and it look ‘flabby’. Better to go lighter metallic colours, not only look good but help to add a few pounds to the car’s price when the time to sell on. The Grandis’ cabin is a mix of light and dark trim and hardwearing fabrics – the will no doubt help the inevitable knocks accumulated carrying small children and

The materials used in the cabin are of a higher quality than usually expect in a Mitsubishi, the firm’s gradual shift While not in the same league as Galaxy, the materials are more to the eye than efforts from the of Toyota and Nissan.

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