Mitsubishi Grandis Car Review | Auto Trader

14 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Mitsubishi Grandis Car Review | Auto Trader
Mitsubishi Grandis

Mitsubishi Grandis

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Ten Point Test

Auto Trader Ten Point Test Rating #8211; 79%

There was a time when being spacious and safe was enough for the people-carrier demanding masses. Not any more. Now we want fun-to-drive people-carriers.

Ford#8217;s new S-MAX has been soaking up most of the attention but Mitsubishi Grandis deserves a place in the limelight for its take on how to turn the family taxi into a fun drive.

1. Looks 9/10

We like it! The Grandis borrows heavily from the Colt#8217;s front-on appearance without bloating its stylish lines. The high waistline tapers towards the nose for a low and sporty look, furthering the impression that this is a performance MPV and not just a people carrier.

The Grandis#8217; good looks extend to the rear where contemporary light clusters straddle the rear door. All in all, a big car that doesn#8217;t look like one, if you know what we mean.

2. Looks inside 8/10

The lower-than-usual driving position makes for a good balance between visibility and a car-like driving position. You#8217;ll be in a lower position than some other MPVs on the road, but probably sit there wondering why they need that extra height.

Turn the key and the dash is illuminated with stylish (hmmm, this word#8217;s going to come up a lot) blue lighting (or blue #8220;hi-contrast illumination#8221;) while those parts of the dial without information are blacked out #8211; cutting the time the eye travels from the road to the dial and back again, which has got to be a good thing. The dash swells into the cab centre, not unpleasantly, and is a clutter-free zone with enough storage to satisfy without going down the route of cup-holder craziness. There#8217;s a tendency for the driver#8217;s left knee to sit against the central area which wasn#8217;t a problem for me #8211; but could trouble the more cowboy-gaited driver.

3. Practicality 8/10

This is an essential category for an MPV to perform well in #8211; and the Grandis does. No-one#8217;s going to be first in the queue to occupy the third row of seats but everyone had plenty of room and comfort with nice little touches like fold-down tables paying more than lip service to there being life beyond the front seats.

Mitsubishi#8217;s #8220;hide and seat#8221; system is great for when you need storage rather than seats (which folds neatly into the floor) and if you take down the second row too the storage available leaps from 320 litres to 1545 litres. And it#8217;s easy to figure out #8211; especially good news if you#8217;re one of life#8217;s instruction-phobes. Run out of space and you probably needed a truck anyway.

4. Ride and Handling 8/10

We took the Grandis on the crosstown capital commute as well as for a motorway-pounding family trip to the West Country. It adapted to both with ease. Clearly it#8217;s not going to be the car of choice for an urban commute, Mitsubishi lay on the Colt for that. But the more driver-focussed car-feel means it feels remarkably nippy for a seven-seater.

Take it on the big roads and it#8217;s in its element with its MPV nature only really exposed when you start nudging the speedo towards speeds you#8217;re not really supposed to.

5. Performance 7/10

We drove the six-speed diesel-fuelled Grandis 2.0 DI-D Classic and, as mentioned, only the higher speeds reveal it#8217;s people-carrier identity. Go for the diesel version and you#8217;ll be looking at a top speed of 121mph and just 10.8 seconds to get the needle to 62mph. No, it#8217;s not a sports coupe, but given it#8217;s primary functions, it is definitely fun to drive.

This is expected to be the model of choice for 85 per cent of UK buyers but a 2.4 four-cylinder petrol engine is also available.

6. Running Costs 7/10

Mitsubishi Grandis

The main choice facing buyers is whether to go for the 2-litre diesel version or 2.4-litre petrol model. Go for diesel and you should get an average of 43mpg and a CO2 rating of 176g/km (equating to £160 per year car tax). Choose petrol and the average fuel-consumption drops down to 28.2 mpg while the CO2 rating rises to 237g/km (equating to £190 per year car tax).

Mitsubishi offer a three year unlimited mileage warranty, 12 year anti-corrosion warranty and three years pan European roadside, home and accident assistance.

7. Reliability 7/10

The Grandis has only been on our roads for a couple of years so it#8217;s a bit early to say how reliable it will be long-term. During our week-long loan there were no problems and everything appears sturdy and well put-together. Across its range Mitsubishi scores just below average on Auto Trader#8217;s Reliability Index.

8. Safety 9/10

This is another area where an MPV should be playing to its strengths #8211; and the Grandis does. All UK Grandis models come fitted with driver and passenger front and side airbags as well as curtain airbags for the first and second rows of seats. The passenger airbag can be deactivated to allow child seats to be fitted to the front passenger seat if required. The Grandis Equippe and Elegance models come with active stability and traction control systems.

It scored a credible 4-Star EuroNCAP crash rating.

9. Equipment 8/10

The entry-level Grandis Classic sports 17#8243; alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning, front and rear sports bumpers and pretty much everything else you#8217;d expect at this level. Upgrade to the Equippe and you get the aforementioned traction and stability control plus dual sunroof and cruise control. The Elegance features all this plus leather seats.

Go for the range-topping Warrior version and you get a DVD Entertainment System, another inch on your alloys and more extras.

10. X-Factor 8/10

Wanna stand out? In a week of driving we didn#8217;t see another Mitsubishi Grandis on the road, it was fun to drive and everyone who saw it (and more importantly rode in it) was impressed. Chuck in nice to drive and the S-MAX has a rival for your affections.

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