Mitsubishi Outlander review (2012 onwards) – MSN Cars UK

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Mitsubishi Outlander

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Summary – greener Outlander marks out new direction. Will anyone

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We – Tonnes of space, refined and economical. Interior improved

We don’t like Occasionally unsettled ride, not as to look at as its predecessor


The Mitsubishi what? Fair – it sells in tiny in the UK and Mitsubishi’s ambitions for the third Outlander are still pretty over here: the British is targeting a 25% sales increase, to cars per year. The new Outlander the most hotly anticipated car of then.

However, it’s the mainstream volume production car to be from the drawing board internal combustion and plug-in tech in mind, boldly where no other medium-sized has gone before. So it’s a car for the company, signalling a greener which Mitsubishi calls next frontier’.

Solid, simple and safe is how describes the new car

Solid, simple and is how Mitsubishi describes the new car’s philosophy and, aestheticallyspeaking, bang on. Eyeing up the slab-sided won’t elicit pangs of bereft as it is of visual tension and the nose of the outgoing car. lacking rugged off-roader it may be, but those pebble smooth are at least functional – to a 7% reduction in drag compared to the old

With just the 4WD 2.2 turbo-diesel on offer to UK buyers for now, the new range should be a breath of air for the terminally indecisive. A plug-in with, remarkably, sub-50g/km CO2 is on the cards, but doesn’t arrive 2013, so it’s the 148bhp 2.2 diesel we’re testing

It’s a big car, the Outlander a size up from Mitsubishi’s ASX crossover – but thanks to a 100kg lighter than the old And with turbo boost for better low down torque, the hefty Outlander can be hustled at a decent lick without breaking sweat.

In typical fashion though, the lion’s of grunt arrives in an urgent between 1,700 and 2,500rpm. If you to press on, it’s best to the 148bhp unit on the boil, means frequently stirring the manual ‘box on twisty, roads. It’s not the quickest action, but it’s accurate

The six-speed auto makes for progress, despite over-zealous software which down-changes at the merest hint of right – a touch tiresome in the ebb and of A-road traffic. It’s to claw back a degree of using the steering wheel but there’s a notable performance for choosing the self-shifter, being 1.5 adrift of the manual in the sprint to

Mitsubishi engineers have busy improving the Outlander’s and NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) a host of tweaks, including new mounts, thicker glass and deadening. And it shows – a hushed cabin to spend in, with engine and wind well suppressed. Only a bit of around the Outlander’s large mirrors intrudes at motorway

Ride and handling

Given the remit, B-road thrills the order of the day here – the raison d’être being to a family about in comfort. And the new car a decent stab of it.

The ride is comfortable and well-damped

The ride is comfortable and well-damped, with body control – up to a Lumbering into a corner too leaves you in no doubt as to the size of the it’ll heel over But it’s still a relatively composed drive, passive steer helping pull it and securely through tighter corners.

The electric power steering, accurate, is characteristically devoid of and a touch light: a bit more would inspire confidence at

Things unravel a bit on broken and transverse motorway ridges, the ride can feel unsettled and That could prove irksome on UK roads than on the launch route – but have to wait until to drive the new car over here.

isn’t a brand dripping prestige – its stock-in-trade has been unpretentious, utilitarian in the mould of the L200 and Shogun. interiors have tended to go in hand with this but the new Outlander bucks the trend a smart cabin featuring of soft-touch surfaces. Some materials remain, but it’s a cut the old car.

There’s a third row of as before

By definition, crossovers are mongrels: MPV and part off-roader. The latest has the MPV side of the equation nailed it’s vast inside, a van-like 1,022 litres of when the rear seats are Engineers have also the clever packaging trick of it more spacious than the car, while occupying the footprint.

There’s a third row of as before, which fold the floor – but this with more legroom for the passengers. Access to the back row particularly easy unless the row is either folded flat or right forward, but up front, and passenger are spoiled for space shoulder room is great, cubbys and storage a-plenty.

cars were typically to the roof rails with – including lane warning, collision mitigation, satnav and leather. Mitsubishi revealed UK specs yet – but the choices are likely to mirror the line-up, which ranges entry-level GX2 to GX4 spec. The bells-and-whistles GX5 is to come in at £32k-plus, a touch than the current top-spec


Given its new planet-hugging it’s no surprise Mitsubishi is the economy credentials of the new Outlander, and a figure of 50.4mpg (for the version) is competitive for the class, given the size and equipment on offer.

Thanks to the more shape, plus weight-saving and measures like 4WD Eco mode only sends power to the wheels in slippery conditions), CO2 have also dropped to a attractive 146g/km, which the Outlander several bands than the oil-burning Honda and Hyundai Santa Fe for company car

We’re not sure why Mitsubishi going to offer the more 2WD version over here, Off-road ability isn’t in the crossover sector and even economy would help the Outlander a showroom boost.

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