Reviewed for you: Mitsubishi Outlander
When it comes to SUVs almost none are as tried and tested as the Mitsubishi Outlander. It is a model that has been around for over half a decade and offers good value in a big frame. It’s perfect for those looking at an affordable SUV that’s large and practical.
What’s the price and what do you get?
The Mitsubishi Outlander is priced from $29,290 plus on-road costs through to $45,790. There are only key mechanical changes to the vehicle (steering and suspension) for the 2019 facelift, with the update mainly dealing with minor styling tweaks and some interior practicality improvements.
All models ride on 18-inch alloy wheels and get a 7.0-inch infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Higher grade LS and top-spec Exceed variants have a rear spoiler intended to improve aerodynamics and some unique chrome trims. The ES with ADAS model adds important safety functions such as forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, active high-beam and a self-dimming rear vision mirror. That’s standard kit on LS and Exceed variants.
Exceed has further appointments such as keyless entry, push-button start and stop, leather interior, small sunroof, powered tailgate, dual-zone climate control and rear air vents.
What’s the interior like?
The cabin is spacious and open, with a mix of soft-touch materials and plastic throughout. The infotainment screen is a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple and Android connectivity which elevates the user experience. But the screen is small in this day and age of 8.0-inch-plus screens and it’s graphically uninspiring.
There is no digital dash or anything that fancy, but everything looks pleasant with functionality front of mind. The leather seats in the Exceed do bring a nicer feel to materials, thought LS model has a nice mix of fabric and leather.
What’s the passenger space like?
There are front seats with either electric or manual controls and with good adjustment so getting into a good driving position isn’t difficult, but the seats are flat and lack side support.
There’s enough room in the back for three adults in a pinch, which is better than many in the segment, although two across the back would be more comfortable. With the driver’s seat set up to suit myself, I found I had good legroom and there was enough headroom too. But the door openings aren’t huge, so you need to be mindful to duck your head if you’re taller. The directional rear air vents are a worthy improvement for this update and help keep those travelling in the back warm or cool.
What about the boot?
The boot is well-sized at 477 litres larges, and it has a wide opening that’s good for putting prams and large items in. There are also some pockets on the sides for storing loose items.
What’s under the bonnet?
Entry models get a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol producing 110Kw and 190Nm that can feel a little underwhelmed on hills and overtaking, while upper models have a larger 2.4-litre engine producing 124kW and 220Nm through a CVT automatic transmission. It’s a gruntier engine that delivers more torque and power.
A 2.2-litre turbo diesel is also available, making 110kW and 360Nm. It’s the best engine choice for economy and towing.
What’s it like on the road?
The Outlander is at its best when you’re just wafting along. It’s quiet, comfortable and relaxed. That said, the suspension and body stiffening tweaks have added some dynamism to the ride and handling with a lot less bodyroll and a general feeling of more responsiveness to steering inputs than before.
Around town speeds, there’s an air of stiff-leggedness to sharp-edged hits that can be felt inside the cabin, but that’s partly because the dampers seem to be tuned for higher speed response rather than, say, at speeds up to 60km/h. And, once you’re travelling beyond that the ride and body control to bumps is better than at low speeds.
What about safety?
The Outlander has seven airbags and a five-star ANCAP rating. The ES with ADAS models, and up, get safety aids including autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and more, like automatic high beam, traction and stability controls.
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