Mitsubishi Outlander Review: 2014 Model | Outlander | Car Buyers Guide

Mitsubishi Outlander

Have you ever seen that episode of "The Simpsons" when Marge takes charge of her first SUV, a Canyonero? If you haven't, what happens is that Marge takes over a car that Homer bought because he won't drive it anymore when he realises he's bought the "F" (female) trim. So Marge takes the car and slowly but surely her driving attitudes change and she starts to think that she owns the road. Well, a certain degree of that happened to me when I got my hands on the Mitsubishi Outlander. No I didn't get road rage, but I found I became a little less forgiving on the road.

Style
The Mitsubishi Outlander is currently in its third generation and in a good way style changes from generation to generation are not massive. The vehicle is slightly slimmer and more streamlined in comparison with the last model, but the look is not far off. As I always say, if it's not broke then don't fix it. This is a good looking vehicle and although Mitsubishi would call this a mid-sized SUV, it is to me a bit of a beast.

The front is imposing but I found to the side the curves to be smooth. The alloy wheels offer an extra bit of class to the vehicle and between the enormous 4.655metre length, 1.8metre width and 1.68 metre height, this car controls the road.

Inside
The interior of the Outlander is more than spacious and to the front it's like sitting in an armchair. This of course is something that you would expect from a car of this size and stature.

The infotainment system is nicely laid out and I found navigating it to be very easy. The system in the model I drove is called the Mitsubishi Multi Communication System and as part of it there is a 6.1" centre audio display. Another plus about the infotainment system is that connecting to Bluetooth posed zero problems - I sit in a lot of new cars and get used to a lot of systems and would you believe, they're not all as easy as they should be!? The only negative in the front cabin, and indeed it runs through the whole car is that the interior looks slightly dated, everything is dark and despite the comfortable seats and the wonderful space it has quiet a boring appearance inside.

The second row of seating is again very comfortable and spacious. Space is not an issue here at all. This vehicle is a 7-seater (also available with 5 seats or as a commercial vehicle) with two extra stow-away seats to the rear. These can be very useful for bringing your kids friends out but in terms of getting adults in their it would be at a push - I don't feel this was the aim of the seats however, as far as I can tell they were made for the kids! The back row seats can lay flat for extra space if needed, and  the second row seats lie flat or have a 60/40 split if needed.

When the extra two seats in the rear are up this vehicle offers a mere 128litres of space, which of course is pretty small. Put these two seats down and you are looking at 502litres of space, and folded the next row down flat and we're talking about a very healthy 913litres of space.

To drive
As I mentioned before, I was hit by the Canyonero effect with this vehicle. It really did feel like I was king of the road to a certain degree. I've always talked about seat-height when driving, I like being up high and the Outlander offers this. Another thing which is very nice is that when I put the foot down on the accelerator it actually goes faster than you would expect and this tank offers 0-100kmph in 10.2 seconds, which for the size of it is not bad. This acceleration comes from a 2.2l DI-D 150 bhp (PS) engine and it offers a maximum torque of 380Nm between 1,750 and 2,500rpm. 

I would expect a monster like this to be wide and to steer a bit like a boat, but to be honest with you I felt that the steering was more than adequate. There is a bit of roll when cornering, but to me this wasn't a major issue. To the front Mitsubishi use Macpherson strut suspension in the Outlander and there is a multi link system to the rear. Gear changes were no problem at all. My only wish about this car would be to get it back and try it on some really harsh terrain, I didn't get the opportunity but I've been told by some reliable sources that this will do the job in terms of 4x4 on rough surfaces.

Price, CO2, etc.
A pleasantly surprising thing about this "mid-sized" (as in - very big) vehicle is that it is actually quiet fuel efficient and burns only 140g/CO2 per km on paper. Mitsubishi also tells us that this machine can offer up to 52.3mpg on a combined driving cycle. The low CO2 emissions of this vehicle means that you will be paying €280 (tax band B2) per year for this SUV in motor tax (at today's rates).

For something of this size you will be paying a handsome amount. Starting prices for the Mitsubishi Outlander are €33,950 to €39,950. If you're looking for a commercial vehicle you will be paying from €24,387 ex-VAT. It's also worth noting that if you do purchase this particular vehicle Mitsubishi also offer a 8-year 150,000km warranty.

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€ 42,900 when New

Key Facts

New Price
€ 42,900
Make

Mitsubishi

Model
Outlander
Variant
Instyle 7 seat 2.2L DI-D 4WD
First Launched
2012
Transmission
Automatic
Engine & Transmission
6 Speed
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
SUV

Running Costs

Tax
390
Tax Band
C
Average L/100km
5.80
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
60
Fuel Tank Range (km)
1034
CO2 emmissions (g/km)
154
Emission Standard EU
EU6

Performance

Engine (L)
2200
Break Horsepower
150
Top Speed
190
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
11.6
Cylinders
4
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
60
Aspiration
Turbo

Space & Practicality

Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity (L)
128
Tyre Size Back
225/55 R18

Safety

Isofix
Yes
Euro NCAP Star Rating
5

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