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Mitsubishi gets more out of the Outlander

08.08.2014

GETTING into the ring with some aggressive competitors, the Mitsubishi Outlander knows how to stand up for itself. I say this, because the Outlander has some age under its belt. While Mitsubishi makes mention of an ‘all-new’ Outlander, it does share a lot of character with the previous generation, including the 2.4-litre powertrain.

This four-cylinder 123kW/222Nm engine pulls its weight off-road, but the revs don’t climb as freely as one would like and the CVT box is clumsy. The old technology in the engine department can be felt, but this does benefit the customers because what they do get is trusted reliability and that scores massively on its own.

Inside, the Outlander is a family entertainer. Equipped with seven seats, a roomy cabin, Bluetooth, aircon, a touch-screen display and an electrically operated tailgate, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything lacking; even the materials used hint at superior quality.

Top speed is a claimed 195km/h and it will use, roughly, 8.2 litres/100km of fuel in the combined cycle. There is certainly a level of off-road charm, courtesy of the 4WD system and 4WD lock-up modes, meaning you can get out and explore without fear of getting stuck. Just don’t go too crazy in the mud.

The Outlander has its merits and the Mitsubishi name certainly helps carry this SUV. The old engine might make a few customers unhappy, but the rich tech features and spacious interior tick all the right boxes.

Article written by Stuart Moir
08.08.2014
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