Decent economy and price don’t outweigh awkward gearing and underwhelming dynamics

Our Verdict

Mitsubishi Outlander 2007-2012
This Mitsubishi has tapped into the search for a guilt-free SUV

The Mitsubishi Outlander is geared more for on- than off-road use, but does it come up with the goods?

15 December 2010

What is it?

Of all the facelifted 2011 Mitsubishi Outlanders this is the most interesting and, as it turns out, also the best. This is the first time Mitsubishi has offered front-wheel drive instead of four-wheel drive, which brings the price down to a very competitive sub-£23k when in this trim, and it comes well equipped despite its entry-level status.

What’s it like?

Being the best of the new Outlanders is still a long way from best in class. The new Mitsubishi-developed 2.3-litre motor (not yet available in the Citroen and Peugeot variants) offer plenty of power but a combination of awkward gearing and uneven power delivery too often leaves you outside the narrow torque band. This means you end up changing gear more often (also not pleasant given the notchy shift) than in other better set-up cars.

See pics of the Outlander in action

Ride and handling is also below current class standards in Mitsubishi's big SUV. In isolation it's perfectly acceptable - there's enough grip that this front-wheel drive car should keep most people moving away from four-wheel drive happy, and there is appeal in its unpretentious nature, good economy, and roomy seven-seat interior.

But there's noticeably more torque steer and pronounced body roll than in any of the obvious rivals, and though ride quality is acceptable in most situations it rarely settles at higher speeds, even on motorway surfaces.

Should I buy one?

The Outlander is unfortunately one of those cars that, at one point, was recommendable but the class has moved on and the revisions here are not enough to bring it up to speed. Its on-paper merits fail to outweigh the real-world flaws, and with such accomplished competition as the Hyundai Santa Fe and Nissan Qashqai+2 available, the Outlander is unjustifiable next to the similarly priced rivals.

Mitsubishi Outlander 2.3 DI-D 2WD

Price: £22,799; Top speed: 124mph; 0-62mph: 9.7sec; Economy: 46.3mpg; Co2: 162g/km; Kerbweight: 1640kg; Engine type: 4cyl, 2268cc, turbodiesel; Power: 174bhp at 3500rpm; Torque: 280lb ft at 2000rpm; Gearbox: 6spd manual

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21 December 2010

Hmmmm.. long way from top of the class, notchy shifts, slow, old fashioned and not even 4x4 to recommend it... not a challenging buying decision to make then?!

21 December 2010

"The Outlander is unfortunately one of those cars that, at one point, was recommendable but the class has moved on and the revisions here are not enough to bring it up to speed."

Any chance of being a bit more explicit here? Quashquai was already around when you tested the 4WD version, so is it just the SantaFe that's made this car an also-ran?

21 December 2010

[quote Autocar]

Of all the facelifted 2011 Mitsubishi Outlanders this is the most interesting and, as it turns out, also the best.

[/quote]

If that's the best then I'd hate to see the review on the 4WD!

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

21 December 2010

I've got the Citroen C-Crosser version with 4WD and I'm very happy with it (it looks MUCH better too). The 4WD has been terrific with the recent weather and the rest of the time it's in 2WD mode. I really can't understand why you would want to lose the extremely useful 4WD capability in a car like this.

21 December 2010

I don't see why they bother with these 2WD version of these so called soft roaders, if the whole point was that they offered 4WD in a more compact body why get rid of the USP !

I would just rather get a Volvo V70 estate then this 2WD but looks a lot better, and dont say the high driving view helps most will be driven by mums to school and will not be able park them.

21 December 2010

is 'outlander' a real word ?

www.KOOOLcr.com

 

21 December 2010

Mitsubishi have been on a different planet for years, overpriced, and slogging on with the ancient 2.0 VW PD engine, while the virtually identical Citroen had a great 2.2 unit. You could have a 2.2 Mitsubishi but had to pay a kings ransom for a top spec. one.

You can get a good nick Citroen Cross-Dresser for £10-14K with decent kit and engine.

To little, too late Mitsubishi management to not be committed by any clinical psychologist!

Absolutely agree about the 2WD version, don't bother get a well loaded S-Max for less

21 December 2010

[quote kcrally]is 'outlander' a real word[/quote]

No. But Daihatsu Naked and Mazda Bongo Brawny are.

23 December 2010

[quote Autocar]

What is it?


Of all the facelifted 2011 Mitsubishi Outlanders this is the most interesting and, as it turns out, also the best. This is the first time Mitsubishi has offered front-wheel drive instead of four-wheel drive, which brings the price down to a very competitive sub-£23k when in this trim, and it comes well equipped despite its entry-level status.


What’s it like?


Being the best of the new Outlanders is still a long way from best in class. The new Mitsubishi-...Read the full article

[/quote] Was the front re- styled by a man wearing a blindfold?

26 December 2010

I am sad. This car has been my favourite 4wd car for hard work good looks bomb proof reliability and a damn decent drive without breaking the bank. That was in petrol form. Now they bring along the diesel and it flops!! Yet wasnt it the deisel which made the deal for Citroen and Puegeot to take the body and put their own face on it? Is this deisel not the one form PSA and one which everyone said was one of the best? What the hell happened? An why go the daft SQUASHQAI way with 2wd - it defeats itself and as the military would say "the object of the exercise" . Null points

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