Choosing an engine variant from the Mitsubishi Outlander range is a relatively straightforward task, because the only choice is a 2.2-litre turbocharged, intercooled diesel.
Or rather, two 2.2-litre diesels: the lump fitted to six-speed manual transmission versions of the Outlander is an enlarged version of the 1.8-litre unit found in the Mitsubishi ASX hatchback.
Introduced to the model range for 2011, the Di-D engine features MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control), and makes some fuel consumption and power delivery improvements over the previous engine. Power increases from 154bhp to 174bhp, and CO2 drops by 12 per cent on all manual transmission variants across the range to between 162-169g/km.
The newer 2.2 offers 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 than in other better set-up cars.
For now though, a six-speed manual is the only option. And it’s good, with a smooth, positive shift and progressive clutch feel.
Outlanders fitted with the SST twin-clutch automatic transmission are equipped with the older Peugeot-derived powerplant that produces 154bhp and 189g/km of CO2.
Typically for the class, the Mitsubishi Outlander has no low-ratio gears, but the car can be locked in 50:50 four-wheel drive via a selector on the dashboard. Other modes are 4wd – in which power is apportioned to the rear when the front wheels lose grip – and 2wd, an exclusively front-wheel-drive mode.