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

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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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petrolheadinrussia 26 December 2010

Re: Mitsubishi Outlander 2.3 DI-D 2WD

Outlander was one of the names proffered when Land Rover was looking for a new name - Discovery was the one selected but Outlander came 2nd if I remember rightly. In any case is Qashquai Tiida and Teana from Nissan real words/names? Koleos being the funniest because in Greek it is very very close to Kolos - which means Arse - and it truly is an ugly arse

petrolheadinrussia 26 December 2010

Re: Mitsubishi Outlander 2.3 DI-D 2WD

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

Mr£4worth 23 December 2010

Re: Mitsubishi Outlander 2.3 DI-D 2WD

Autocar wrote:

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?


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