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.
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.