The Outlander is a very comfortable, very capable and spacious car.
It is one of those cars which don’t sell in big numbers, but should because it is such a good solution to the motoring needs of particularly families and entrepreneurs. It is also a pleasure to drive.
“The Mitsubishi Outlander is a luxury lifestyle vehicle in every sense of the word,” says Nic Campbell, General Manager for Mitsubishi Motors. “It’s spacious, comfortable and stylish with all the features customers expect in a vehicle of this calibre. The new design language gives it a fresh, bold appearance that truly illustrates the Outlander’s capabilities.”
The Outlander is fitted with a fully adjustable multi-function steering wheel with gearshift paddles and access to voice controls and hands-free Bluetooth phone functionality. The touch-screen audio display is user-friendly, and a separate display screen ensures all vehicle information is available to the driver at a glance. The Rockford Fosgate sound system is above par.
Distributed across three rows, the Outlander’s seven seats offer real comfort and many loading options. The second and third row seats can be folded completely flat, opening up an impressive amount of loading space.
The seats in the second row can slide 250mm forward which makes for easy access to the third row from either side of the vehicle.
Very good ground clearance at 190mm makes it easy to get in and out of as the seat is hip high, and also very capable off tar.
I got 9.8ℓ/100km during the week that I drove it although Mitsubishi claims 8.2 ℓ/100km. The good news is the 2.4-litre 16-valve DOHC MIVEC petrol engine producing 123kW and 222 Nm really wafts you to your destination without ever breaking into a sweat. It is a superb touring car.
Power is delivered to all four wheels through Mitsubishi’s INVECS-III Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) with a 6-step Sports Mode shift control. The CVT gearbox adapts to varying road conditions and power demands.
The Multi Select Four Wheel Drive system makes driving the Outlander in varying terrain easy. The system has three separate modes: Eco, Auto and Lock. In Lock mode under normal road conditions, priority is placed on performance. More torque is directed to the rear wheels than in 4WD Auto Mode to provide greater power off the line, better control when accelerating on gravel or loose surfaces, and enhanced stability at high speeds. This system works very well.
Outlander has a full Euro NCAP crash test five-star safety rating as it is equipped with all the crucial safety features, including Active Stability and Traction Control (ASTC), ABS brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (BAS), as well as Hill Start Assist (HSA) for tricky inclines.
Touring, space, driving long distances are this car’s forte. It is a family car in the tradition of the Ford Fairlane, Valiant Regal Safari, Borgward station wagon and Chevy Kommando of old. Space and place for everyone, power and good looks.
I found the Outlander a really nice car to live with. Highly recommended.
The new Mitsubishi Outlander costs R549 900 with a 3-year or 100 000 km warranty and a service plan for five years or 90 000 km.
Competition includes Subaru Forester, Subaru Outback, Volvo V60 Cross Country and possibly the Mazda CX-5.