Mitsubishi Outlander: Test Drive Review
20 July 2012
Author: David Motton
|Category:|| Large 4x4|
|P11D price:|| £26,100 (est) |
|Key rival:|| Kia Sorento |
Some 11 years on from the launch of the first Outlander, Mitsubishi is launching the third generation, which promises to be a more fleet-friendly car than the outgoing model.
Improved economy and lower carbon dioxide emissions see to that. Although the figures are still subject to final confirmation, the manual diesel should achieve 50.4mpg on
the combined cycle and emit just 146g/km. That's a 21g/km drop compared with today's car, and puts the new Outlander in the 23% tax bracket. It compares favourably with the Kia Sorento manual (177g/km) and the Chevrolet Captiva (174g/km).
Provisional figures for the automatic are 46.3mpg and 159g/km. Tweaks
to the engine and more slippery aerodynamics are responsible, along with the use of lighter materials: the new car is around 100kg more trim than old. The 4x4 system's 'eco' mode - which makes the Outlander two-wheel drive until the front tyres start to slip - also helps. A plug-in hybrid version, due to arrive in the third quarter of next year, will further enhance the Outlander's green credentials.
The improvements inside are at least as impressive. All UK Outlanders will come with seven seats, and the cabin is much more practical than before. The third row feels more substantial than the thin and uncomfortable seats of the previous generation (despite being 10kg lighter) and is much easier to raise and lower. There's more rear legroom, although adults will be much more comfortable in the middle row.
As before, the middle seats move forward on runners to give those in the back extra space, but instead of an 8cm range of movement there's now 25cm. Fold the seats down and there's a long, flat load floor.
The new car is quieter than the old one and better finished, and a range of high-tech safety aids such as a lane-departure warning system will be standard on top-spec models. Prices are expected to rise by around 2%, though.
|Mitsubishi Outlander III 2.2 D-ID 4WD GX-3|
|Model price range||£26,300-£31,650*|
|Fuel consumption||50.4mpg* |
|CO2 (tax)||146g/km (23%)*|
|BIK 20/40% per month||£100/£200*|
|Service interval||9000 miles|
|Boot space min/max||591/1022 litres|
|On sale||29 November 2012|
|Verdict:||Impressive emissions and |
but prices will rise.