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Mitsubishi Outlander VRX diesel – New Car Review – solid, seven-seat SUV


Late 2018 sees the launch of the 2019-spec Mitsubishi Outlander. A quiet achiever in the SUV segment, the Outlander seems to have a reasonable following – the fact that all models (except the PHEV hybrid) are seven seaters surely helps sales along – especially at the price points each model targets.

In what turned out to be a ‘perfect storm’ scenario, but in a good way, we managed to score a base model LS with the 2.4-litre petrol engine for a drive from Wellington to Auckland and return, then switched that for the top-spec VRX diesel, then switched from that to the plug-in PHEV hybrid. Another article will be coming on how that worked out.

Can slight changes – and cosmetically, very light – help keep the Outlander fresh and in buyers’ minds? Especially with new models receiving so much attention, like the seven-seat only Santa Fe.

There’s three models to pick from in the Outlander petrol/diesel range, with the two larger motors having an AWD option. All Outlander petrol and diesel models are seven seaters.

There’s also keyless entry, 2xUSB ports, rear parking sensors, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, and a 6-speaker audio system with Bluetooth. The 2.4 LS model has the same specs, but this engine puts out 126kW of power and 224Nm of torque, and uses fuel at 7.2l/100km.

Mitsubishi Outlander 2018 Car Review


All this new technology is well and good, but what’s it like to live with — surely there are compromises?

We had a great opportunity to find out when we drove the Mitsubishi Outlander 2WD 2.4-litre LS petrol for a few days, followed by its plug-in hybrid stablemate, the PHEV, in VRX trim.

The 2.4 LS was what we expected, a well thought out family wagon, with the third row of seats getting a power socket and a set of cupholders each side, and useful for kiddy carpooling. It handles well for the breed, the motor gets along nicely, it wasn’t too thirsty – though we averaged more than the overall claim, hitting around 8.5l/100km, and it’s reasonable value, at $33,390.

As for the PHEV, as a VRX it has a higher spec, quite apart from its electric tech. It’s got more safety stuff, leather seats, a surround camera parking system and so forth. It tows a bit less than the petrol, and it seats five, but otherwise it’s also a well thought out family wagon.

There are a few changes to PHEV over its predecessor. It can now be fast charged, it’s had updates to the EV control, the electronic park brake is now the same as the rest of the range, fuel economy in petrol mode has improved – it’s claimed at an astonishing 1.7l/100km.

Mitsubishi Outlander delivers

Mitsubishi Outlander Review by Driven


To call a car dependable sounds a bit like I’m damning it with faint praise. Work boots are dependable. A ballpoint pen that keeps going and going is dependable. Timothy Spall is dependable.

But a car? A dependable car is the rental you drove around the South Island last summer on holiday.

Thing is though, that’s exactly how I’d describe Mitsubishi’s long-serving Outlander. It is dependable.

Like the proverbial faithful family dog? Well, yes. But a pedigree one. Let me explain.

Since its introduction to the Mitsubishi line-up a decade ago, the Outlander has represented consistent value for money.

It’s also notable for its cavernous interior room. Mitsubishi’s tape measure-wielding engineers sorted the packaging from the get-go; plenty of space and a flexible moving rear bench, with a handy third row of seats for all grades, too.

The Outlander range also offers a pleasing degree of engine choice and trim specification, the option of premium stereo systems, all topped with nicely designed exterior styling that gives the model the air of something that should cost more to buy than it does.

It’s dependable in infecting the neighbours with the green-eyed monster virus, in other words. Every grade features detailed 18-inch machined alloy wheels, meaning the car looks like the handsome family load-lugger it is, even in base LS trim.

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