Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good The third generation Mitsubishi Outlander arrived down under in November 2012. The new generation Outlander features an all new look and a diesel six-speed automatic model introduced to range for the first time.

The new exterior styling is a shift away from the rest of its shark nosed siblings (ASX and Lancer), and gone for a more sedated look instead.

From the front, the Outlander features a straight and flat, slimline grille that is 'blinged' out with some chrome highlight treatment. The bonnet features a sharp slope that integrates into the grille and headlights.
Not so good Some might say the new Outlander is 'understated', we think it's a bit bland when sitting next to its ASX sibling.
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good Inside, the Outlander features a modern dash layout that is highlighted with a gloss black trim. The centre stack is home to a 6.1-inch full colour touch screen display or 7-inch full colour touch screen display, depending on grade.

Up front, the comfortable & supportive seats are great over long or short trips, there's also a whole host of useful storage compartments.

The second and third-row seats are actually quite comfortable and can be easily configured to provide a number of seating patterns including five, six or seven seats or even a long luggage space with flat floor.

The large rear cargo area offers plenty of space which can be increased when the 60/40 split rear seats are folded down.

The range comes with the choice of three variants, ES, LS and Aspire.

Inside, the Outlander ES has soft-touch instrumentation panel, a tilt and telescopic multifunction leather steering wheel, leather gear-shift knob, reverse sensors assist and a single CD audio system that comes with six speakers.

The Outlander LS offers even more flexibility with the availability of five and seven seat variants. The Outlander LS looks more refined inside with silver accents on the centre instrument panel and high contrast meter with colour LCD display. There is also dual-zone air-conditioning and a 6.1-inch full colour display audio system with touch panel. And, lets not forget, a rear-view camera with parking reference lines.

Outlander Aspire models add rain-sensing wipers, dusk-sensing headlamps and Smart Key with One-Touch Start. Luxurious leather seats with seat heating function. The driver seat is powered to ensure easy slide, recline and height adjustments, for the perfect driving position.
Not so good The wood print accents on the front door trims and instrument panel of Aspire variants are dated, and cheapen the overall look of the cabin. The drab interior colour scheme could use a shot of colour to liven things up a bit.
Performance

Performance

Good The Mitsubishi Outlander comes with the choice of three engines, two petrol and one diesel, powering both front and all four-wheels depending on variant.

Kicking things off is a 2.0-litre in-line four-cylinder petrol engine that manages 110kW of power and 190Nm of torque when matched to a 5-speed manual or Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT added cost). The 2.0-litre petrol is available on 2WD ES and LS five-seater variants.

Next up, is a 2.4-litre in-line four-cylinder petrol engine that manages 124kW of power and 220Nm of torque when matched to a Continuously Variable Transmission. The 2.4-litre is available on the 4WD ES five-seater and 4WD ES & Aspire seven-seater variants.

Rounding out the engine line-up is a 2.2-litre in-line four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine. The oil burner pumps out manages 110kW of power and 190Nm of torque when matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. The diesel is available on 4WD LS & Aspire seven-seater variants.

The Outlander is quite versatile, with petrol models capable of towing 1,600kg and diesel models able to tow up to 2,000kgs, making the Outlander the perfect vehicle for hauling the family around town or on holidays.
Not so good Fuel economy is quite impressive across the board, but the diesel engine is excessively noisy.
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good The Outlander is a good handler for an SUV on the road. 4WD models feature three driving modes that the driver can choose from depending on driving conditions.

4WD Eco mode is used under normal day-to-day driving conditions, while in Eco mode the engine only sends power to the front wheels which also improves fuel economy.

While in 4WD Auto mode the Outlander senses when all-four-wheels need to be engaged, this is especially useful when driving on wet or slippery roads. Overall power response and steering feel is sharpened.

And, 4WD Lock mode, allows the Outlander to engage all-four-wheels at all times, this mode is especially useful when driving on loose stones and rugged roads.

The 4WD mode select further improves the vehicle's already capable off-road credentials (relative to other 'soft roaders'). The ESP system works well on and off the tarmac.
Not so good Not as capable off-road as say a Jeep Wrangler or other dedicated 4x4’s, but it feels far more refined on the tarmac.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good The Outlander performs well in independent crash testing and meets the regulations of ANCAP’s five-star rating. Featuring a whole host of safety features that include seven SRS airbags (drive and passenger, side and curtain, knee) as standard across the range.

Active Stability Control is standard across the Outlander range, reverse sensors, Hill-Start Assist and ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution.

There is also comfort in knowing that your Outlander is covered with a Mitsubishi 5 year/130,000km* New Car Warranty, Capped Price Servicing and a 1 year Diamond Advantage Roadside Assist program.
Not so good The Outlander offers up great value for money, but does it have what it takes to knock the Mazda CX-5, Hyundai ix35 and the Nissan X-Trail off their perch? Time will tell.