By Jay Khan, September 29, 2014
Model spec: Mitsubishi Outlander GX5 Price: £33,999.00 Engine: 2.2 4-cyl, diesel
BHP / Torque: 147 / 380 Max Speed: 153 CO2: 153g/km 0-62mph: 10.2 seconds
Economy/Range: 35mpg combined Tax: £180/year
“The ride and handling doesn’t matter so much, nor does the steering feel, all are competently well judged and while these two factors lie at the top of every motoring journalists wishlist, in the real world the consumer has different factors too consider, and who the hell listens too motoring journalists anyway. Ahem”.Prices start at around £25k for the entry level Outlander GX2 and range up to £40k for top spec GX4 hybrid versions. The GX5 trim on test came fully loaded with kit, DAB radio, kicking stereo system, lane departure warning, cruise control and Sat/Nav, the list goes on. The ride and handling isn’t going to win over the motoring press community who want every test vehicle to handle “like its on rails”. Our advice is always ignore the over-hyped motoring press banner headlines, in truth the ride and handling is well judged, nothing spectacular, but it does the job safely and competently, making you feel in charge of your ship. The 2.2-litre, 4-cylinder diesel is a strong performer, a little clattery at idle, not overly so, and a little harsh under acceleration but this smooths away to a slight burble when up to cruising speed. The 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine emits 147bhp and 380Nm of torque, when combined with the automatic gearbox this provides more than enough power, gear are shifts are smooth and progressive. The Outlander has undergone a weight saving program, as much as 130kg has been shed, some of it from using lighter materials on the engine which now also more efficient. The use of stop & go technology and an on board eco-mode function, which regulates the use of ancillary devices, means economy is boosted just that little bit further. All of this attention to detail allowed the Outlander to average an impressive 52mpg on a combined run. The Outlander comes with 4WD and low speed diff settings as standard on the diesel range, the antiquated analogue 4WD-levers of the previous generation are out and in its place is a rotating dial that digitally select’s the desired 4WD mode of which four settings are available. All in all the new Outlander packs in a discreet looking but radical overhaul of the previous generation Outlander, everything from the ground up feels refreshed. But its fair to say competition from the Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V has also moved forward, but not too far ahead for the Outlander to be overlooked or overshadowed. This is a solid family friendly, off road officer and on road gentleman SUV, its definitely game on.