The Grandis uses a rack and pinion steering set-up.
The Grandis uses a rack and pinion steering set-up. Power assistance is variable and is dependent on engine speed. At lower urban speeds; the assistance level is high for quick and easy manoeuvres. At motorway speeds the level of assistance is reduced to enhance straight-line stability. Particular attention has also been paid to the position of the steering wheel in the cabin. Its car-like angle provides the driver with a proper saloon-style driving position, rather than the bus-like steering wheel position in many MPV's.
We drove the Mitsubishi Grandis non-stop, all day for 400 miles and felt very relaxed and comfortable throughout. The automatic gearbox did contribute to the relaxing drive and the optional satellite navigation was a boon, for navigating with pin-point accuracy.
All Mitsubishi Grandis' are equipped with ventilated front discs and rear drum-in-disc brakes and ABS (anti-lock brakes) with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution) ensuring that the Grandis brakes reassuringly well.
Ease of Use
The Grandis features an innovative ‘Hide & Seat’ seating configuration offering a sector first - a third row of seats with two individual chairs that both fold flat into the floor within seconds. This effectively does away with the arduous task of having to remove or install bulky and heavy chairs when juggling passenger numbers and boot space. This inventive packaging system stems from Mitsubishi’s research which showed that most drivers rarely use the full seating capacity of their people-carriers. Instead, they constantly alter passenger and luggage space according to their changing daily needs.
The two third-row seats feature adjustable backrests for additional comfort, and are also reversible allowing both seats to be simply flipped back for open air relaxing under the tailgate, when stationery. They can also be folded out flat to create a temporary bed and have a foot-operated mechanism that allows third-row passengers to slide the second row forward for easy access to their seats.
Folding the second and third row of seats boosts luggage space from 320 litres to 1545 litres, and extends the boot to 1600mm in length - with plenty of room to swallow bulkier items on your trip to Ikea. In other words you can adapt the Grandis into a light weight domestic van.
If you have the need to carry an additional six people with you on your trips then the Mitsubishi Grandis can accommodate you and your passengers with ease, although it would not carry a full complement of luggage, which is the case most with most MPV's. Seven people and seven sets of full luggage are not going to fit inside, you would have to look at a roof box to hold the cargo. If you plan to take fewer than five people on holiday, then the Grandis will cope with ease.
On a practical level the Grandis 2.4 Elegance offers: retractable reading tables for the second row passengers, large front door pockets with bottle holders, twin glove boxes, a closed storage compartment on top of the dashboard, a handy storage compartment in the left rear quarter panel, a split storage compartment under the third row of seats, ashtray and cigarette lighter, cargo room net and hook, credit card slot, cup holders, front, 2nd and 3rd row, luggage/cargo area lamp and retractable assist grips x 6.
The Elegance model features cruise control, which is great for use on the motorway; simply decide your cruising speed and the Grandis will keep the car at that speed with your foot off the accelerator. Another welcome feature on longer journeys was a drivers footrest.
For such a large MPV the Grandis was relatively easy to manoeuvre with few blind spots - however, for extra reassurance we would like to see parking sensors as standard.
One annoying thing is that the Grandis only has one reversing light - which makes it incredibly awkward to reverse down country lanes at night.
Mitsubishi Grandis Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Mitsubishi Grandis 2.4 Elegance|
|Colour||Sterling Silver Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||11.7 Seconds|
|Top Speed||118 mph|
|Transmission||INVECS II 4-Speed Automatic with Sports Mode|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||34.9 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-years unlimited mileage warranty|
12-Years anti-corrosion perforation warranty
3-Years pan-European roadside Home and accident assistance
|Price (when tested on the 27/03/05)||£ 22,999|