Known as ‘Hide and Seat’, when not accommodating passengers, the rearmost row of two seats (with headrests), folds flat into the floor.
Known as ‘Hide and Seat’, when not accommodating passengers, the rearmost row of two seats (with headrests), folds flat into the floor. Bringing them into play entails pulling on three straps in sequence. The seats are large enough for adults although legroom is a little limited.
The second row has more comfortable seating and a simpler way to take advantage of the 60:40 split and fold function - a button. Pressing the button in the boot wall, which is standard throughout the range, activates the electrically flipping seats to reveal handy lights underneath. When upright, these seats can also move fore and aft by up to 80mm for extra luggage space or legroom. The boot capacity ranges from 220-litres, with all the seats in use, to a maximum of 1,691-litres with the second and third row folded.
In the front, the seats are heavily contoured and therefore, supportive. There’s height-adjustment for the driver but not the front passenger. In the top of the range, Elegance, the seats are leather-clad, heated and powered. Once again, my passenger made the point that he would rather have height-adjustment for his seat, than heating.
The fascia is simply laid out and is said to be modelled on a motorcycle cockpit. I can’t see it myself but this is what is said; the deeply cowled instrument dials have a metal-effect finish ‘that mimics the dials of a motorbike’, while the satin- finished, twin spars arching from the dashboard to the central tunnel are ‘reminiscent of a motorbike’s fuel tank and further reflects the structure of a motorcycle frame’. There you have it. From a driver’s point of view, it is all very easy to use and the rake- and reach-adjustable, multi-functional steering wheel means that it is also easy to find a comfortable driving position.
Positioned on the transmission tunnel, between the front seats, is the rally-derived AWC, or All Wheel Control. By turning the rotary switch, the driver can select from three settings; 2WD where only the front wheels are driven for normal road use, 4WD Auto, which activates when the going gets tough and finally, 4WD Lock (50:50 torque split) for when the tough get going. That said, while the Outlander is perfectly capable off-road, it isn’t suitable for severe off-road terrain and conditions.
Mitsubishi Outlander Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Mitsubishi Outlander 2.0DI-D Elegance|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||10.8 Seconds|
|Top Speed||116 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||47.9 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||4|
|Warranty||3-Year/Unlimited Mileage Warranty|
|Price (when tested on the 15/07/07)||£24,766|