Mitsubishi Outlander Road Test

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Mitsubishi Outlander Review

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The Mitsubishi Outlander was tested by Euro NCAP in 2012 and was awarded overall five-stars, the maximum rating. It scored 94% for adult occupant, 83% child occupant, 64% pedestrian and 100% for safety assist, which is an excellent result. This compares to the comparable Toyota Rav4 which was tested in 2013 and which again scored a five-star rating – 89% Adult Occupant, 82% Child Occupant, 66% Pedestrian and 66% Safety Assist.

Standard safety equipment includes anti-lock braking (ABS) with EBD, Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with Traction Control, Brake Assist an Emergency Stop Signal System, Hill Start Assist , ISOFIX child seat anchorage on the middle row of seats and seven airbags that include a driver’s knee bag.

Being a ‘4’ spec model we also benefitted from Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert and a 360-degree camera system.


The Mitsubishi Outlander ’4’ has a satellite navigation system as standard, although looks a little like an aftermarket unit rather than a plush plumbed in unit. The navigation side of the system is fairly good but we found entering post code locations a little tricky as it would also ask for road names, which seems to defeat the purpose. We should point out that the system uses SD card technology for the maps, so it quite quick and easy to keep up to date.

It also includes Bluetooth hands-free telephone connectivity, an FM/DAB radio tuner with single slot CD player and an iPod/mp3 via a USB connection port.

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What we liked
  • Euro NCAP rating
  • Safety Equipment
  • Interior Space
  • Equipment Level
  • Capability
What we disliked
  • Fuel consumption could be better
  • Better driving dynamics
  • Would like a five-seater model = more boot space

We enjoyed our week with the Mitsubishi Outlander, we spent the time touring west Wales in the winter – and this is where the Outlander performed well, out in the country – where the reassurance of four-wheel-drive and ride height made for comfortable safe driving. The Outlander does not exceed at anything but it is good across the board – offering a no fuss approach to an SUV. It is well equipped and the 2017 model offers some significant improvements over past models, it well put together and there are better materials with cohesion throughout the cabin, although why the heated steering button is low down away from the wheel when there was space on the steering wheel is a bit puzzling.

The diesel Outlander probably makes more sense for the private buyer who does a fair few miles (company users will; need to check tax liabilities), over the corresponding PHEV (petrol hybrid / electric vehicle) model as when that runs out of electric power you are running on a petrol engine at around 30 mpg if you are lucky. I am sure there are arguments both ways – so test both – and research which one meets your everyday needs.

5 March 2017 Melanie Carter
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Mitsubishi Outlander Road Test Data
Model ReviewedMitsubishi Outlander 4
Body Type5-door SUV
ColourCool Silver
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph11.6 Seconds
Top Speed 118 mph
Transmission6-Speed Automatic
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)154 g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban40.9 mpg
Extra Urban54.3 mpg
Combined48.7 mpg
Insurance Group27E
Euro NCAP Rating5-Star
Warranty5 Years / 62,500 Miles
Price (when tested on the 05/03/17)£34,055

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