The Outlander's overall ride is firm and it absorbs pot holes well. It doesn't tend to suffer from understeer and the all-wheel braking effect of conventional four wheel drive vehicles because the power is optimally distributed to all wheels keeping the ride smooth and controlled. The Outlander also benefits from a low centre of gravity which helps it drive like a conventional car rather than a bulky four wheel drive. There is a degree of road noise but this is not overly intrusive and it has been kept to a minimum by sound and vibration absorbing foaming agents and the asphalt and sound deadening sheeting which covers the floor to further insulate the cabin from noise.
Speed sensitive power steering is standard throughout the range offering more assistance at lower speeds for ease of manoeuvring and parking. Assistance is reduced at higher speeds for enhanced stability. The steering was a little too light for our taste and didn't offer the degree of feedback we'd have liked for more enthusiastic driving.Ease of Use
The Mitsubishi Outlander is a very easy car to drive as visibility is good all round with few blind spots making light work of parking. The large wing mirrors offer good side vision and the Outlander's elevated driving position offers a commanding view of the road ahead.
The cabin is spacious and both head and leg room is excellent. The doors are large and open to reveal wide access points making it a very easy vehicle to get in and out of for front and rear seat occupants - this is particularly helpful for people with mobility problems.
The Outlander is only available with an automatic transmission which is very easy to use even if you are not used to driving an automatic. However, at night the dashboard mounted gear selector is not lit so you cannot see whether you have selected drive, neutral or reverse - an indicator is displayed next to the rev counter and you do get used to looking at that. As the Outlander is only available as an automatic, cruise control as standard throughout the range would be helpful rather than as a dealer fit option . A drivers footrest is standard and is a very welcome feature on longer journeys.
The cabin is both functional and ergonomically laid out and the controls are tactile and intuitive to operate. The dipped beam mechanism is particularly fluid to use. The climate controlled air-conditioning is efficient and very easy to operate via large circular dials.
The immobiliser is a tad annoying as in our opinion it re-arms itself too quickly should you fail to drive off immediately and you then find yourself fiddling with the key fob to deactivate it before you can drive off.
Another point to bear in mind is the high sill especially with children getting in and out of the rear of the vehicle if it is muddy you tend to ease you legs over it and consequently get muddy legs.
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