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New Mitsubishi Outlander Due This Month

By raccars Published

Among this month's new releases and facelifts is a quiet and serious car entering its third generation. In keeping with the Outlander's grown up image and the simplicity of its range – there's one engine on offer, a 2.2 litre 148bhp diesel mated to a four-wheel drive chassis, with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic gearboxes. While the new Outlander's upgrades may not be in the area of power output, considerable effort has gone into the revamp elsewhere.

The new Outlander has lost 105kg in weight over the old model but that 148bhp unit still has to work hard to get results – but then this vehicle is far too sensible to be interested in speed statistics. Refinement is significantly better than the Mk II and the updated car has a sophisticated new electric power steering system. The ride is smooth, at the expense of stability when cornering, but there's more than enough traction to keep you on the straight and narrow.

The interior of the new Outlander is excellent even in comparison to some of its high-quality, high-profile rivals. It's comfortable and spacious, with plenty of boot space and room for seven. The driving position gives good visibility and offers plenty of adjustment to accommodate all shapes and sizes. Mitsubishis are typically equipped with a generous amount of standard kit, so an entry-level model comes with air-conditioning, alloys, cruise control, electric windows all round, remote control central locking, stability control and seven airbags. You can spend a bit more for leather upholstery and dual-zone climate control or opt for a range topper that's packed with an almost embarrassing array of safety, comfort and convenience features.

This generation of Outlander is conservatively styled both in and outside. It's not going to turn heads on every trip but is smart enough. The cabin is not quite up to luxury brand quality but features nice materials and a clean, modern layout. Build quality is high and Mitsubishi's reliability record is excellent, which, allied to that generous equipment list, means you're getting an awful lot of car for the money here. Purchase price aside, the Outlander is also helpfully frugal – 50.4mpg is a decent return for a car in its class.

The conclusion is that the Outlander is a very decent car, but this market sector is packed with worthy competition and the Outlander could fall victim to some misplaced brand snobbery. The bottom line is that this is one of the most comfortable, affordable and reliable seven seaters out there.

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