Mitsuibishi Outlander

The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander is a four wheel drive SUV with the added advantage of seven seats, the Japanese manufacturer has an excellent reputation for making four wheel drive cars and if you want the assurance of a family mover that is the best in class off road then the Outlander is the car for you.  There is plenty of room for tall passengers in the front while the second row has less headroom and the third row seats are suitable only for children, these two rearmost seats can be folded independently into the boot floor. The second row seats also feature a tilting backrest and offer a sliding function allowing owners to adjust rear passenger leg room as required. When all five rear seats are folded the Outlander offers 1,608 litres space, down on the 1,982 litres offered in the Nissan X-trail.  The Outlander has three drive options, 4WD Eco will offer maximum economy, while 4WD Lock mode keeps feeding the power to each of the four wheels for maximum traction. Sitting between the two is the 4WD Auto mode for normal driving conditions.

 

Two trim lines are avaialble, Design and Exceed.  Design cars have, 18-inch alloy wheels and automatic Stop & Go functionality. Inside is an Android Auto/Apple Carplay-compatible infotainment system with a DAB radio, as well as dual-zone climate control. Move up to Exceed and you add Exceed cars have 18-inch alloy wheels and a number of driver conveniences, including a 360-degree camera, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts. The seats are leather and the infotainment now has a satnav built in.

 

The Mitsubishi Outlander is only available with a 148 bhp 2.0 litre petrol engine (Or PHEV) paired to a CVT Automatic gearbox. With only 195nm of torque, drive being sent to all four wheels and with a kerb weight of 2225kg,  progress is not rapid, 0-62 takes 13.3 seconds and the top speed is 118 miles per hour. Towing capacity is also compromised with a maximum braked weight of 1600kg compared to the 2000kg of the old diesel engine. As suspected the fuel economy is not stellar, 37.7 mpg under the new WLTP testing for a combined cycle or 26.2 for a city cycle, it means that the 60 litre fuel tank will not keep you on the move for long.

The choice of automatic, all wheel drive, seven seat cars on the Scheme is far from lengthy, if you can offset the fuel consumption against the low Advance Payments then it’s the Outlander makes an excellent choice providing you test drive the CVT gearbox first.

Autumn Best Buy – Mitsubishi Outlander  2.0 Petrol CVT Auto 4wd ‘Design’  –  £1549  Advance Payment (£436.85 wpms)

Autumn Best Buy – Mitsubishi Outlander  2.0 Petrol CVT Auto 4wd ‘Exceed’  –  £2149  Advance Payment (£1036.85 wpms)

 

 

The Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 

The 2019 Outlander PHEV is all wheel drive plug-in hybrid powered by a new 2.4 litre petrol engine that produces more torque and improving fuel economy. The motor attached to the rear wheels is now 10% more powerful and the battery pack capacity has increased to 13.8 kWh, (the mini countryman phev has a 7.6kWh battery and the Toyota prius phev 8.8 kWh) The electric only range is quoted at 33 miles, WLTP quote it at 28 but the reality is closer to 15-20 miles. The petrol engine is improved but remains very thirsty and the moment it kicks in you are draining the tiny 45 litre tank faster than you would believe. If you do long journeys or can’t keep your batteries topped up then the Outlander is not for you. If you drive 15 miles to work and can charge the car at home and work then it’s perfect. Charging time from a 13amp domestic plug is 5 hours, from a fast AC charger it’s 3.5 hours and from a DC fast charger 80% of battery power can be gained in 25 minutes.The Outlander PHEV is on the scheme in new trims, the Design is the trim to go for as it adds equipment over the Verve and the now defunct Juro.

 

 Autumn Best Buy – Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2.4 Plugin Hybrid 4wd PHEV ‘Design’  –  £3749 Advance Payment (£2622.73 wpms)