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, Juro and ‘4’.  Juro cars have 18″ alloy wheels, keyless operation system with engine start/stop button, heated windscreen, privacy glass, auto lights, electric folding heated door mirrors, steering column-mounted shift paddles, electronic parking brake & brake auto hold, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, reversing camera, heated front seats and Mitsubishi’s new SDA (Smartphone Link Display Audio) system which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility with DAB and Bluetooth. Move up to ‘4’ trim and you add black leather seats & powered driver’s seat, LED headlamps & front fog lamps, power tailgate, 360-degree camera, heated steering wheel and blind spot warning & rear cross traffic alert.

 

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, claimed economy of 37.7 miles per gallon or  32.5mpg under the new WLTP testing, means that the 60litre 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 ‘Juro’  –   £1299  Advance Payment (£214 wpms)

 Autumn Best Buy – Mitsubishi Outlander  2.0 Petrol CVT Auto 4wd ‘4’  –   £1799  Advance Payment (£714 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 Juro (entry level) trim – heated front seats, smartphone link and the ability to pre heat the car are all standard, Mitsubishi also fit rear parking sensors to all their Motability cars.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Autumn Best Buy – Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2.4 Plugin Hybrid 4wd PHEV ‘Juro’  –   £1999  Advance Payment (£914 wpms)