To be fair to the Mitsubishi Outlander it serves a market and serves it well. That said if we are looking for a mid $40k SUV and want to throw the Outlander into the mix it fails on every aspect, but thats hardly an apples for apples comparison.
The Mitsubishi Outlander ES was used for the test drive purposes but the ES Black delivers on some key interior features upgrades that make the Mitsubishi a worthy test drive variant.
Feel for the road through is not something the Outlander will be noted for. Frankly it’s poor acceleration is also problematic and is something that has plagued the ASX range for some time as well. The 2.4Lt 4 cylinder petrol engine develops 124kW of power and 220Nm of torque which is obvious when driving.
The seating position can be improved on. Long stints behind the wheel invariably leads to drivers resting on the centre console – this is simply not possible in the Outlander. This has been a common theme amongst the Mitsubishi family.
In cab the Mitsubishi Outlander ES offers 8″ Touch Screen, Rear reversing camera, Apple & Android Car play, Forward Collision Alert, lane departure alert and adaptive cruise control.
Two powertrains are available, a naturally-aspirated 2.4-litre petrol engine (as tested here) and a 2.2Lt turbo diesel engine. The ES is the entry level vehicle, and the series progresses up to the “Black” which has a higher end spec. It still presents well from the outside and makes for a good choice for an urban commuter suitable for a small family.
The warranty period is 5 years and with service intervals of 15,000km at an average cost of $299.00 for the first 5 years, the on going costs after purchase is minimal. Manufactured in Japan it is a cost effective, good choice that represents good value for money.
At a glance
|Mitsubishi Outlander ES||Spec|
|Engine||4 cylinder 2.4lt SOHC |
16 valve MIVEC petrol engine
|Power / Torque||124kW / 220Nm|
|Transmission||6 speed CVT|
|City Fuel Economy||7.2L/100km|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 star|
As tested by Nick Dicembre on the 7th of May 2021