Outlander 2.2 DI-D GX5 7-seat
has upped its game by
using a new 2.2-litre turbodiesel
to power its latest third generation
which has also been
designed to cater for hybrid plug-in
coming later in
2013. So, to wait or to go? Well, as
the 2.2 model is available right now,
we thought wed
get behind the
wheel without delay...
NOT ONLY IS WHAT'S UNDER the bonnet new, but so too is the bonnet and all the
rest of the bodywork. While previous 4x4s from Mitsubishi have looked tough
as well as actually being tough, the third-gen Outlander SUV wears a much smarter
This new mid-size five/seven-seat Outlander sports a far more urbane look
no more Mr Machismo, as previously epitomised by the gaping Evo X-style front-end.
Instead the nose is now smart and elegant, the slender headlamp units linked
by a pair of slim satin-chrome bars either side of the Mitsubishi three-blade
propellor emblem, effectively underscoring the bonnet while simultaneously crowning
the wide black grille.
the A-pillars back the new Outlander's flanks are long and smooth, the only
ornamentation a chrome flourish defining the kicked-up lower glasshouse trim.
Finished in black, our test Outlander was smart enough to look at home in any
executive car park.
The heart of its go-
anywhere skills-set is
its Multi-Select electronically-controlled
There are three 4x4
4WD Eco which provides
a higher level of active
safety while also
optimising fuel economy
They say you can take the man out of Essex but you can't take Essex out of the
man. Similarly, you can make a Mitsubishi that doesn't look like a 4x4 but you
can't take the 4x4 out of the Mitsubishi. Despite the smart new clothes, underneath
them the Outlander retains all of its predecessors off-road ability
The heart of its go-anywhere skills-set is its 'Multi-Select' electronically-controlled
permanent all-wheel drive system. There are three 4x4 modes: 4WD Eco; 4WD Auto;
and 4WD Lock. Most of the time 4WD Eco
which affords a higher level of active safety while also optimising fuel economy
provides drive to the front pair of wheels. However, the instant road conditions
call for more grip, the 'intelligent' system engages full-on four-wheel drive.
Actually, it's 4WD Auto that's the normal and default mode; and it's a no-brainer
that 4WD Lock is the max-traction setting used for tackling the most demanding
conditions both on- and off-road. To switch between modes, all the driver need
do is to push the 4WD button alongside the traditional handbrake on the centre
In 4WD Lock the Outlander cuts the mustard off-road. Improved ground clearance
with short front and rear overhangs give it impressive go-anywhere ability even
on the smart 18-inch alloys shod with wide 225/55 tyres.
If you've owned one of the previous generation Outlanders then you'll see straight
away that the light and airy new cabin is a marked step-up. Piano black trim,
carbon-fibre inserts and satin chrome highlights boost the ambience. The leather
clad seats are supportive and comfortable.
And if you're the one doing the driving you'll quickly set a fine driving position
thanks to powered seat adjustment along with decent height and reach of the
sporty, leather-rimmed wheel. For the record, the wheel also has remote controls
to help keep your hands where they should be
you'll find voice, phone, and audio controls (on the left spoke), and cruise,
speed limiter, and distance for the adaptive cruise control (on the right).
A decent rest for your left foot (Size 10+? Not a problem!) is also proved in
the knee- and shin-friendly footwell.
sit high, as you'll discover once you get behind the wheel, and can see the
end of the bonnet
there's also good visibility to the sides and rear (a rear-view camera is supported
by audible front and rear sensors).
also appreciate the clear instrument pack that keeps you informed of all the
important stuff, including range-to-empty and average mpg.
If youre a passenger
travelling in the second
row, dont sulk its a
premium row because
along with regular seat
comfort and lots of space
you also have the ability
to slide your seat
backwards or forwards to
The touchscreen SatNav displays in 3D and also shows the posted speed limit
as a road sign
handy. And you'll be able to make use of, and share, the centre armrest without
worrying because it doesn't cramp the trad handbrake. Decent outer armrests
are on the doors. Even the tilt-and-slide sunroof is labour-saving, with one-shot
open and close.
The door mirrors powerfold on demand, and also automatically when locking and
leaving. Tinted glass plus privacy glass at the rear don't just keep the paparazzi
guessing, but help keep your skin looking young by filtering out the rays.
If you're a passenger travelling in the second row, don't sulk
it's a premium row because along with regular seat comfort and lots of space
you also have the ability to slide your seat backwards or forwards (over a 250mm
range) to maximise legroom, recline your backrest and make good use of a large,
padded drop-down centre armrest for lounging. Six-footers will feel very much
at home here. Unusually, there are bottle holders in the second row door pockets
as well as in those up front.
Row three offers a pair of wide 50:50 split seats
each large and comfortable enough (they're properly sprung, have backrests that
adjust, height-adjustable headrests) to accommodate a real-world grown-up. Reaching
or exiting them doesn't, unlike on some seven-seaters, call for limbo dancing
skills, thanks to the easy-to-use, sliding function of the middle row that lets
those riding in seats six and seven 'walk-in'. If you're carrying adults back
here, the second row seats will need sliding forward.
They're versatile, too, when it comes to a spot of the old load-lugging: their
backrests drop forward individually; or they can be folded and stowed away out
of sight beneath the floor.
considered touches include an under-floor cargo box to store the luggage cover
cassette when its not required (a very sensible feature); and the tailgate on
our range-topping GX5 model featured power opening and closing
brilliant when you've got your arms full of shopping.
boot capacity with row three seats folded away is a generous 591 litres; and
with both rows folded this goes up to 1,022 litres
and you can carry items upto 1.69 metres long.
planning on venturing into the 'outlands' will be reassured to know that there's
a proper spare wheel. Other practical touches include a non-slip tailored boot
carpet along with an easy lift-out heavy duty rubber load liner.
If youre a CAMRA
member (Campaign for
Real Ale) you may
like to know that the
capacity with the driver
and front passenger
aboard is the equivalent
of 1,798 pints...
The 2.2-litre is a four-pot common rail, direct injection, 'low-impact' Euro
5 turbodiesel unit that emits 153g/km of CO2, and it gets to 62mph from standstill
in 11.7 seconds. On the right road it will run to 118mph.
And, courtesy of 147bhp and 265lb ft of torque between 1,750 and 2,500rpm, it's
responsive and has enough urge to move the Outlander along at a fair pace while
keeping the decibels down. Officially, the automatic can return 48.7mpg in the
running mostly in 4WD Auto, our real-life test average came out at 38.1mpg.
4WD Eco users should do better.
The turbodiesel is helped in its labours by a new six-speed automatic
a conventional torque-converter autobox that replaces the second-gen's twin-clutch
transmission. The new transmission has been fitted because a hydraulic torque
converter-equipped system such as this is smoother, especially when working
off-road, as well as being 'cleaner'. Smoother it most definitely is
changes, especially when using the slim aluminium steering-wheel paddles, are
Even if you don't buy the range-topping GX5 version you still get a lot of kit.
Starting out with the entry-level GX2 you'll get automatic lighting, coming
home headlamps, six-speaker stereo with CD, MP3 connectivity and USB, cruise
control, mono/colour LCD display, AirCon, Active Stability and Traction Control,
curtain, dual stage front and driver's knee air bags, City Crash Provision,
Hill Start Assist, and an Eco 4WD mode.
Moving up, the GX3 comes with a third row of two seats while the second gets
a sliding function. Additionally there's also dual-zone AirCon, front fogs,
rain-sensing wipers, powerfold mirrors, high-contrast colour LCD display, leather-wrapped
steering wheel, Bluetooth hands-free with USB and steering wheel-mounted controls,
privacy glass, and roof rails.
GX4 brings leather upholstery, heated (two-stage) front seats, rear parking
sensors, Xenon HID headlights, Mitsubishi Multi Communication System with SatNav
and rear-view camera, headlamp washers, electric sunroof, and automatic transmission
GX5 tops all this off with keyless locking and start, DAB radio, powered tailgate,
Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Mitigation System, and Lane Departure
The Outlander drives
confidently and while it
looks a biggish beastie
its physically lighter
than it looks, easy to
place and handles with
a light touch.
Ride comfort is well
fettled, and shows
a good balance between
handling and ride...
Safety-wise it's equally well specced, with a five-star Euro NCAP rating and
new features such as City Crash Provision. The Lane Departure Warning System
will keep you on course, while the Forward Collision Mitigation System detects
obstacles on the road ahead and applies the brakes if you don't or if, for some
reason, you can't.
Even at low speeds the Adaptive Cruise Control maintains a safe distance between
you and the vehicle in front. It can detect vehicles up to 200 metres away but
when there's no vehicle in front, it works as a regular cruise control system,
maintaining the speed set by the driver. It will also, if the vehicle in front
slows down and stops, also slow the Outlander down and bring you to a safe and
steady standstill. If this happens then ACC will return full control of the
vehicle to the driver.
The Outlander drives confidently and while it looks a biggish beastie, it's
physically lighter than it looks, easy to place and handles with a light touch.
Ride comfort is well fettled, and shows a good balance between handling and
ride. It bowls along, taking surface irregularities, including speed humps,
in its stride, and while there's some body lean during cornering, it's generally
very supple. And when you need to rein it in, the brakes haul the Outlander
down from speed quickly and without fuss. Engine braking is also good when you
'paddle down' through the gears.
Today multi-tasking is king, whether it's portable media or cars. The Outlander
not only multi-tasks decisively when it comes to switching between people and
packages, but it also drives off-road as well as it does on tarmac. Factor in
seven very usable seats, plenty of dual-usage space, and practical towing abilities
(2,000kg braked), and the new Outlander is much more than just a contender.
Mitsubishi Outlander 2.2 DI-D GX5 7-Seat
Top speed: 118mph | 0-62mph: 11.7 seconds | Average Test MPG: 38.1mpg
Power: 147bhp | Torque: 265lb ft | CO2 153g/km