Outlander 2.2 DI-D Juro SST
there are no silly names on
seven-seater. Outlander its
called. And that says it all...
THERE WAS A TIME when choosing a car was a pretty straightforward affair.
Today car-buying, like TV, has almost too many choices. Take, for instance,
the blurring lines between estates that go off-road and off-roaders that are
closer to high-riding estate cars.
Crossing over into the fray steps Mitsubishi's latest Outlander, tested here
in special edition Juro spec. It makes deciding on the powerplant for your new
car easy because there's only one engine available a state-of-the-art
2.2-litre common-rail, direct-injection turbodiesel engine developed jointly
with PSA Peugeot Citroen and also used in the Citroen C-Crosser and Peugeot
In the Outlander, this four-cylinder unit puts out a healthy 154bhp and 280lb
ft of torque enough to get it to the benchmark 62mph from standstill
in 9.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 124mph with a official combined consumption
of 39.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 189g/km.
As standard, the 2.2-litre turbodiesel is hooked up to a six-speed manual 'box
but our test model was fitted with Mitsubishi's SST a twin-clutch,
six-speed tiptronic automatic transmission with Sport mode as well as shift
paddles for full hands-on manual control.
to some of Mitsubishi's performance cars, the SST is a clever piece of kit that
uses two clutches, one to engage the gear in use and the other to pre-select
the next gear required, which ensures that the gear change takes place instantaneously.
is a clever piece of
kit that uses two
clutches, one to engage
the gear in use and the
other to pre-select
the next gear required,
which ensures that the
gear change takes place
This technology not only saves on CO2 emissions but massively reduces power
loss through the range. With no torque converter, this six-speed 'box is more
efficient than a normal automatic. In use, gear shifts are smooth and fast plus
there's no fuel penalty to speak of for going 'auto'.
The SST also happens to be an ideal match for the 2.2's muscular torque: thrust
is strong and, particularly in Sport mode, the Outlander definitely feels 'up
for it'. So no problems overtaking or keeping up with fast-moving traffic, either
on B-roads or motorways. And although you can hear there's a diesel beneath
the bonnet, it's never really intrusive and at cruising speeds it is quiet and
refined in the cabin.
Mitsubishi has a long history of building get-you-there-whatever off-roaders
and when you climb aboard the latest Outlander it's reassuring to know that
its all-season ability is working for you every mile of every journey you make,
whether you're venturing off the beaten track, driving on road in bad weather
Switching between the three distinct modes for the one that best suits the prevailing
road and weather conditions is simply done using the rotary dial drivetrain
selector positioned prominently between the front seats. The most frequent switching
will be between front- and four-wheel drive.
This can be done on the fly with a twist of the knob. The choices are 2WD front-wheel
drive (in normal driving conditions all torque is delivered to the front wheels
for economy-biased everyday driving); and 4WD Auto, the best option for driving
over unsurfaced roads (torque is instantly and effectively transferred to the
wheels with the most grip up to a 70:30 front:rear split).
Worth mentioning is that 4WD Auto mode is also the preferred choice if you need
to press on traction is better controlled because the instant
the front tyres show any sign of losing maximum grip, power is sent to the rear
wheels to rectify the situation. For the record, the Outlander's 4WD functionality
is primarily intended to enhance active safety and on-road dynamics, as well
as improve towing ability.
third option, for more difficult off-road conditions and a reminder that you're
driving a proper SUV, is 4WD Lock (torque is split up to 50:50 between front
and rear axle as and when required).
get a fuss-free,
along with car-like
handling and plenty
What all this means in real-life is that you get a fuss-free, four-wheel-drive
system along with car-like handling and plenty of grip. But make no mistake;
this Outlander is more than capable of mixing it with nature even if the average
buyer will not be going down that route.
That noted, the Outlander's proven off-road DNA doesn't mean that it rides as
hard as a traditional mud-plugger. The suspension is firm-ish but mostly as
a consequence of limiting on-road body roll but it's well-judged and
keeps on the comfort side of the ride / handling equation.
So who's going to buy an Outlander? Well, with seven seats and offering very
good value for money, it's a sure bet it will principally appeal to families
or those with family-oriented lifestyles and, given its off-road abilities and
room for a pair of 26-inch mountain bikes, for those with a penchant for 'active'
lifestyles. Whatever, with variable four-wheel drive, a handy split tailgate
and flexible load space/seating, it's suitably tough and fit for purpose to
have a foot in each camp.
Wherever you sit, the Outlander's roomy cabin is a comfortable place to be
it's smart but without talking itself too seriously, and the mix of trim finishes
and textures enhances the ambience. Plus there are numerous storage areas for
the whole family's odds and ends. Particularly handy are the two gloveboxes;
the top one, very conveniently, is cooled. Knurled rotary knobs with a nice
crisp action control the fully automatic climate control which does a refreshingly
chilly 'cool' when you need it. And with bright white graphics, the instruments
are all easy to read.
Drivers will benefit from, and appreciate, the command driving position that
affords an excellent view over the bonnet and to the sides and which makes the
Outlander an easy vehicle to place on the road. The fascia is clearly laid out
and the cabin is well stocked with enough kit to satisfy most owners including
the usual 'must haves' such as leather upholstery, power windows (four one-shot
auto up/down) and power-fold door mirrors (on demand and automatically on locking),
automatic climate control, privacy glass, 18-inch alloy wheels and Hill Start
semi-bucket front seats are well shaped and supportive with good bolstering
both on the base and the backrest. Outer door-mounted armrests are wide and
comfy and the centre front armrest caps a deep storage box.
inside the Outlanders
distinctive wheel arches
and fronted by
for seven seats...
The steering wheel only adjusts for height but the driver has manual seat height
adjustment and a good driving position is easily arrived at. The in-car entertainment
is sited centrally at the top of the dash, with large buttons for minimal distraction
while driving; remote controls are also mounted on the steering wheel for the
audio as well as the 'phone and cruise control.
There's definitely enough space inside the Outlander's strapping bodywork (underscored
by distinctive wheel arches and fronted by Mitsubishi's family face 'Jet-Fighter'
grille) for the seven seats even if the third row bench for two (folded out
of the way into the floor when not in use) is best reserved for youngsters.
That noted, for many owners the extra seating capacity is still a boon and makes
the Outlander a convincing alternative to a people carrier.
The spacious second row seats are split 60:40 and feature adjustable backrests.
They also power fold, flipping forward at the press of a small button in the
boot a nice touch and it only takes three seconds. The resulting
1,691-litre load bay has the added advantage of providing a fully-flat floor.
Loading cargo is easy thanks to a split tailgate, the lower section of which
helpfully serves as a seat or impromptu table for outdoor trips and summer picnics.
The latest Outlanders utilise the platform that also underpins Mitsubishi's
Lancer saloons and on the move the Outlander feels reassuringly secure and car-like.
Yes there is some limited body roll through quick corners but for a high-riding
compact SUV it's competent, good to drive and can be entertaining round the
twisty stuff while remaining comfortable to travel in. Brakes are progressive
and powerful there are discs all round; vented at the front
and the meaty Continental Cross Contact tyres fitted to the seven-spoke 18-inch
alloy wheels do a decent job for both comfort and grip.
Reasons to buy an Outlander will, justifiably, centre around its roominess,
load space, equipment levels, off-road capability and car-like manners. And,
of course, its ability to do all of the above while transporting you and your
Mitsubishi Outlander 2.2 DI-D Juro SST | £27,199
Maximum speed: 124mph | 0-62mph: 9.9 seconds | Overall Test MPG:
Power: 154bhp | Torque: 280lb ft | CO2 189g/km