Engines: All with stop/start: 2-litre 112kW petrol; 2.4-litre 126kW petrol; 2.2-litre turbocharged 112kW diesel.
Transmissions: Six-speed continuously variable automatic
Fuel economy: 5.8 litres/100km – 7.5-litres/100km
Emissions: Euro V
Equipment: Includes Bluetooth wireless technology
Factory warranty: 5-year/130,00km
The previous Outlander was a best-seller in NZ. The new one can expect to fly fairly high too, although the medium SUV sector offers stiff competition. It’s a capable vehicle with appealing fuel efficiency, engine refinement, towing capacity and off-road ability. Also, there’s a diesel online casino available for the first time too. Mitsubishi is setting an evironmentally friendly course these days and there is no vehicle in its line-up that epitomises this more than the new Outlander. On the road the Outlander settles into an easy lope, although the ride can be slightly lumpy and the steering a bit imprecise. The cabin is roomy and practical. Indeed, the driving environment is inviting and functional. On Mitsubishi’s side is the Outlander’s towing capacity, something that more and more New Zealanders seem to need these days. The petrol-powered two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models come with a braked towing capacity of 1600kg, a minor advantage over some rivals. But the turbocharged diesel Outlander can pull 2000kg, putting it up among some of the bigger boys.
Good: Thrifty engines, towing capacity, clever four-wheel-drive system
Not so good: Ride and handling a mixed bag.