Mitsubishi Motors Australia put me in an Outlander PHEV a month or so ago and now I’m testing the LS All Wheel Drive version in a 5 seater. Currently MMAL are promoting a 7 seat 2WD Auto wagon at $29,990 drive away and I’m thinking that this must be the best value for money 7-seater on the market anywhere.

What is it:    So before I launch into the ins and outs of this vehicle, let me price the variants.

Outlander 7 Seat 2WD Auto                   $29990

With a safety pack                                    $33990

Outlander 7 seater AWD Auto               $35990

With a safety pack                                    $38990

Now with the safety pack you’re getting the following equipment

Forward Collision Mitigation System

Adaptive Cruise Control

Lane Departure Warning

And I’m thinking that the extra three of four thousand is worth every cent for these features. If you’re carrying your family, all of these safety features will help minimize the potential of an accident and if you do have an accident, reduce significantly the chances of serious injury.

And then you’re asking whether an All-Wheel Drive vehicle is worth $6000 more than a Two Wheel Drive. In my opinion, yes it is – particularly if you’re purchasing this vehicle for your family. It’s certainly a hefty price jump from $30k to $39k but, what price should you really put on safety?

Key Competitors

Arguably the most competitive segment in the Australian car market, the medium SUV market is crowded with excellent vehicles. Even the Chinese brands Haval and MG are producing very good cars. It’s almost impossible for anyone to assess these brands and all the models within each model range, so affordability and brand reputation will undoubtedly come into play. Of course there are a few brands that exclude themselves due to historic service and warranty concerns – Ford, Holden Jeep and Volkswagen but the others are all worthy of your consideration.

Ford Escape             Haval H6                   Holden Equinox                  Honda CR-V         Hyundai Tucson      Jeep Cherokee        Kia Sportage                        Mahindra XUV500

Mazda CX-5             MG GS                       Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross       Nissan X-Trail           Renault Koleos        Skoda Octavia         Subaru Forester

Suzuki Grand Vitara          Toyota RAV4           Volkswagen Tiguan

The first Outlander introduced onto the Australian market was just downright ugly with a big ‘nose’ leading the vehicle. In 2018 however that ‘nose’ has had a rhinoplasty and the grille and bumper are typical of all the other entrants.

Under the bonnet

Mitsubishi Outlander LS

Mitsubishi Outlander LS runs a 2.4 litre engine with a 6 Speed CVT Transmission

Mitsubishi uses the 2.4-litre Mivec engine – a world engine – that gives enough power and torque. It’s mated to a 6 speed CVT transmission. Motoring journalists are prone to criticise the CVT, but over the years, more and more car companies are moving to this type rather than the normal automatic. And why? Simply the CVT transmission is smooth, particularly around the city where most of these vehicles spend their time, they’re almost bulletproof (with regular servicing) and there aren’t any harsh gear changes.

Down the side

Driver and front passenger SRS Air Bags

Driver and front passenger Side Air Bags

Curtain SRS Air Bags

Knee Air Bag

Anti Locking Brakes

Electronic Brakeforce Distribution

Emergency Brake Assist

Active Stability Control

Active Traction Control

Hill Start Assist

Forward collision mitigation System

Adaptive Crusie Control

Lane Departure Warning

Automatic High Beam

Emergency Stop Signal Function

At the back

Mitsubishi Outlander LS

Cavernous carrying area allows for multiple large items – prams, golf clubs, market day purchases

Mitsubishi Outlander LS

Reverse Sensors and Reversing Camera add to the safety tech in the Outlander

Reverse Sensors, Reverse Camera are standard features adding to the overall safety package.

Give that this LS Outlander is a five-seater the luggage area is massive. Three sets of golf clubs, pram, shopping, market-day purchases – if you can’t fit everything into the space, you need a bigger vehicle. Capacity with the second row seats up is a massive 477 litres, with the second row down, 1608 litres. Do you really want to fit a piano in there?

If you want to tow with the Mitsubishi Outlander LS, your load with electric brakes fitted runs to 1600kg which is sufficient for a medium sized boat, pop top campervan or larger trailer. Without electric brakes your capacity drops to 750kg but even that is more than capable of towing the weekend trailer.

 

 

Drivers Side

Mitsubishi Outlander LS

Alloy Wheels, privacy glass, roof rails, folding exterior rear view mirrors – all standard

From the Mitsubishi Outlander brochure: “The Mitsubishi Outlander 7 seat SUV models are built for family versatility and flexibility. Both the second and third row seats (7 seat version) can be easily re-arranged and with reclining seatbacks, make for a comfortable ride. You can even fold down all rear seats to create a large flat luggage area. As your needs grown and shrink, expand and contract, Outlanders flexibility mean it can keep up with the pace you set.”

 

Alloy wheels are standard on the LS model and the design cues are similar to all the other competitors in this segment. Rear passenger access is excellent and there’s plenty of room to boot, even for the middle seat passenger.

Driver’s Seat

 

Mitsubishi Outlander LS

A generous driver’s seat, most switches, and buttons to run the car is on the steering wheel or close

If you can’t get comfortable in the driver’s seat, you’re not really trying.

Features abound in the LS model but include:

Leather steering wheel and gear shift knob

Climate control air conditioning

Chrome accents – everywhere

Pollen Filter

Tilt and Telescopic steering wheel

Driver footrest

Central Door Locking

Push Button Start

Folding door mirrors

Automatic Rain Sensing Wipers

Automatic Dusk Sensing Headlights

Illuminated Glove Box, Illuminated Sun Visors and map lights

Apple Car Play

Bluetooth

On the road

I’ve driven various SUV’s recently – Kia Sportage, Suzuki Vitara Turbo, Haval H6, Land Rover Discovery, Nissan X-Trail, Mazda CX-5 and others. The Mitsubishi Outlander LS all-wheel-drive, is as good if not better than all of these in so many ways. It’s smooth on the road, handles extremely well in wet weather, it’s spacious and has all the technology you’d want to keep your family safe. And it’s quietness is one of its main attributes.

Green Vehicle Guide

The Federal Government’s Green Vehicle Guide website uses politically correct terminology to determine fuel economy. Urban, extra urban and combined. I’ll call it the way it is – City and suburbs, Highway and still use combined.

You might recall that these tests are conducted in a laboratory to Australian Standards so don’t expect to achieve City and Suburb results the same as these. In my experience, I’ve found that the highway test is closest to the actual economy you’ll get, but the city results can be undercooked by about 20%. Hopefully, real world tests and results will be provided this year.

Combined Cycles (Highway and City)                           6.7 litres per 100klm

City Cycle                                                                              8.5 litres per 100klm

Highway Cycle                                                                    5.7 litres per 100klm

Air Pollution Standard                                                      Euro 5

Tail Pipe Co2                                                                        156 Grams per kilometre

ANCAP Safety

These ANCAP safety tests were conducted in 2014 but I expect if tested now, the Mitsubishi Outlander LS would achieve the same or at least similar results.

Mitsubishi Outlander LS

ANCAP’s test in 2014 gave the Outlander 5 stars

I’ve stated before in these articles, that there really isn’t a bad car being sold in Australia. That being said, if the vehicle you’re looking at doesn’t have a 5-star ANCAP rating, move on to something else.

Where to buy:

Vehicle provided by Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited. If you’re in the market to buy an Outlander, pick your dealer carefully. When I want to check out the ‘worthiness’ of a dealer, I Google ‘Mitsubishi Dealers Brisbane” where the city is the one that you live in or around.

From a South East Queensland perspective here’s the dealers I’d visit

North Side                            Nundah Mitsubishi                         4.3 Stars

South Side                            Motorama Mitsubishi                    4.4 Stars

East Side                               Barton’s Mitsubishi                        4.8 Stars

West Side                             Blue Ribbon Mitsubishi                 4.0 Stars

Sunshine Coast                   Cricks Mitsubishi Nambour         4.8 Stars

Gold Coast                            von Bibra Mitsubishi                     4.8 Stars

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