The Mitsubishi Outlander is the sister car to the Peugeot 4007 and Citroen C-Crosser. Like these, the Mitsubishi Outlander feels more like a tall estate car than a traditional SUV to drive, with the security of four-wheel drive for when you need it. Practicality is key to its appeal, with two additional seats folding into the boot floor, giving a seven-seater layout. There's one engine choice - a powerful 2.2-litre diesel that's offered with a six-speed manual or a twin-clutch automated manual similar to the one found in the Mitsubishi Evo X. Smart looks, a neat interior and decent equipment levels appeal, but tough competition from budget rivals makes it look expensive.
- Massive boot
- Seven-seat practicality
- Super-efficient hybrid model
- Dated interior
- Noisy diesel engine
- Awkward rear-seat access
The Mitsubishi Outlander is a rugged SUV model designed to take on rivals like the Land Rover Freelander and Hyundai Santa Fe. Even the entry-level Mitsubishi Outlander GX2 is fairly well-equipped with cruise control and air-con, but you’ll want to step up to the GX3 to get seven seats and smart alloy wheels.
Just one engine is available (unless you go for the PHEV Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), a 2.2-litre diesel with enough power to tow heavy loads. Economy of 53mpg is quite respectable for a car in this class too.
- Cheap for a hybrid
- Excellent economy
- Free from paying road tax
- Looks the same as the standard car
- Conventional model is better to drive
- Batteries compromise boot space
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a range-extender hybrid capable of impressive economy figures and low CO2 emissions. It can also drive for up to 30 miles on battery power alone. Just like the conventional Outlander, the PHEV is four-wheel drive, meaning it is one of the few hybrids that can go off road and is suitable for towing. Despite all the high-tech technology, boot space is almost the same as in the normal car.