ENGINES – From launch this particular Outlander was available with a 2.0-litre diesel engine which, as you’d expect, is a solid choice for anyone considering an SUV. Modest best describes its performance, what with an average power rating (138bhp) and both reasonable economy and pulling power credentials.
EXTERIOR – The rugged-looking Outlander presents a purposeful profile, which fits well with Mitsubishi’s claims of on and off-road performance. Scuff plates and running boards not only look good but are also functional, and there’s an overall styling nod to the firm’s racy Lancer Evolution range.
INTERIOR – Black plastic dominates the Outlander’s cabin, which does much to boost the ambience and provide a ‘bash-proof’ interior for anyone seeking to make the most of the car’s go-anywhere abilities. With plenty of room fore and aft the Outlander also makes for a convincing alternative to a conventional family hatchback.
DRIVING – With its switchable all-wheel drive system and generous ground clearance, the Outlander offers buyers seeking an affordable and genuinely capable SUV an alternative to mainstream choices. It’s also good on the road, demonstrating a reasonable amount of refinement and agility.
OWNERSHIP – The Outlander has been available for a while and, as such, is a known quantity. There are no surprises and the car is easy to drive on and off the road, and it’s just a accommodating as a family hatch. In diesel trim it shouldn’t cost the earth to run, either.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR – Most Outlanders will be bought like most other SUVs – to be used exclusively on the road. Some may have tow bars, which should prompt you to ask what was being pulled so there’s no question of over-stressing the car. For peace of mind check the car’s underside, which could show signs of damage due to overenthusiastic off-roading.
2007: Mitsubishi releases an all-new Outlander model, complete with diesel power and a capable off-roading transmission system. Boasting improved build quality and performance over its predecessor, a third row of seats was an option to compliment the high level of standard kit throughout the range.
REASONS TO BUY – capable, diesel power, good looks, spacious cabin.
REASONS TO BEWARE – Some rivals offer better on-road performance, brand image, aftermarket audio, diesel refinement.
PICK OF THE RANGE – Outlander 2.2 DI-DC Diamond
WHAT TO PAY
2007 57 16,625
2008 08 17,990
2008 58 18,520
2009 09 20,095
2009 59 20,670
2010 10 22,625
2010 60 23,250
Figures relate to showroom prices for cars in A1 condition.