2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

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The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander offers a great blend of practicality, sensibility and thanks to a generous helping of standard features, this seven-seater SUV may just be one of the finest offroad purchases of 2014.

Mitsubishi is an interesting brand and I do like its products. The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is a massively underrated truck and the Lancer Evolution promises massive performance for not an obscene amount of money. Sadly, the lack of variety in the product line-up means Mitsubishi often falls under the radar.

The Outlander was launched earlier in 2014 and Ashley was there to drive it. Fast forward a few months and I found myself behind the wheel of this generic-looking SUV. It's not the best of starts as I find the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander very average in the looks department and there's nothing really striking about its design at all.

Thankfully, the good far outweighs the bad as the capabilities and specification of the vehicle means looks are soon forgotten. Let's start with the standard specification. The only thing missing is satellite navigation and to be honest, most smartphones are GPS-capable.

All the features!

There's seven seats all with leather with the driver and passenger chairs featuring heaters, Bluetooth with Handsfree Voice Control, Dual-zone Automatic Air-conditioning, Multi-functional Leather Steering Wheel, Touch Screen Audio Display System, Rockford Fosgate sound system, USB port, auto wipers, auto levelling headlamps, rear view camera, park distance control, automatic tailgate, flipdown DVD player for second row (includes 1x headphone set) as well as top of the range safety features.

It's very impressive and I don't think I've ever seen a car with this much specification under R500 000. Truly remarkable!

Engine

Powering the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander is a 2.4-litre petrol engine with a CVT gearbox. Being an offroad vehicle, there are some 4x4 modes too, and there's no need for any complications as operation between four-wheel drive lock and eco mode is as simple as a single button. Power comes in at 123 kW, with torque being rated at 222 Nm.

It's not the quickest of vehicles, and it's not the thriftiest of cars either. You should see 100 kph come up in around 11 seconds and while Mitsubishi claims 8.2l/100 km, I couldn't get below 10.1l/100 km.

Offroad ability

The real test of the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander came during a particularly cold snap of weather had hit the Western Cape. Snow had been reported overnight, and my girlfriend insisted we get up early and drive to Ceres. Driving in snow is something I'd never done before and it was a perfect opportunity to grab some photos and put the Mitsubishi Outlander to the test.

As we reached the Matroosberg area, the car sounded an ice warning as temperatures dropped from 9 to -1 degree and the road was covered in snow. I put the vehicle into 4x4 Auto, which automatically transfers power across both front and rear axles as the wheels started slipping in the mud and slush. It handled a brief detour down a frozen gravel road too and I was impressed with its offroad ability.  As you can see by the pictures, it was properly cold, but the vehicle handled it all.

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Price in South Africa

R439 900 puts you behind the wheel of the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander. Included in that price is a 3 year/100 000 km manufacturer’s warranty and a 5 Year/90 000 km service plan. Service intervals are every 15 000 km.

A second opinion

The Mitsubishi Outlander is an underrated competitor in the medium SUV segment. It has credible offroad skills and decent on-road dynamics. Seven seats counts as a major plus when you factor in price-worthy competitors. It may look bland, but it has a good deal of standard specification and that DVD player screen should be a serious hit on the long journey. - Ashley Oldfield 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander quick specs
Engine  2.4-litre four cylinder petrol
Power  123 kW
Torque  222 Nm
Transmission Six-speed CVT (Multi-select control-on-demand 4WD Eco mode, 4WD Auto and 4WD Lock)
Wheels  18-inch alloys
0-100km/h  10.6 seconds (claimed)
Fuel economy  8.2 l/100km (claimed)
We like: . Has everything you'd ever need in terms of specification . Can go offroad with ease . Excellent family vehicle

We dislike: . Engine is thirsty . Styling is generic

Also consider: . Subaru Forester XS Premium . Land Rover Freelander . Nissan X-Trail . Hyundai IX35 . Kia Sportage

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