Mitsubishi outlander is a beast among SUVs. The company has tried to be up to the expectations by launching this model, and I must say, they didn’t disappoint the crowd. Outlander comes at the higher end of the budget, also, way more sporty than most of the SUVs. This car has got everything- power, steering, comfort, terrain riding and good suspension. It is a hybrid car, having tools for plug in wherever you go. This makes this car a good option for heavy duty drivers that expect a lot from this car. Build quality of this car is way more rigid than expected due to the fact that it is made for rough road experience.
Performance: Outlander is packed with 2 litre petrol engine with hybrid capabilities. Engine type is multi point fuel injection, maintaining the power to weight ratio of about 48.1w/kg. Engine produces maximum torque of 186Nm @4500rpm and maximum power of 87kW @4500rpm. To drive, it has 1SP automatic transmission. If you accelerate this car, you will feel the power, and are going to bamboozled by the smoothness of transmission. The company has perfectly tuned the RPM and gear shifting that you won’t even feel a single jerk. Independent battery is mounted under the floor, delivering same power to the wheels, without any interference from the petrol engine. On fully petrol, it drives 100 km per 5.5 litres, and figure becomes around 1.8 if the batteries are fully charged. The range of 52 kilometres isn’t practical in day to day life, but for commuting around the distance of 15 km, you don’t need to worry about the fuel ever. Overall, the performance of this car is world class with world class features.
Steering & Suspension: The newer model has considerable improvement on the steering if we compare it to previous ones. Now the steering is smoother, easily turned, and doesn’t require the same amount of force. The turning circle remains the same, i.e 11 meters. If you drive this car on a rough road, you’re going to love the steering, because it is now sensitive, and respond instantly. It is equipped with standard RACK & PINION – POWER ASSISTED steering, but with lots of improvements. It is not the best out there, but certainly good enough to leave a mark.
Coming to suspension, Outlander is equipped with strong suspension parts, with front having MacPherson strut, Coil Spring, Gas damper and an Anti roll bar type, and rear having Multi-link system, Trailing arm, Coil Spring, Hydraulic double acting shock absorber and an Anti roll bar. This gives it immense power of shock absorption no matter on which type of road you’re travelling. The suspension is great for terrain type roads, and though it does have that sporty feel, you can drive it off really rough roads.
Features: the interior is detailed and advanced, better than the previous models. You get everything placed so nice on the dashboard. However the infotainment system gives problem when the phone is paired. It gets disconnected and then connected, there is a glitch and expected it to do a lot better. The gear looks stunning, with controls placed perfectly. Overall, the features are good to go with the price. LED lights makes the design modern, there are also brake connected LED lights, so when driving in the dark, the car looks absolutely stunning. Leather Upholstery in the car goes with the dashboard, and fuse with the zeal of the interior. The car looks as stunning on the inside as it is on the outside.
Space and Comfort: Outlander has got good amount of space, better comfort while driving. The comfort is due to the fact that Mitsubishi has damped the engine vibrations to enter the cabin by sound proofing it, additionally, using materials that can absorb vibrations. So you get a comfortable cabin with no interference of sound and vibrations. The seats of 3 row gets folded for extra boot space, and overall, the leg space is good. This 7 seater car has good space for adults, kids and luggage.
This car is definitely a good step up from the previous model of Outlander, but there are some tiny bits that could have been better.
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