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The Top Gear car review:Mitsubishi Outlander
For:A bit bigger, a bit dearer, a bit more stylish
Against:Ultimately, completely forgettable
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In theory, the answer to all our SUV problems. In practice, not quite the silver bullet we were hoping for.
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What is it?
The latest Outlander sits on the same platform but is significantly newer - allowing for the PHEV hybrid version. Good, but unexciting.
The Outlander is part of that modern breed of urban SUVs with precious few pretensions towards the mud. As such it handles much more like a road car than a proper off-roader, with plenty of grip and little body roll.
The need to limit body roll means the suspension in the Outlander is fairly firm, but it’s not so much as to actually make it uncomfortable. General refinement on the move is also far better than the larger, older Shogun.
The 2.2-litre diesel is the big one for the UK - 148bhp and 280lb ft of torque means 0-62mph in 11.2 seconds. Won’t exactly the world on fire, but then if you’re Stigging something like this, you should seek professional advice.
On the inside
No chink in the Outlander’s armour here, with a split tailgate and the option of a third row of seats, albeit a very token one with scarcely enough room for kids. The second row folds automatically at the touch of a button too. Which is nice.
The Outlander is exactly as well put together as you’d expect from a Japanese product with this sort of family-oriented lifestyle in mind. It’s tough, simple and fit for purpose if the purpose in question is nothing more arduous than kids, dogs or mountain bikes.
The diesel returns around 47.1mpg and emits 146g/km of CO2, so not too exorbitant.