When Mitsubishi released the 2016 Outlander they said it came with a whole bunch of changes compared to the previous models, with revised front end styling featuring Mitsubishi’s “Dynamic Shield” design and redesigned rear facia. The many changes weren’t just skin deep with Mitsubishi promising improve ride, performance and handling as well.
Having driven the previous model I was really intrigued to how much the 2016 had changed from the previous model.
From the outside the changes are immediately evident the new front end styling featuring DRL’s ( day time running lights) looks much better then the previous model the blacked out centre really contrasts well the chrome strips running up the side, the redesigned headlights combine well with the new front guards to give it a more muscular look front on. Stepping around to rear and you are greeted with a redesigned tailgate, new tail lights and a new bumper.
The My16 model ride on new designed 18inch alloy wheels which look really good and the outside was painted in a dark metallic brown colour called Ironbark which is new colour to the range and while I’m not a massive fan of brown cars this colour doesn’t look too bad.
Stepping inside and the changes on the inside a evident immediately as well, slipping into the drivers seat you greeted with a redesigned steering wheel which is comfortable to hold and has buttons for the cruise control and audio system
The instrument cluster is a basic looking affair but it’s well lit and easy read in all light, the seats are trimmed in a new black cloth and are reasonably comfortable.
The centre stack is home to the 6.1inch touch for the screen multimedia system and if you have read my previous Mitsubishi reviews you will know I’ve had a kind of love hate relationship with this system as for some reason it keeps disconnection my flash drive with all my music on it. But this time I am happy report that no such thing happened this time around. The bluetooth however was pain to connect my phone to and it ended being easier to use the voice recognition system to do it. Once connected though the system worked rather well.
Rear legroom was great and we ended up doing a 500km round trip in it and the kids did not complain once about it, boot space as you would expect was rather good at 477 litres which expands to 1608Litres with the back seats folded down.
I tested the base model 2.0L 4cyl 110Kw and 190nM of torque, and while the engine is quite peppy and willing to rev it’s basically a little under powered for a car this size. While it it will reasonably keep up with traffic with one person on board it starts to struggle a bit on hills specially from a standing start which unfortunately I face a lot on my regular commute.
On the freeway in top gear it gets along quite well but you do need change back a gear or two when you come to a hill to keep the speed up.
Fuel economy it’s really hard to work out proper fuel economy because the gauge kept resetting after every trip, but I finished the week averaging 9.4L which did include a 500km freeway trip, during the week I saw high 10’s for it during my normal trips.
Mitsubishi said they had improved the on road manners of the Outlander of the previous model and the improvement was evident within a few kilometres of driving.
The steering had more feel to it then the previous model, it’s not exactly the sharpest steerer but there had didn’t a definite improvement.
The Outlander seemed to ride better as well, absorbing bumps and uneven road surfaces without transmitting much of it back into the cabin, there was a bit of lean going into corners not enough to be off putting.
We did several hundred kilometres on the highway in it and it rode nice and smooth at highway speeds.
Safety wise the the Outlander has received a 5 star safety and comes equip with an abundance of safety features including Driver, front passenger airbags, Driver & front passenger side airbags, Curtain SRS airbags, Driver knee airbag, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Emergency Brake Assist System (EBA), Active Stability Control (ASC), Active Traction Control (ATC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body, ISO-Fix child seat mountings, it also scores full marks from me for having Reverse parking sensors and bonus points for a Reverse camera.
Overall I found the Outlander to be a decent family car I did find the though that 2L petrol engine the base 2wd model gets is a touch under powered.
It is well equip and has plenty of room and safety features my biggest disappointment with the LS was 2.0L engine so I would stump the extra for the 4wd model where you get your choice of the 2.4L petrol engine or the 2.2L diesel engine (which is my pick of the bunch). But certainly if your looking for an SUV to haul the family around you should definately have a look at the Outlander.
For more info on the Outlander check out Mitsubishi’s website http://www.mitsubishi-motors.com.au/vehicles/outlander
As you can tell the pics don’t actually match the car reviewed as I had some pc problems and lost mine, big thanks to Mitsubishi for supplying the pics.
Mitsubishi Outlander LS
Engine: 2.0L 4 cylinder 110Kw and 190nM
Transmission: 6 speed manual
7 airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Emergency Brake Assist System (EBA), Active Stability Control (ASC), Active Traction Control (ATC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), ISO-Fix child seat mountings, Reverse parking sensors, Reverse camera, LED Daytime Running Lamps, LED tail lamps, Climate control air conditioning, Display Audio with 6.1″ full colour touch screen.