The new Mitsubishi Outlander is an impressive car but, with the flagship GX5 model costing £34,000, is it worth the hefty price tag? Car reviewer Tim Barnes-Clay finds out.
The Mitsubishi Outlander is a great car but in flagship GX5 guise it appears too expensive.
The Mitsubishi Outlander GX5 sport utility vehicle (SUV) may be the greenest, most stylish and technologically advanced yet, but the best part of £34,000 is a huge wedge for anyone to pay.
You're in BMW or Audi executive motor territory for that kind of cash, but then again, the latest Outlander is an entirely different type of vehicle with a completely separate image.
Hefty price tag
So let's dig a bit deeper and find out why this car has such a hefty price tag.
For a start, the range-topping 2.2 DI-D GX5 automatic transmission derivative has more kit than you can shake a stick at.
It has an impressive five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, with features such as city crash provision, lane departure warning, forward collision mitigation and clever adaptive cruise control technology.
In fact, throughout each element of the comprehensive NCAP test, the all-new Outlander scored favourably, particularly in the "safety assist" section, achieving an exceptional 100%.
Style and substance
There's no denying that the most up-to-date Outlander yet offers style and substance.
Benefiting from advanced specifications and enhanced safety features, noise and vibration are substantially reduced.
And, along with multi-link suspension, it means that you and your passengers are guaranteed a soothing ride.
Indeed, the serene Mitsubishi Outlander GX5 is aided further by great positioning of sound proofing materials.
And with third row seating, it means that even your rear-most passengers can travel contentedly too.
Good fuel economy
Up front, and particularly behind the wheel, the Mitsubishi has a simple, yet tasteful look.
Smooth lines made from high-quality materials gives the Outlander a rich, first-class feel and the dashboard encases you, giving you a feeling of security and control.
What's more, the easy-to-operate steering wheel controls and high-resolution, clear instrument displays, make driving a pleasure not a chore.
The Outlander has a clean diesel engine too, as well as good fuel economy.
Official figures quote over 47mpg, although the average mpg on my test car hovered around the 40 mark.
Still, that's not bad – especially if you take into account that the SUV churns out less pollution (CO2 153g/km) than many of its key competitors in the seven-seat 4x4 class.
Six-speed automatic suits long journeys
With a 0-62mph time of over 11 seconds, the modern Mitsubishi Outlander GX5 isn't a quick motor.
But it's polished and effortless to commute in – particularly long-haul with its endearing six-speed automatic transmission.
The brand name may not conjure up the green-eyed monster in your executive vehicle-owning neighbours' minds, but you won't care.
Because even though parting with over 30 grand will make your eyes water, you'll own a car which is a little bit different.
And of course, Mitsubishi is known for its bullet-proof, reliable engines – unlike some manufacturers I could mention.
Indeed, the Outlander has always been a popular choice for Mitsubishi Motors customers and this all-new model offers considerable advancements on what is already a successful formula.
Since 2001 a staggering 950,000 Outlanders have been sold worldwide.
That trend looks set to continue, especially with style-conscious families desiring a multi-talented, premium and roomy SUV – all of which are available from the fresh Outlander.
Mitsubishi Outlander: Pros & Cons
- Smooth √
- Safe √
- Stylish √
- Efficient √
- Unhurried X
- Pricey X
Mitsubishi Outlander: Fast facts
- Max speed: 118 mph
- 0-62 mph: 11.7 secs
- Combined mpg: 48.7
- Engine: 2268cc 4 cylinder 16 valve diesel
- Max. power (bhp): 147 at 3500 rpm
- Max. torque (lb/ft): 265 at 1500 rpm
- CO2: 153 g/km
- Price: £33,999