Mitsubishi Grandis Estate 2004 - 2009

Mitsubishi Grandis Estate 2004 - 2009

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pros:

  • One of the coolest-looking MPVs around
  • Well-balanced and economical engines
  • Plenty of space in the cabin
  • High level of safety equipment

Cons:

  • The clutch is heavy to operate
  • It’s an expensive car

Overview

The Mitsubishi Grandis replaced the outdated Space Wagon in 2003. It is one of the few modern cars that have been built from scratch without using a platform of another car. So far, the majority of family MPVs are converted hatchbacks or saloons, and the Grandis stands out as being a purpose-built MPV. It is one of the coolest-looking family cars on the market and thanks to the economical engines has enjoyed massive success both in Europe and Japan.

Exterior and Interior

The mainstream version of the Grandis is loosely based on the daring concept by Olivier Boulay and was prepared for the 2001 Tokyo Motor show. The car featured cosmic design and so-called suicide doors. The Mitsubishi Grandis has retained the concept’s sleek roofline and the expressive front end design. As a result, the Grandis breaks the mould and shows that a family MPV doesn’t have to be boring. The car is built on a ladder frame, something that is rarely seen in mainstream car manufacturing today. However, thanks to adaptable suspension, the ladder frame doesn’t make the Grandis uncomfortable. The main benefit from this construction is the high level of safety. It is a very strong car and one of the safest family MPVs around. In addition to the sturdy construction, the car is equipped with passive safety systems, even the basic trim includes 6 airbags. The interior is flexible and comfortable. It may not be as intricate as in Renault Espace, but the Grandis does the job and makes travelling a pleasure. It comes with several seating layouts with 5, 6 or 7 seats. The latter may be a bit cramped, but it can still provide decent comfort for 7 adults.

Performance and Economy

It’s not only about the appearances. The cool exterior design is matched by equally exciting engine options. The sportier version comes with the famous 2.4-litre MIVEC engine with a variable valve timing system. Although it’s a hefty 4-cylinder engine with a large displacement and impressive power rating, it provides excellent economy. The heavy car can manage 30mpg effortlessly. This level of economy can only be achieved with a manual gearbox. The auto option will consume more fuel. The diesel enthusiasts will appreciate the Volkswagen’s 2-litre turbo diesel. It can deliver around 43mpg. The diesel is only available with a manual gearbox. Both cars are equally impressive performance-wise. They can manage around-10 second acceleration from zero to 60mph and reach a maximum speed of over 120mph.

Like to Drive

Thanks to the excellent performance, it’s a joy to drive the Mitsubishi Grandis. Many drivers fear the moment when they’ll be forced to switch to a "boring" MPV due to growing family demands. The good news for these drivers is that the Grandis is not boring. It drives well and looks cool. The Grandis seems keen to accelerate and provides superb handling with a pleasant and responsive action from the steering wheel. It is a massive car and no stability or traction control systems have been offered, so due care and attention should be taken. This is especially important when parallel parking because you will have no idea where the car ends.

Faults and Repairs

Both engines have received praise for their reliability and longevity. The petrol version is a sophisticated design that requires good regular maintenance. The Mitsubishi Grandis is a rather expensive car, but if you get a good example with low mileage and full service history, you’re in for a treat.