Mitsubishi Outlander Estate 2004 - 2007

Mitsubishi Outlander Estate 2004 - 2007

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pros:

  • Comes with plenty of equipment
  • Its good looking
  • Very reliable

Cons:

  • Rear interior space is limited
  • There is only one engine and it’s costly to run

Overview

The Outlander is a rival to the Land Rover Freelander, strangely it uses the same platform as the Mitsubishi Evo, Mitsubishi’s performance car. As this platform is used on the Evo you may expect it to offer a good ride. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. With only one engine on offer you don’t get good performance or fuel efficiency either. To make it worse it comes with a four-speed automatic gearbox that saps any power it did have. The drive is rather forgettable too with vague steering and the Outlander leaning into the corners. At slower speeds around town the ride also feels uncomfortable. Inside the cabin the car improves though with all the passengers receiving plenty of room and comfortable seats. You also receive plenty of equipment for your money.

Exterior and Interior

The Outlander looks good from the outside and the interior is pretty much the same with touches of black wood and chrome. There is plenty of room inside for five adults to sit comfortably with the back seats coming with plenty of head and legroom despite the Outlanders lower than normal roof. The seats are also very cushioned and supportive making even long journeys comfortable and enjoyable. The boot isn’t very big though as the suspension intrudes into the space and the boot lip is high off the ground which can make loading heavier items difficult. The back seats do split and fold down, although not completely flat, to increase the boot space for any larger items you may need to transport. There are three trim levels available; the Equippe, Sport and Sport SE. All of them come with good equipment levels with even the entry level Equippe coming with alloys, a CD stereo, climate control, electric mirrors and windows, heated mirrors, roof rails, remote locking and plenty of safety kit. All the Sport adds is an electric sunroof, front fog lights and lumbar support with the Sport SE adding cruise control and leather seat trim.

Performance and Economy

The 2.4-litre MIVEC engine isn’t particularly good, especially when its attached to the automatic gearbox. It only achieves 28mpg and goes from 0-60mph in 10.8 seconds. To get there that quickly the engine has to be worked extremely hard because of the gearboxes four ratios. It is also noisy and not very refined. If you can find the manual gearbox on the market go for that, but the manual was bought in later in the Outlanders life so it proves harder to come by.

Like to Drive

The drive isn’t as good as you would expect it to with the steering wheel lacking in feeling. The high ride height also produces plenty of body roll in the corners and the ride feels firm around town and on rougher roads. Its better at higher speeds where it cruises nicely, but getting to a cruising speed can prove very noisy as you will need to push the engine hard to reach motorway speeds. The majority of the time the cabin is very quiet with wind noise only becoming apparent at higher speeds.

Faults and Repairs

There are very few faults in the Outlander to report due to Mitsubishi’s excellent build quality. The only fault that has been reported is that drivers can’t manage the 28mpg claimed by the company, with the real economy being nearer to the 24mpg mark. As long as its well looked after and serviced regularly you should experience very few problems with it.