The Outlander recently scooped the award for the best budget-friendly 7- and 8-seater passenger vehicle
by RUBIN VAN NIEKERK
*Prices and Specs accurate at time of publishing
The Outlander recently scooped the award for the best budget-friendly 7- and 8-seater passenger vehicle by Kelley Blue Book (www.KBB.com) and Mitsubishi claims that the Outlander is one of SA’s favourite luxury lifestyle vehicles. This popular crossover has undergone a major makeover making it a little fresher and more stylish than before. It doesn’t matter how to slice it, this is a vehicle built for practicality so it’s never going to be sexy.
Let’s look at what makes the Outlander so great. For starters it’s a land ship measuring 4695mm in length, longer than most of its competitors.
The seven seats are distributed across three rows with more folding options than a Rubik’s Cube for an impressive amount of space. Annoying passengers can be amused by a nine-inch roof-mounted DVD player paired with either the Rockford Fosgate sound system or cordless infrared headsets.
Once you have the passengers entertained you can take time to appreciate the glass sunroof, automatic lights and windshield wipers, dual-zone climate control, touch screen display and all the other upmarket features. Whether you are cruising long distances or tackling traffic, the 2,4-litre, 16-valve DOHC MIVEC engine does the job, although I did find the CVT gearbox a little sluggish in certain situations.
I think I often don’t appreciate these vehicles, as I am single with no children and seldom have oodles of stuff to transport. The timing of this test drive, however, was perfect as I had hundreds of bottles of water along with equipment and people to ferry. For the price with standard equipment it’s not a bad deal at all, but I wouldn’t want to tow anything heavy with it.