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Mitsubishi Outlander Aspire car review
- Vital Stats
If you're looking for an SUV that's not too big and not too small but just right, has seven seats, loads of safety features and a diesel engine, the Mitsubishi Outlander Aspire might just be the car for you.
Style & drive
The Mitsubishi Outlander is available in three spec levels - ES, LS and Aspire - with the option of 2WD or 4WD and five or seven seats. I test-drove two Outlanders back-to-back - the mid-spec LS five-seater 2WD petrol model followed by the top-of-the-line Aspire seven-seater 4WD diesel model.
The difference between the two is quite remarkable. The 2.2L turbo diesel engine is far superior to the petrol engine with a lot more power the instant you press down on the accelerator. The dynamics are tighter and more responsive, and the whole driving experience in general is more satisfying. Of course you do have to pay for the extra perks. The price difference between the LS petrol 2WD and the Aspire diesel 4WD is $10,500, however for that extra 10k you do get a lot of cool stuff.
The Aspire comes loaded with all the goodies you'd expect from a top-spec model including keyless entry and keyless start, a touch-screen system with satellite navigation, CD/MP3 player, USB and iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, dual-zone air conditioning, a reversing camera with guidance system and reverse parking sensors. Rain-sensing wipers, auto headlights, a powered tailgate, 18-inch alloys, faux-wood trim and leather seats, and two bonus seats in the boot are also part of the Aspire package.
In line with the ES and LS models, the rear seats have a tumble-and-fold mechanism where bench flips forward and the backrest folds flat to create a completely flat floor. Rear vision is good, and car seat installation is made easy with ISOFIX hooks. The Aspire's best asset is its seven seats. Not many mid-sized SUVs offer the option, and although they're pretty compact, they're great for the extra kid or two you might have to drive around.
The Outlander scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating, and comes with seven airbags, including front, front side, full-length curtain airbags and a driver's knee airbag. The Outlander body uses Mitsubishi Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) design to provide outstanding passenger protection in the event of an accident. It also offers an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Active Stability Control (ASC), and Hill Start Assist (HSA). Also available as part of the Premium option on the LS and Aspire models ($5500) are advanced safety systems Forward Collision Mitigation System (FCM) which detects obstacles on the road and helps prevent a collision; and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which maintains a safe distance between you and the car in front, both on the freeway and in heavy traffic.
Eco (Outlander Aspire Diesel 7-seater)
Fuel consumption: 5.8L/100km
CO2 emission: 153g/km.
Outlander ES 2.0L Smart MIVEC 5MT 2WD 5-seater - $28,990
Outlander ES 2.0L Smart MIVEC CVT 2WD 5-seater - $31,240
Outlander LS 2.0L Smart MIVEC CVT 2WD 5-seater - $34,990
Outlander ES 2.4L Smart MIVEC CVT 4WD 5-seater - $33,990
Outlander LS 2.4L Smart MIVEC CVT 4WD 7-seater - $38,990
Outlander LS 2.2L DiD I/C T/C 6AT 4WD 7-seater - $40,990
Outlander Aspire 2.4L Smart MIVEC CVT 4WD 7-seater - $43,490
Outlander Aspire 2.2L DiD I/C T/C 6AT 4WD 7-seater - $45,490.
Describe the car in 3 words
Hardy, flexible, family.
What are the best things about this car?
The bonus seats in the boot. Not too many mid-sized SUVs come with seven seats.
And the downsides?
None that I can think of.
What does it run on?
Petrol or diesel models.
I did. With seven seats, added safety features and a diesel engine, the Outlander is a great buy.
If personified, who would this car be?
Kit Harington (Jon Snow in Game of Thrones).
(Review by Georgia Bartlett.)