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Mitsubishi Outlander 2022 review

The new Outlander has a brave, bold design but that’s not particularly unique in this class of SUVs.
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7.5
The all-new Outlander midsize SUV is based on the same underpinnings as the new-generation Nissan X-Trail (due here in 2022), and competes with the big players in this segment, such as the Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage.

The Mitsubishi Outlander is an Aussie family favourite and now the new-generation of this SUV has arrived.

A large but still mid-sized SUV the Outlander competes with the likes of the Nissan X-Trail, Subaru Forester and Kia Sportage. 

A plug-in hybrid version of this new gem Outlander is due to arrive soon.

Giving the Outlander an advantage over other mid-sized SUVs is that it can be had with seven seats. But in some ways the Outlanders fall short.

To find out the answers to all your Outlander questions read on.
 

What do we love about the Mitsubishi Outlander?

This is the fourth-generation Outlander and for the launch of a brand spankingly new version of the popular SUV Mitsubishi handed us the keys to live with it for a week. This means we could do a real-world test to find out what’s to love or what could be better. Let’s start with the good points.

This new-generation SUV looks solid, chunky (in a good way) and the styling is refreshingly modern. (Image: Dean McCartney) This new-generation SUV looks solid, chunky (in a good way) and the styling is refreshingly modern. (Image: Dean McCartney)

We loved the look of the new Outlander. The exterior of the previous generation looked a bit unfinished with its pointy face and was becoming outdated, but this new-generation SUV looks solid, chunky (in a good way) and the styling is refreshingly modern.

We also love the Outlander’s value-for-money. The entry-grade ES starts at a list price of $34,490 and the range tops out with the Exceed Tourer at $49,990. The pick of the range is the LS which is $37,990 in front-wheel drive guise and comes with a lot of equipment at a good price.

We loved the Outlander’s safety tech as well. This is a family car and all grades from the LS upwards come with rear cross-traffic alert with reverse AEB, plus front and rear parking sensors.

Arriving in 2022 will be the plug-in hybrid version of the Outlander. We loved this variant in the previous generation, and I’d bet almost everything on loving the new one, too.

What do we dislike?

There’s always room for improvement and having lived with the Outlander for a week we now know its ‘week points’. Get it? Okay, I’ll work more on my comedy routine. Here’s what we disliked.

We didn’t like the how uncomfortable the Outlander felt to drive. Don’t get us wrong, it was easy to drive, but the ride was overly firm and jarring. This could be down to the large 20-inch wheels on the Aspire grade we had and low-profile tyres or the set-up of the springs and dampers. 

Whatever the reason, on the road loop I always test cars on, the Outlander had one of the more uncomfortable rides compared to its rivals.

The interior was another area we didn’t love. See, while the bravely styled exterior is something that impressed us muchly, the Outlander’s insides are too business-like and plain. 

The ride was overly firm and jarring which could be down to the large 20-inch wheels on the Aspire grade we had and low-profile tyres. (Image: Dean McCartney) The ride was overly firm and jarring which could be down to the large 20-inch wheels on the Aspire grade we had and low-profile tyres. (Image: Dean McCartney)

Other brands such as Kia and Hyundai are now producing interiors which are startlingly artistic and every square centimetre feels well crafted, but the Outlander’s cabin lacks the same refinement or attention to detail. Large, flat surfaces without purpose or even a texture abound, and it seems styling is skewed way more to function than form.

Also, you should know that the while the warranty covers you for five years, the catch is it only covers the first 100,000km. 

Mitsubishi does have a 10-year/200,000km warranty, but only if you always service the Outlander at a Mitsubishi dealer. So, just be mindful of this if you’re clocking up a lot of kilometres in a short time. Otherwise, there’s great capped price servicing and roadside assistance thrown in, which is also excellent. 

How much does a Mitsubishi Outlander cost?

We already mentioned the Outlander’s great value-for-money being something we loved and gave you the price range from how much it costs to get into the entry model and to what the top-grade costs, but let’s look at the full price list. 

Remember also that dealers often do a drive-away price. 

The Aspire costs $41,490 ($2500 more for AWD). (Image: Dean McCartney) The Aspire costs $41,490 ($2500 more for AWD). (Image: Dean McCartney)

The entry grade Outlander is the ES and it lists (RRP) for $34,490 and that has five seats and it’s front-wheel drive. If you want the ES five-seater with all-wheel drive its $2500 more. And, if you want seven seats and just front-wheel drive then it’s $35,490.

The grades above the ES are seven seaters only. There’s the LS which is $37,990 (again, $2500 more if you want AWD), then the Aspire for $41,490 ($2500 more for AWD)  and then at the top is the Exceed for $47,990 and the Exceed Tourer for $49,990 – both are all-wheel drive only.

How much storage space does the Mitsubishi Outlander have?

When it comes to the Outlander’s storage space decent boot space dimensions mean 163 litres of luggage capacity when all seven seats are in place and 478 litres of boot space when the third row is folded flat. 

There's 163 litres of luggage capacity when all seven seats are in place. (Image:Dean McCartney) There's 163 litres of luggage capacity when all seven seats are in place. (Image:Dean McCartney)

That’s a good size and it’s measured to the cargo cover, too. If you’re looking for a cargo barrier, you’re in luck because Mitsubishi has them for $1274. A cargo liner is also in the Mitsubishi genuine parts catalogue.

All grades, apart from the entry-level ES, come with roof rails. But here’s a tip. For $1271 you can buy a genuine Mitsubishi roof rails and roof rack cross bars kit.

There's 478 litres of boot space when the third row is folded flat. (Image: Dean McCartney) There's 478 litres of boot space when the third row is folded flat. (Image: Dean McCartney)

What is the Mitsubishi Outlander towing capacity?

The load capacity for the Outlander ranges from 660kg to 720kg, while braked towing capacity of the Outlander is 1600kg. A genuine Mitsubishi tow bar kit costs $1292. 

Is the Mitsubishi Outlander 4x4 and can you use it off-road

The Outlander is not a serious 4WD vehicle in the same way a Mitsubishi Pajero is with its impressive off-road capability. The Outlander comes in front-wheel drive (4x2) and all-wheel drive (AWD). For our off-road review see our Adventure Guide.

What is the Mitsubishi Outlander's ground clearance?

The Outlander’s ground clearance is 205mm for the ES and LS, while the Aspire, Exceed and Exceed Tourer is 210mm. As for a lift kit, well, Mitsubishi doesn’t have one for the Outlander but there are plenty of aftermarket outlets who’d do it for you.

What is the Mitsubishi Outlander's wading depth?

The wading depth of the Outlander is 400mm.

How does the Mitsubishi Outlander interior look & feel?

As mentioned earlier in this review, the Outlander’s interior lacks the refinement and creativity in design of its rivals from Hyundai and Kia. That said, as our images show, the interior is business-like and functional. 

Leather upholstery is standard on the Exceed and Exceed Tourer.

The interior is business-like and functional (Image: Dean McCartney) The interior is business-like and functional (Image: Dean McCartney)

What colours is the Mitsubishi Outlander available in?

The Outlander comes in a choice of seven colours: White, White Diamond, Sterling Silver (grey), Red Diamond, Cosmic Blue, Titanium, and Black Diamond. 

Sorry no brown, green, gold, orange or yellow. Some would say that’s a good thing.

What features come standard with the Mitsubishi Outlander?

Standard features on the entry-grade ES include a 9.0-inch media display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, sat nav (GPS navigation system), dual-zone front row climate control (even better than just an air-conditioner), front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, a reverse camera, electric parking brake, push-button start, cup holders in all rows, a trip computer, lane assist and LED headlights and running lights.

Next is the LS and here’s when things get really good. The LS adds privacy glass, automatic headlights with auto high beam, leather steering wheel, a proximity key (a smart key for keyless entry with automatic door lock), silver roof rails, a wireless phone charger and rain-sensing wipers/

The Aspire adds 20-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, microsuede/synthetic leather seat trim, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 360-degree monitor, power driver seat, power tailgate and a head-up display.

The Exceed adds leather seats, three-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, power driver and passenger front seats, pull up sunshades for the back windows and a Bose sound system.

The Aspire variant adds heated front seats. (Image: Dean McCartney) The Aspire variant adds heated front seats. (Image: Dean McCartney)

The Exceed Tourer is the big kahuna of the range but all it offers over the others is a two-tone exterior body colour, two-tone leather interior and massaging front seats.

The ES and LS come with with a full-sized spare tyre, while the higher grades come with a space saver spare.

There's not much missing here in terms of standard features apart from a rear seat entertainment system, heated steering wheel or park assist (auto parking).

If you are wondering if the Outlander has a diff lock the answer is no - more serious off-road vehicles such as the Pajero are fitted with a differential lock.

Awnings are part of Mitsubishi's genuine parts catalogue for the Outlander but there are outlets which will fit one to any SUV.

There is currently no sport edition of the Outlander.

There's cup holders in all rows. (Image: Dean McCartney) There's cup holders in all rows. (Image: Dean McCartney)

What features can you upgrade?

The Outlander which already comes standard with LED headlights, 18-inch alloys wheels (or 20-inch rims on the higher grades), daytime running lights (driving lights) and a rear spoiler. If you’re after more then check out Mitsubishi’s genuine accessories which include a nudge bar and body kit upgrades. Create your own off-road or luxury pack.

The Outlander already comes standard with LED headlights. (Image: Dean McCartney) The Outlander already comes standard with LED headlights. (Image: Dean McCartney)

If you are looking for equipment such as off-road tyres or all-terrain tyres, side skirts, a side-step set-up. a light bar, a bull bar or even seriously tough stuff like a snorkel, winch and underbody protection then the after market will help you out.

Remember though, the Outlander isn’t a serious off-road vehicle like a Pajero so don’t go too far off the tarmac.

Mitsubishi doesn’t offer a premium package or a convenience pack for the Outlander. 

Does the Mitsubishi Outlander have Apple CarPlay & Android Auto?

Are there any must have accessories?

The wheel designs through the trim levels are impressively stylish, but the collection of rims available through Mitsubishi’s accessories department is excellent. There are also floor mats for all three rows.

If you’re after a seat belt extender there are plenty of aftermarket companies which can equip your Outlander.

What are the dimensions of the Mitsubishi Outlander?

The Outlander is 4710mm long, 1862mm wide and 1740-1745mm tall depending on which wheels you have and if you have roof rails. 

The Outlander is a large mid-size SUV and this translates to decent interior dimensions.

The gross vehicle weight ranges from 2245kg-2355kg.

The Outlander is 4710mm long, 1862mm wide and 1740-1745mm tall. (Image: Dean McCartney) The Outlander is 4710mm long, 1862mm wide and 1740-1745mm tall. (Image: Dean McCartney)

What are the key stats & specs of Mitsubishi Outlander engine?

The Outlander has a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. The torque specs are not as high as a diesel of the same engine size, but 245Nm isn’t bad, and power output is 135kW. Those output ratings are typical of an engine this size.

No turbo or supercharger here. This motor is naturally aspirated.

No gearbox either – instead there’s a continuously variable transmission.  

As for the oil type, follow the guidance of a Mitsubishi service centre.

The Outlander has a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. (Image: Dean McCartney) The Outlander has a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. (Image: Dean McCartney)

Does the Mitsubishi Outlander have any common problems, issues or faults?

When it comes to issues and faults with the Outlander have a look at our problems page. And if your Outlander experiences any defects, transmission issues or suspension, engine or any automatic transmission problems be sure to let us know.

If you’re the owner of an older Outlander tell us if you’ve had any rust issues, diesel problems or turbo worries, too.

What is the Mitsubishi Outlander's fuel consumption?

Mitsubishi says that after a combination of open and urban roads the Outlander should be using between 7.5-7.7L/100km in the two-wheel drive and between 7.8 and 8.1L/100km in the all-wheel drive car. 

I tested the front-wheel drive version in the Aspire grade and measured 13.6L/100km at the fuel pump. That’s about 7.4km/l. Which isn’t the best mileage in the class. 

There is an Eco mode but for the most part of my testing I kept the Outlander in Normal driving mode.  

That’s the petrol consumption, because there is no diesel Outlander for this new generation. If you’re looking for the diesel fuel consumption of older Outlanders we have plenty of reviews on the previous iterations of this SUV.

Does the Mitsubishi Outlander come in diesel?

This new-generation Outlander does not come in diesel, nor does it run on LPG. It's petrol only. The previous generation was available with a turbodiesel engine. 

While a pure EV version doesn’t exist a plug-in hybrid variant will arrive in Australia in 2022.

What is the fuel tank capacity of the Mitsubishi Outlander?

The Outlander's fuel tank size is 55 litres.

Which version of the Mitsubishi Outlander is the best?

There are five models or variants in the Outlander range and the best version is the top-of-the-range Exceed Tourer. That said, the best value-for-money is the LS. A model comparison with rivals sees the Outlander being a little below par in areas such as driving comfort. 

There is no launch edition for the 2022 model year.

How does the Mitsubishi Outlander compare to its rivals?

The Outlander compared to its rivals is good value-for-money, but can’t quite match many of them for interior refinement or ride comfort. This would be the case of say the Outlander vs the Subaru Forester or Hyundai Tucson

How many seats does the Mitsubishi Outlander have?

In terms of seating, the Outlander comes with a choice of five or seven seats (two seats in the third row) in the entry-grade ES or exclusively with seven seats in the grades above.

All grades come with sport seats up front. (Image: Dean McCartney) All grades come with sport seats up front. (Image: Dean McCartney)

The Exceed and Exceed Tourer grades come with leather upholstery.

All grades come with sport seats up front.

 The Outlander comes with a choice of five or seven seats. (Image: Dean McCartney) The Outlander comes with a choice of five or seven seats. (Image: Dean McCartney)

How much does the Mitsubishi Outlander cost to service?

The Outlander’s maintenance costs are low when it comes to services. There’s capped price servicing which sees owners pay $199 for each visit over five years.

Is Mitsubishi Outlander reliable?

Does the Mitsubishi Outlander have a manual or automatic transmission?

The Outlander has an automatic transmission. A manual is not available.

Does the Mitsubishi Outlander have a dual battery system?

The Outlander does not come standard with a dual battery system, but these can be fitted by after market companies for off-road touring. This is not to be confused with the battery system in the plug-in hybrid variant of the Outlander.

How good is the Mitsubishi Outlander's sound system and infotainment set-up?

The Outlander’s standard sound system and infotainment set up are good, but the higher Exceed grade comes with a premium quality Bose stereo.

All grades come with a 9.0-inch multi-media touch screen, a quality stereo with six-speakers (plus a sub-woofer on the Bose system) with AM/FM radio and DAB radio. There isn’t a DVD or radio CD player.

Standard features on the entry-grade ES include a 9.0-inch media display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. (Image: Dean McCartney) Standard features on the entry-grade ES include a 9.0-inch media display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. (Image: Dean McCartney)

How does the Mitsubishi Outlander feel to drive?

The Outlander can be uncomfortable to drive on roads that are very smooth, this may be in part due to its large diameter wheels and low-profile tyres not being an ideal match for the suspension system. Front and rear suspension is coil springs and dampers, not air suspension.

On the plus side there is minimal road noise, and the turning radius is 5.3m, an impressive turning circle performance for the class

How fast is the Mitsubishi Outlander?

The Outlander has a 0-100km/h time of approximately 10.5 seconds. That’s not sportscar acceleration, but this family SUV doesn’t have excessive horsepower. Getting up to speed on the highway is typical of an SUV in this class.

What is the Mitsubishi Outlander safety rating?

Does the Mitsubishi Outlander have ISOFIX points?

The Mitsubishi Outlander has two ISOFIX points in the second row.

Does the Mitsubishi Outlander have a timing belt or chain?

The Mitsubishi Outlander has a timing chain.

How many years and km does the warranty last?

The Mitsubishi Outlander has a five-year/100,00km warranty. A 10-year/200,000 extended warranty can be had if the Outlander is serviced at authorised Mitsubishi dealers.

The Mitsubishi Outlander has a five-year/100,00km warranty. (Image: Dean McCartney) The Mitsubishi Outlander has a five-year/100,00km warranty. (Image: Dean McCartney)

Is there anything unique about the Mitsubishi Outlander's design?

The Mitsubishi Outlander has a brave, bold front design but that’d not particularly unique in the class of SUVs. 

The exterior of the Outlander is more impressive than it’s interior which feel less refined that some of its rivals.

The Outlander’s alloy wheels are 18-inch in size for the entry-grade ES and step up to 20-inches for the Aspire and above.

The Mitsubishi Outlander has a brave, bold front design. (Image: Dean McCartney) The Mitsubishi Outlander has a brave, bold front design. (Image: Dean McCartney)

Where can you download the Mitsubishi Outlander owner's manual?

It’s best not to download the Mitsubishi Outlander’s owner’s manual. Instead ask your local Mitsubishi dealer if they can supply you with one. 

Who makes the Mitsubishi Outlander?

Where is the Mitsubishi Outlander built?

The Mitsubishi Outlander is built in Japan.

How good is the resale value of a Mitsubishi Outlander?

The Outlander’s popularity ensures that well looked after examples hold their value well. 

Is the Mitsubishi Outlander good value?

The Mitsubishi Outlander is excellent value, particularly the LS grade.

Verdict 7.5/10

Is the Mitsubishi Outlander a good car?

The new-generation Mitsubishi Outlander is a big improvement on the previous model, with its new looks, better safety tech and plenty of features for the money. That said, the Outlander has some fierce rivals which are more comfortable to drive and have interiors that feel better crafted and more creative.

Richard Berry
Expert Rating
Senior Journalist
7.5

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