Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Reviews Best MidSize SUV Car and Supercar 2014

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MITSUBISHI Outlander PHEV – 2.0 Plug-in Petrol Hybrid

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2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport adds a 2.2 liter turbodiesel option, and a plug-in petrol/electric hybrid is due shortly. It’s spacious and well built midsize SUV. but seven seater rivals such as Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento offer superior performance and better value.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is made in Japan. The 2.0 liter petrol engine produces 100 kW of power at 6000 rpm and 195 Nm of torque at 4200 rpm.

The 2.2 liter four cylinder turbodiesel delivers 110 kW at 3500 rpm and 360 Nm from 1500-2750 rpm.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport PHEV plug-in petrol/electric hybrid has a lithium-ion battery that gives the midsize SUV an electric only range of up to 55 kilometers. It uses an electric drive motor at each end of the SUV. Its 2.0 liter petrol engine can operate as a generator, in series hybrid mode, or as part of the drivetrain, in parallel mode, giving a range of up to 880 kilometers.

The 2.4 liter CVT Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has three 4WD operating modes: Eco, which is basically front-wheel drive, Auto, which splits drive according to traction, terrain and throttle position, and Lock, which can be used on low-grip surfaces and is a fixed 50/50 front/rear split.

In addition, Eco drive mode cuts engine power and drives the front wheels only, except when traction is lost.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport’s suspension is MacPherson strut front/independent-multilink rear. Brakes are discs and steering is electromechanical.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Performance and Handling

The CVT transmission of Mitsubishi Outlander Sport tries as hard as it can to flatter the 2.4 liter petrol engine, but it’s a struggle at times.

As with any naturally-aspirated petrol engine, with no direct-injection or turbocharging, there’s relatively little torque on lap and it occurs too high in the rev range to be of much use. So in normal drive mode the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is sluggish off the line and slow to reach your chosen speed unless you use a lot of revs. In Eco mode it would be misleading to describe its initial forward progress as acceleration.

You have to push the pedal halfway to the floor and wait for the CVT to spin the engine up to speed, which takes too long. CVTs can be efficient and responsive, but not this one. You get a lot of noise and too little action compared with a conventional automatic.

These are six pretend ratios, and wheel paddles if you want to change gears yourself, but that rather defeats the purpose of choosing a CVT in the first place.

Fully loaded with kids and gear, you will wish you had bought the diesel, which I haven’t driven.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is resolutely anti-sport, but its dynamics are predictable, secure and safe.

It’s light, so although it’s also pretty big by class standards, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport doesn’t feel cumbersome.

MITSUBISHI Outlander PHEV – 2.0 Plug-in Petrol Hybrid

There’s some undestreer moderate roll, and considering the 70 aspect ratio tires, body movement is quite controlled.

Rough roads don’t upset the midsize SUV, although you do get some shake through the steering at times.

The steering itself is overassisted and imprecise, particularly in the straight ahead position at open-roads speeds. When turning into corners, it’s relatively indirect, which suits the overall dynamic package.

Inside the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport’s relentlessly grey interiors are as dour and as dull as its sheetmetal, but there is no issue with quality or functionality.

The simple, uncluttered dash features bright, illuminated instruments with a trip computer display between, plus a touch screen for the audio and phone, which incorporates a rear camera with parking reference lines.

A big unsupportive driver’s seat has plenty of travel, so with a reach/rake adjustable steering wheel as well, the driving position can be tailored to suit anyone. The deep dash cowl and the long bonnet make the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport seem pretty big from the driver’s seat.

Row two is spacious and comfortable, especially when you use all of its 250 mm travel and push it to the rearmost position, it’s firm and flat.

Row three is two individual seats that folds easily out of the floor. Access via row two is tight, because the seat doesn’t tumble fold, but the back seats themselves are fine for younger kids, and if you adjust row two on its tracks you can give everybody reasonable legroom.

MITSUBISHI Outlander PHEV – 2.0 Plug-in Petrol Hybrid
MITSUBISHI Outlander PHEV – 2.0 Plug-in Petrol Hybrid
MITSUBISHI Outlander PHEV – 2.0 Plug-in Petrol Hybrid
MITSUBISHI Outlander PHEV – 2.0 Plug-in Petrol Hybrid
MITSUBISHI Outlander PHEV – 2.0 Plug-in Petrol Hybrid

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