Mus­cu­lar, eco­nomic up­date

Mit­subishi’s petrol and diesel ver­sion of the Out­lander of­fer an in­ter­est­ing choice, PETER BARN­WELL writes

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WE have been for­tu­nate enough to get a drive of Mit­subishi’s two top of the range Out­lander As­pires in petrol and diesel, which sell for $43,890 and $46,890.

Both SUVs have a lot go­ing for them and af­ter ini­tially think­ing we would pre­fer the diesel, now we are undecided be­cause the petrol is a pretty good thing, too — and it costs three grand less.

KIT

The As­pire is full of kit in terms of lux­ury, safety and driver as­sist, in­clud­ing for­ward col­li­sion mit­i­ga­tion, re­v­erse cam­era, power tail­gate and radar cruise con­trol.

It gets leather, pre­mium au­dio, the full dig­i­tal con­nec­tiv­ity suite in Mit­subishi’s MMCS sys­tem sat­nav, Blue­tooth phone and au­dio and pad­dle shift — the proper sys­tem with large pad­dles on the steer­ing col­umn and not the wheel.

As­pire is a seven-seater with a com­pact third row down the back fold­ing into the floor. Some lug­gage room is still avail­able with all pews in place.

RE­VISED

Mit­subishi re­vised the Out­lander this year, giv­ing it a more mus­cu­lar look on the out­side, big­ger wheels, more chrome on some mod­els and more kit.

It looks heaps bet­ter than the first it­er­a­tion of this model.

In terms of per­for­mance, the diesel gets the gong thanks to its strong torque, which is avail­able low in the rev range. It moves the 1530kg Out­lander body eas­ily and eco­nom­i­cally.

ENGINES

The 2.2-litre diesel en­gine has been around for a while and is good for a rea­son­able 110kW and a handy 360Nm. Drive is through a con­ven­tional sixspeed auto and the all-wheel drive sys­tem has auto, lock and eco func­tions — same for petrol and diesel.

The petrol en­gine is a 2.4-litre four that’s also been around for some time. It’s good for 124kW/220Nm, which also moves the Out­lander eas­ily and eco­nom­i­cally. We got 5.8l/100km out of the diesel and 7.5l/100km out of the petrol — bang on the fac­tory claims and, in fact, they did bet­ter than that on the high­way.

The petrol’s CVT auto works well with min­i­mal flar­ing and more of a con­ven­tional auto’s feel. No doubt, it as­sists in that good fuel fig­ure. Mit­subishi tweaked it for im­proved launch feel and sharper changes.

LOOKS

The As­pire rolls on 18-inch al­loys and has a more pur­pose­ful look to its flanks with se­lec­tive use of chrome body hard­ware. We like the power as­sis­tance fit­ted to var­i­ous func­tions like the driver’s seat and the tail­gate, but the lat­ter still doesn’t go up far enough for taller peo­ple.

SAFETY

It’s a five-star rated ve­hi­cle and has plenty of ac­tive and pas­sive safety kit.

The driv­ing feel is good for an SUV, due in part to the re­cal­i­brated sus­pen­sion and over­all dy­namic tweak Out­lander was given this year.

It has an im­pres­sive fiveyear 130,000km war­ranty.

VER­DICT

Which one? The petrol for us this time.

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