FUNC­TIONAL, NOT FANCY

Pinjarra Murray Times - - DRIVEWAY - Paul and Ali Glover

THERE has never been a bet­ter time to buy a Mit­subishi Out­lander.

It’s not the new­est model on the SUV scene, or the most so­phis­ti­cated, but a $27,990 drive-away start­ing price makes a lot of sense for any­one buy­ing on a tight bud­get.

Even the seven-seater model comes in be­low $30,000 with the cur­rent runout deals. THE PICK-UP

This seems to be built for fam­i­lies who just want a car to be a car. It’s not fancy but it's func­tional. Is that fair?

ALI:

You’re spot-on. It’s hardly new, in fact quite old; but a ba­sic fron­twheel drive with con­stantly vari­able trans­mis­sion, at well un­der $30,000 for a 2017 model, is more than good enough for some peo­ple.

The out­side doesn’t ap­peal to me, sorry to say. It’s a lit­tle vanilla and I'm won­der­ing if there is any­thing new with this car?

If you want new, then you have to move to the smaller Eclipse Cross but that’s an ex­tra $3000. So what is the bot­tom line?

Well, it's got a five-year war­ranty, four years of road­side as­sist and capped-price servicing for three years. THE BAG­GAGE

I’m lik­ing the leather steer­ing wheel but the plastic trim is a bit cheap.

It would take just a quick test drive in one of its ri­vals to put the Out­lander into fo­cus. You have to pay more for a Hyundai Tuc­son but you can see and feel the dif­fer­ence. That’s with­out go­ing to a Mazda CX-5 at the top end.

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It has Blue­tooth but I find the con­nec­tiv­ity a lit­tle try­ing and I needed to yell for peo­ple to hear me. Oddly, the only speaker for the phone was in the left-front door, so I could barely hear any­one. Surely I am not that deaf yet.

It's an­other sign that Mit­subishi is strug­gling to keep the Out­lander com­pet­i­tive. THE COM­MUTE

It’s a tad snoozy when you se­lect eco mode but it gets go­ing if you put your foot down. So I found the per­for­mance fine.

Yes, it’s not a new-gen­er­a­tion turbo but the 2.4-litre petrol en­gine works fine. I think your frus­tra­tion comes from the CVT, which takes a while to wind up. So that’s it.

I was more an­noyed by the steer­ing, which frus­trated me with the lane de­par­ture tech push­ing against me

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at times. But it’s part of an im­pres­sive safety pack­age on the Out­lander ES. THE SHOP­PING

This car has a bit of the ‘trac­tor fac­tor’, so it’s a lit­tle harder to turn nose-in into some tighter park­ing bays. The rear cam­era is not huge but clear enough.

ALI:

It’s got a huge boot but that’s no sur­prise when the Out­lander can also be or­dered with seven seats. SUN­DAY RUN

The Out­lander is com­fort­able enough for longer trips, though it lacks some power head­ing up steeper ter­rain.

The per­for­mance is fine for me but noth­ing spe­cial in the class. THE FAM­ILY

The boot is huge and there is plenty of space in the back seat. But why are there still third-row cuphold­ers with­out the third row of seats? I think that’s a bit cheap. TICK OR NO TICK

It might seem I don’t like this car but it’s a good buy. I give it the Tick for value.

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It’s out­dated and only sell­ing on price. No Tick.

PAUL:

Mit­subishi Out­lander.

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