Suzanne Keane checks out the latest commercial offering from Mitsubishi, the Outlander Business
What is it? The new Mitsubishi Outlander was given a facelift late in 2015 and this new “Business” model offers all that the passenger version does albeit with just 2 seats and plenty of space in the back.
Who is it aimed at? The Outlander Business is set to take on the competitive commercial 4×4 market with proven off-roading skills and plenty of space for goods.
Styling? The Business version of the Mitsubishi Outlander looks just like the Passenger model with tinted rear windows hiding the rear compartment.
Under the Bonnet? Our test car was powered by a 2.2L diesel engine with 4WD
What about inside? I was really impressed with the spec level on the 7 seater passenger model of the Outlander so was a little disappointed when I climbed into the commercial version – while it has the same space and overall finish the little luxuries such as leather seats and reversing camera were missing. However, once you’re on the road these differences aren’t noticeable and the rear side doors make loading up easy.
On the Road? The Outlander Business drives just like a passenger version although with slightly more road noise. It’s a very big vehicle and while the 2.2L engine has sufficient power it won’t set your heart racing. Off-road it’s extremely capable and had no problems driving around a muddy field in Co. Kerry and despite spending more than 1000km in the driver’s seat it was very comfortable.
And Safety? The Mitsubishi Outlander Business has a 5 star Euro NCAP rating and comes with 7 airbags, Active Stability, Traction Control, Hill Start Assist and ABS with EBD.
Options? Our test car was an Outlander Business 2.2 DI-D 4WD with no optional extras.
Will it break the bank? The 2 seater Outlander Business starts from €25,445 ex VAT and will cost just €333 to tax commercially (subject to T&Cs) and will consume an average of 5.3L/100km.
Verdict? The Outlander Business is extremely capable on and off-road and from the outside looks just like any other Outlander – however, a few luxury goodies added to the specification would make it a much more comfortable car.
Why you’ll buy one? Off-roading abilities & 5 year warranty
Why you won’t? Engine can be quite noisy on start-up
Mitsubishi Outlander Business
Engine: 2.2 DI-D 4WD AS&G
Max speed: 200kmph
0-100 kph: 10.2sec
Model price range: €25,445 ex VAT
Load Capacity: 1,341 litres
Towing Capacity: 2,000kg
No of Doors: 5 doors
Euro NCAP : 5 star
Fuel type: Diesel
Fuel Economy (combined cycle): 5.3 litres per 100km
17th February, 2016