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Mitsubishi Grandis (2004–2010)

Last updated 25 August 2016

Kerb weight 1645–1710 kg
Warranty 3 years
Servicing 9,000–12,500 miles

Full specifications

Driving

With VAG's 134bhp 2.0 TDI pumpe duse engine hauling 1,710 kilograms, performance isn't scintillating. But it's not slow either. 0-60 in 10.5 seconds and 121mph top speed are a fair bit quicker than the average bus. 6 speeds keep the engine on the boil. And it doesn't display any of the unruly sudden delivery of maximum torque that can spin the front wheels of some lighter VAG cars.

Obviously you can't step out of an EVI IX FQ340 and expect the same sort of handling from a Grandis. But actually a low centre of gravity keeps roll understeer (the enemy of most MPVs) well under control. The steering has reasonable feel, too. So though it's not as agile as a Mazda 6, it's pretty good and doesn't chuck any custard pies at you half way round a corner.

Not exactly cheap, though. With a starter price of £19,699, rising to £23,699 for the DVD equipped Warrior we were in, the Grandis is up there in Espace, Previa and Voyager territory.

But it's far more carlike than any of these. And by proving that a 7 seater with luggage space doesn't have to look or drive like a minibus, it deserves a place on any large family's list.

 

Engines

Engine MPG 0-62 Top speed CO2
2.0 DI-D 43 mpg 10.8 s 121 mph 176 g/km
2.4 30 mpg 10.0 s 124 mph 223 g/km
 

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