Mitsubishi Outlander (2007 – 2012) Review

Mitsubishi Outlander (2007 – 2012) At A Glance


+Handsome looks and plenty of kit, Mitsubishi chain cam 2.3 DI-D engine is excellent. 5 seats + 2 child seats. Very competent off-road with 4WD. Also available with 2WD.

-Small rear seats are strictly for children only and rattle when not in use. With belt cam 2.2 PSA engine, crankshaft oil seal failures are leading to clutch slip.

Insurance Groups are between 24–27
On average it achieves 90% of the official MPG figure

This car is a nice surprise. We had to wait a long time for it because of some complex component sharing.

For the UK the first batch of Outlanders had the same Volkswagen 2.0 TDI PD 140PS as the Mitsubishi Grandis and countless numbers of Volkswagen, Skoda, SEAT and Audi models. And since it emits just 183g/km CO2, that gives it the smallest ‘carbon footprint' of any SUV capable of carrying seven.

Later it got a 158PS version of the new 2.2 litre diesel - developed by Ford, Peugeot and Citroen, and in exchange gave its body to the Citroen C-Crosser and Peugeot 4007.  It also has a 168bhp 2.4 MIVACs petrol engine combined with a CVT automatic transmission.

It's a handsome looking thing, with a front reminiscent of the L200 pick-up and a rear that looks remarkably like a Ford S-MAX. It was later facelifted later with Mistubishi 'jet fighter' look front, giving it a much more aggressive appearance.

Mitsubishi Outlander 2.0 DI-D 2007 Road Test

Road Test similar Peugeot 2007 with PSA 2.2 engine:  Peugeot 4007 2007 Road Test

Much improved Mitsubishi engined 2.2 DiD: Mitsubishi Outlander GX4 2011 Road Test and Video

Road test 2011 Outlander 2.2 GX4: Outlander 2.2 GX4 Test



Real MPG average for a Mitsubishi Outlander (2007 – 2012)


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Average performance


Real MPG

22–48 mpg

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Does my 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander have a timing belt or chain?

"Is my 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander with a 2.0-litre Di-D engine chain or belt driven? I have no service history so how can I check it’s been done if a it has a belt? Mileage is at 112,000 miles. "
This version of the Mitsubishi Outlander is powered by a 2.0-litre Volkswagen engine. It uses a timing belt, which should be replaced every 60,000 miles or five years (whichever comes first). If the car has no history or servicing paperwork then I would assume the belt hasn't been changed.
Answered by Dan Powell

Is a blown turbo replacement going to cost more than my car is worth?

"I'm wondering if my 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander has quite possibly blown its turbo. There's black smoke, an engine light on, whooshing noise, loss of power etc. What's the cost of repair if that's the case? Is it more than the value of the car?"
Reads like a seal failure on the turbo. Check the oil level when the engine is cold (top up if necessary) and then take it to a local garage for a diagnostics check. You should be able to find one with our Good Garage Guide:
Answered by Dan Powell

Buying a used 4x4 - Honda CR-V or Mitsubishi Outlander?

"My son is looking at the following cars to use around the narrow lanes etc in East Devon, Honda CR-V and Mitsubishi Outlander (both diesel) he has limited funds up to £6K, which would be the most reliable and comfortable car? "
Don't get the VW engined or the Peugeot engined Outlander. Only the 2.3 Mitsubishi chain cam engine. There were a few problems with the original CR-V 2.2iCTDI but not heard of any recently: He might get a 2006-2009 CR-V 2.2iCTDI. That's a 40mpg car but CRVs are prone to rear axle problems due to water ingress so cannot be driven through floods:
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Need a cost effective 4x4

"My son has had his 2005 Ford Focus written off in a multiple knock on the M5 and is considering what car to replace it with. He is thinking of selling his wife's truck (L200 type) as it is very rarely used now she has a local job. He would like a Land Rover Discovery, but I think he is asking for trouble with the limited amount he could spend on one. Can you suggest something more cost effective for them? "
The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander with 2.3-litre chain cam Mitsubishi engine is a surprisingly good vehicle capable of fuel economy in the 40s which you won't get from a Discovery. But why not simply put a 'CarryBoy' type van back on the L200? If you search around on eBay you can probably get one second hand.
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