Mitsubishi Outlander – 2.0L vs 2.4L, which one to pick?

Eric/Jan 02, 2020 09:27 AM

The Mitsubishi Outlander first made its Malaysian debut back in 2016 in one form - 2.4-litre, CBU from Japan. 

Local assembly of the Mitsubishi Outlander started in 2017 with the 2.0-litre model, followed by the 2.4-litre model a few months later. 

The Outlander 2.0 is priced from RM 137,888, while the Outlander 2.4 is priced from RM 152,888.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander front view

Mitsubishi knows a thing or two about making SUVs look good

Which one should you pick?

Both variants of the Mitsubishi Outlander are generously equipped, as even the base model gets 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry with engine push start button, automatic dual-zone climate control, 7 airbags, a built-in DVR, and Mitsubishi’s 360-degree monitor called All-Round Monitor.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay on the Outlander

Furthermore, both variants of the Outlander also feature Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity via its built-in 7-inch touchscreen head unit.

What sets the 2.4-litre model apart from the 2.0-litre are automatic LED headlights, a powered tailgate with Anti-Pinch, a rear spoiler, electric parking brake with Auto Hold, paddle shifters, 8-way power-adjustable driver seat, electrochromic rear view mirror, and a sunroof.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander dashboard

Far from the fanciest dashboard, but the layout is logical and easy-to-use

As such, you’re not losing out a lot by opting for the cheaper 2.0-litre model.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander handbrake

2.0 models get mechanical parking brakes, while 2.4 models get an electric parking brake

Your bank account may thank you as well, as you can save an average of RM 155 per month on monthly installments. 

But why pick the Outlander?

Apart from its long list of standard equipment, what sets the Outlander apart from its competition is its superior ride and handling.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander front view

Quiet ride is great for long-distance driving

Even with its 18-inch alloy wheels, ride comfort is surprisingly supple without compromising handling. With that said, ride comfort actually surpasses that of the Honda CR-V.

Apart from its superior ride comfort, the Outlander’s cabin is also quieter than the Honda CR-V or Mazda CX-5.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander rear seats

Third-row seats are surprisingly spacious

Then there’s the third-row seats in the Outlander, which are the most spacious in its class. Never mind the Nissan X-Trail’s cramped third-row seats, the ones in the Outlander are large enough to accommodate a 175 cm adult with ease.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander side view

Red looks surprisingly good

However, the Outlander falls short dynamically at long sweeping corners, as its steering does not feel as precise as the Mazda CX-5 or Honda CR-V. Then again, the Outlander’s rear section is longer to accommodate the third-row seats – itself bigger than those offered in the Nissan X-Trail or overseas market CR-V.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander optional rear air blower

There is an optional rear air circulator for buyers too

Despite being a 7-seater, the Mitsubishi Outlander does not come with rear air-conditioning vents, though this can be remedied easily – Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia offers an optional rear air circulator to keep rear passengers cool.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander emblem

Outlander

So, if you’re shopping for a 7-seater SUV, give the Outlander a second look, it may just surprise you.

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