Deal breakers: The Mitsubishi Outlander air-conditioning system needs to be improved

Eric · Apr 28, 2020 11:58 AM

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Although the Mitsubishi Outlander is often overlooked in the C-segment SUV market, it remains as a very competent option for families seeking a 7-seater SUV.

While some may scoff at the Outlander’s lack of ADAS features or uninspiring design, it remains as a very capable (and surprisingly comfortable) family mover.

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Small niggles aside, the biggest gripe we had with the Mitsubishi Outlander is its air-conditioning system.

In an effort to appear driver-centric, the Outlander’s centre and driver’s side air-conditioning vents are angled towards the driver, which makes it unbearably cold on longer drives, while passengers at the rear are left feeling warmer.

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Yes, the air-conditioning vents can be angled, but despite angling it to extreme sides, it made little to no difference and was definitely an annoyance to anyone driving the Outlander.

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As for the rear passengers, despite being positioned as a 7-seater SUV, the Outlander isn’t equipped with rear air-conditioning vents.

No, really.

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To keep the rear passengers cool, the driver would need to crank up the fan speed to at least level 3 or 4, but that would bring us back to the first point. Setting a temperature that’s just nice for the occupants will be rather uncomfortable for the driver.

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Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia is aware of this, and as an effort to remedy that, buyers of the Outlander have the option of fitting the SUV with a roof-mounted air circulator, which helps to divert cool air to the second- and third-row seats.

But putting aside the poor air-conditioning design, the Mitsubishi Outlander offers superior ride and handling over its segment rivals.

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Even with its 18-inch alloy wheels, ride comfort is surprisingly supple without sacrificing handling. In fact, ride comfort is much better than the Honda CR-V.

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Its third-row seats are also the most spacious in its segment. While the Nissan X-Trail also boasts third-row seats, those are too cramped for comfort. The third-row seats in the Outlander are large enough to accommodate a 175 cm adult with ease.

Unlike a lot of its rivals, the Mitsubishi Outlander is also equipped, as standard, with window tints. 

Rounding up the Outlander is its service network – JD Power has ranked Mitsubishi the highest in after-sales service satisfaction, putting it slightly ahead of Toyota and Mazda.

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Eric

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Started from the IT industry but somehow managed to find his way into the automotive industry. If he’s not gaming, he’s constantly tinkering with his daily/weekend car.

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