Great review. It’s always obvious when a tester has actually driven a car rather than take it for an hour-long spin and it’s great to see some good advice on which model.
Does the image of the dash actually say the consumption average is 42.5 L/100km ?
That’s the instantaneous view, when standing still it sort of goes a little over the top.
Not really, I have as ASX, It shows(L/100km) that kind of a reading in the initial few KM of driving when you reverse the car
Alborz, how does this compare to the two other versions …The variations from Peugeot 4007 and Citroen C-Crosser? They are the same vehicle but both have 2.2 diesels with classier looks. (And dual clutch autos).
Citroen isn’t sold here. The Peugeot is uglier IMO and it costs more than the VRX without the multimedia screen, so maybe a good thing depending on how you look at it. A Peugeot 508 wagon is so much better for the money.
You can read my review of the 4007 here: http://www.caradvice.com.au/64153/peugeot-4007-review-road-test/
It was much more expensive when I tested it than it is now, but even so, I did like it better than the outlander for its diesel engine and revised interior (different seats etc) – but ultimately its an Outlander with a Peugeot face. It’s even built by Mitsubishi!
Well for me I think the flawed media interface is a deal breaker..
I heard a black SUV start up at the pump next to me not taking any notice of what it was. It sounded really meaty, looked over and it was an Outlander VRX! Not really relevant to the natural buyer of them but it sounded fantastic!
$52,640?! Rofl. No thanks.
Real-world drive-away is closer to $48k….
Right… and you can get a CX-7 Luxury for $46,990 drive-away.
Not sure where you got $50k+ plus prices from – I got mine for less than $49k from Phil Gilbert Auburn not that long ago.
The MMCS flaws are the main reason why I went for a regular 4WD ASX as opposed to the Aspire.
The MMCS iPod cable will definitely charge normal iPods just fine – my 160Gb one never leaves the glovebox unless it’s needed to add more music.
It didn’t charge our iPod Touch or iPhone 4 or 4S (tested all three) but perhaps the pin configuration is different for yours?
The MMCS BT audio volume is adjusted independently of the radio system volume – you need to be in a call to adjust it.
The single rightside speaker is used for the satnav spoken instructions as well as the phone system, and is plenty loud enough.
How do you adjust it when you’re in the call? I tried doing it whilst on the call as well, but there was no response from the MMCS volume control and there was no other place I could see where a volume change could take place. I am sure it’s possible, which is what I said I couldn’t find out how to do it, and that was two weeks of trying to figure it out, so if it’s that complicated, it probably needs a rethink.
Apparently, less than 1 in 10 Outlanders sold is a V6.
Alborz, i jumped into my uncles VRX outlander today, paired my Samsung Galaxy S2 phone and made a call…. During the call the volume from the bluetooth speaker was able to be adjusted up and down by using the steering wheel mounted volume control buttons.
The bluetooth volume can only be adjusted during a actually call though (the same as my wifes SP25 mazda and my FPV F6).
Thanks for that Bob. I tried using the MMCS to turn the volume up not the steering wheel controls (i figured they were the same). I will make a note to the review.
I have a VR Outlander and to be honest once your past the whizz bangery of the pretty stuff on the VRX model, the VR model is the much better buy, mechanically identical and a hell of a lot cheaper!
Real world fuel economy isn’t great, but performance is very strong, the V6 engine has a pretty meaty note to it which is nice, the gearbox can be a bit frustrating though, hunts between the gears quite a bit. Interior quality doesn’t look all that great compared to VW for example, cheap plastics etc, but build quality is very good, after 2 years and 50,000km’s there are no rattles. Yeah the ride can be a bit choppy, but generally its a pretty in-offensive drive which I guess is what 99% of SUV buyers are after, you’d buy a sportscar if you where after a performance drive and you’d buy a proper 4WD if you where after off road performance.
Also there is quite a bit of torque steer when the diffs are in tarmac mode, not a problem when driving around town but on twisty roads its a bit annoying and wheel spin is very easy to get because tarmac mode is basically FWD with a little bit of rear drive once front wheel spin is detected. Also in the wet just driving normally in tarmac road its easy to spin the front wheels.
In the wet or when your getting up it a bit then your best to put it in snow mode which is more of a proper 4WD mode.
Also on occassiosn when driving on my families rural property on muddy modes, the car has very good traction in “lock”, the active diffs seem to do a pretty good job of splitting the torque between the 4 wheels.
Wow for 52k in Nrth America you get an RX450H, Lexus GX
Ah – there I would expect a reviewer to be incapable of operating volume controls and write about it in a review – without reading the owners manual……
I’m of the approach that if you need to go through the owner’s manual of a car to work out how to turn the bluetooth volume up, something has gone wrong in the user interface design. Nonetheless, I did, of course, try to turn the volume up mid-call but also had no luck doing so. Perhaps it was just the test car had an issue with its speaker (as the microphone was also really poor)
Let me get this right….
You are a professional reviewer. You are handed a vehicle to review, and you proceed to operate the vehicle; discover you don’t understand how something works and rather than researching it (by reading the provided manual) you publish an article in ignorance.
No. I try all the common ways to make something work – if something as simple as turning up the volume requires research – then I see that as a bit of an issue.