2007 Mitsubishi Outlander VRX review

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2007 Mitsubishi Outlander VRX review

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Options Fitted: Pearlescent Paint - $350

- by Karl Peskett

Value for money. It's subjective, naturally, but who really wants to spend more than they have to? Isn't it what most people are after these days?

Yes, there are exceptions, like when you hang a tag off something and it has the name Ferrari printed on it. But even that’s debatable, as some would argue that you get so much more with it – prestige, heritage and other non-tangible associations.

At the lower end of the scale we have the hotly contested midsized SUV market. And one of the players is staking its claim as a versatile, capable and cost-effective bush basher.

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The test car, a VR-X model, was finished in black pearlescent, which, apart from being hard to clean, gets hot, shows up scratches, and generally attracts every molecule of dust in the atmosphere. I like it.

Looking around, and the rest of the interior suits the semi-lifestyle image. The seats are comfortable and supportive, with slight bolstering to hold you in place. Alcantara is the gift-wrapping of the moment, and each seat was trimmed as such. Rear seat room is fabulous, and all passengers can stretch out with ease. The one-touch tumble and roll rear seats expand the cargo area to Herculean proportions, too.

But being able to hold gear without upchanging at the redline is exactly what you need in soft sand, and as that's all we have here in WA, it was nice to know that it would get through the hungry stuff without bogging down. In fact, road-pressure in the tyres was no impediment to forward progress, the Outlander being light enough not to sink down too far.

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But yes, if you do that all the time, you're fuel consumption will suffer. Thankfully it sips as well, with decent range possible from feather-footedness. You'll also need to take it easy on the brakes, too. They work reasonably well, if a little soft, but hard stabs at high speeds will see them fade into oblivion. This is unusual for Mitsubishi, as its car's brakes are normally excellent. Maybe a simple pad change would solve that.

The Mitsubishi Outlander is a damned good all-rounder.

And that's what I call value for money.