Thursday, January 18, 2018

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out10Having tested the Outlander PHEV not long ago I was very interested to get the keys to the Outlander Aspire diesel as apart from the engine it is pretty much the same so it was good for me to get a good comparison between the two power plants.

 I do like the look of the Outlander the frontend seems to be a more modern take on the Mitsubishi family design style.

The open lower grille with fog lights, the thin chromed grilled in between the Hid head light complete with day time running lights at the front and clear lensed tail lights give the Otulander decent loks, the 18inch Alloys are one of the best factory done rims that I’ve seem and really set this car off specially with the wonderful Metallic red paint work which to me looks good in any light but is specially good looking in bright sunlight.

Stepping inside though I was a touch under whelmed, the interior is well set out and very functional to me but to me it doesn’t seem as modern looking as some of its competitors.
The leather bound steering wheel is comfortable to hold and has buttons for the Cruise, audio system, voice recognition and blue tooth.

The instrument panel is well set up and easy to read in any light there is a colour LCD screen in between the dials that can display various vehicle functions.
There is a simulated carbon fibre looking strip across the dash which did like and breaks up the expanse of the black dash.out2

The centre stack is home to the MMCS system with a 7 inch touch allows you to control access various settings and functions including the Bluetooth, phone, audio system and Sat Nav.
While relatively easy to use the system to me has a few annoying traits that I feel leaves it behind other system available in other brands.

Now one of my biggest bug bears was the fact you choose music or enter things into the Sat Nav while the car is moving. I understand this to stop drivers from being distracted while driving.

But it also stops your front seat passenger from doing anything while the car is moving as well, which meant I had to pull over and stop and wait for a stoppage in traffic so my passenger could search for a song or to enter a destination so it was a bit of a pain.

The system does also offer full Bluetooth connectivity and voice recognigtion which proved easy to use only took 20 odd seconds to connect my phone.

The MMCS also allows you to adjust all the settings on the vehicle as well as access a very handy ECO screen which not only tells you what your current fuel economy is but also gives you both a short and long history of it as well.out1

The seats are reasonably comfortable but I thought they were a touch short in the seat base so after a couple of driving my legs were sore when I got out. The back seat is comfortable and offered decent enough leg room  my teenagers didn’t complain about it.


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