2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Exceed AWD SUV Review

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Exceed AWD SUV Road Test Review

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Exceed Outlander Exceed Overview

Mitsubishi Outlander has had a mixed history in its life. Earlier generations were practical, great on dirt roads with a clever 4wd system and had a little something about them. The latest generation was launched some 6-7 years ago to mixed reviews and Mitsubishi has spent the last few years improving the model with little updates along the way, the latest in early 2019.

We have the Outlander AWD Exceed DiD model for a test drive.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Exceed

Outlander Exceed Exterior

Like a lot of us the Outlander has grown over the years. However that doesn’t mean it has grown fat, quite the opposite, it has kept a fairly lean shape and looks more like a wagon than the upright SUV shape so popular currently. The design is neither stunning nor boring.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Exceed

2019 model year Outlander is distinguished by a new-look twin-blade front grill in a sweeping style with LED headlights and auto high beam, as well as LED front fog lights and headlamp washers. From the side it portrays a smooth exterior, with sleek heated exterior mirrors with auto fold function.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Exceed

The rear again is sleek, with a spoiler on the auto opening tailgate. The door opens just enough for taller users. The Exceed runs two tone Alloy 18 x 7.0J rims with 225/55R18 98H tyres and a full size Alloy spare.

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Outlander Exceed Interior

Comfortable and spacious are the thoughts that first come to mind. Exceed has well bolstered heated front leather seats, soft touch points for elbows and good seat travel. The leather steering wheel adjusts in all directions and frames the instrument binnacle perfectly. The pedals are well spaced and with electronic adjustment the driver’s seat allows a flexible arrangement. There is no additional lumbar support, but nevertheless the driver’s seat is good for long distances.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Exceed

Even though the overall design is more wagon that upright SUV, getting in and out is easy.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Exceed

Driver ergonomics are good with a row of buttons to the right of the steering wheel and well laid out centre console and stack area. It’s all functional without being exceptional. Let me point out the ridiculous paddle shift levers that are excessively large, don’t move with the steering wheel and unnecessary.

The central 7 inch centre screen is functional however there is no embedded navigation, relying on your smart phone. This is ok for a vehicle that is predominantly suburban based. Also the Bluetooth quality isn’t the best but calls are clearer on Apple Car Play.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Exceed

In the back there is reasonable room for two more so than three passengers. Head room is good as is knee room. There are new rear A/C vents and a single USB plug, but unfortunately no third row ventilation. Seats have a clever slide function for third row access, but you have to be very small or acrobatically inclined to get in them let alone sit in them.

The boot area ranges from a measly 128Lto a handy 1608L with all seats folded. A clever function is for one side of seats to fold to give about 1845mm of load area. The load height is good and there is an auto tailgate function. However the process to fold the middle row seats flat is a bit convoluted and a little annoying.

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Outlander Exceed Features

As the Exceed is the range topping model you would expect it to have the most features. These include7 inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto,  a sunroof, heated front seats, Adaptive Cruise control (that can be switched to normal mode), electro chromatic rear view mirror, electric park brake, one touch auto windows from driver seats for all windows, ECO drive function, automatic dusk sensing headlights, automatic rain sensing wipers, intermittent rear wiper and washer, Multi Around Monitor (MAM), rear view camera, front and rear parking sensors, auto function on the rear tailgate.

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Outlander Exceed Engine and Drivetrain

Outlander has a 2.2L DiD 4 cylinder engine that produces power 110 Kw @ 3500 rpm and torque of 360 Nm @1500-2750 rpm. This runs through a 6 speed automatic transmission with manual shift facility. Economy is ADR rated at 6.2L/100Km but real world figures are closer to 9.8L/100K that we achieved in a mix of freeway and suburban driving.

Previous models had a clever 4WD system, but this model has a much simplified electronic controlled AWD system. Three driving modes balance fuel economy and driving performance. AWD ECO – Fuel-efficient mode, AWD AUTO – Normal mode and AWD LOCK- High ground covering ability.

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Outlander Exceed Driving Experience

While the power and torque figures are on the low side, the actual daily experience is that you don’t really notice it. In normal conditions the engine performs what is asked of it. It will happily potter around town and cruise without fuss on the freeway. Under cruise control it eats hills without hunting through the gears. The torque band really helps here.

On road the ride and handling is car like more than SUV and rivals the Subaru Outback for quietness. The revised suspension and steering calibration allows responsive driver input. Overall I have to say that it’s good.

However owners should think of the AWD system as an additional safety and traction aid, rather than any form of outback adventurer. It is great for snow trips, light forest trails and dirt roads. Anything more than that and the long front and real overhangs and low clearance are limiting. Towing capacity is good for the segment and the low torque delivery allows easy driving while towing.

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Outlander Exceed Dimensions

Overall Length    4695 mm

Wheelbase          2670 mm

Width                   1810 mm

Height                  1710 mm

Clearance            190 mm

Wading Depth    TBC mm

App / RO / Dep   19 / 19 / 20 deg.

Kerb Mass           1630 kg

Payload                660 kg

GVM                     2290 kg

GCM                     4290 kg

Fuel Tank             60 L

Turning Circle     10.6 m

Wheels / Tyres   17 x 7.5J Alloy 265/65R17 112S

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Outlander Exceed Safety

Outlander boasts a five star ANCAP safety rating and a reasonable array of both active and passive safety features.

Active Safety features include – Forward Collision Mitigation system (FCM), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Lane Change Assist (LCA), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Ultrasonic misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS), Adjustable speed limiter, Automatic High Beam (AHB), Emergency Stop Signal function (ESS), Emergency Brake Assist system (EBA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Active Stability Control (ASC), Active Traction Control (ATC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

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Airbags include – Driver & front passenger SRS airbags, Driver & front passenger side SRS airbags, Curtain SRS airbags, Driver knee airbag,

Other features include – Front seat belt pretensioners, Auto Locking Retractor (ALR) seatbelts on outboard 2nd row seats, 2 ISO-Fix child seat anchorage, 3 Child restraint top tether, Child proof rear door locks, Power window lock driver control – passenger windows

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Outlander Exceed Fit for Purpose

Outlander is a bit confused. It is an AWD SUV, but with wagon like styling. It is a seven seat vehicle but with tiny, almost redundant rear seats. If owners buy this as a five seat wagon with the benefit of AWD and very occasional 7 seats for a family transport then they will be happy. It’s got good towing capacity for the adventurous families as well.

Outlander Exceed Summary

It’s been a while since I have driven an Outlander, the last one was the unimpressive PHEV on launch. However after spending a week in the AWD Exceed and the LS 2WD for a week, I have to say I have been pleasantly surprised.

It represents outstanding value and well worth a drive.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Exceed

Good

  • Smoothness and ride
  • Value for money
  • General ambiance

Not so Good

  • Convoluted middle seat folding
  • Ridiculous paddle shift levers
  • Small rear seats

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Model   Mitsubishi Outlander Exceed AWD

  • Model Price $45,790 MLP*
  • Engine           2.2L DiD 4 Cylinder
  • Drivetrain     6 Sp AT AWD
  • Power           110 kW @ 3500 rpm
  • Torque          360 Nm @ 1500 – 2750 rpm
  • Safety            5 Star ANCAP
  • CO2               163 g/km
  • Economy ADR    6.2 L/100 km
  • Servicing      Capped Price
  • Tow Rating  2000 kg
  • Tow Ball Rating  200 kg
  • Warranty     5 Yrs. / Unlimited km Conditional Roadside Assist

*Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options.

Overall Rating:   79/100

  • Behind the Wheel             8
  • Comfort                              9
  • Equipment                          8
  • Ride & Handling                8
  • Performance                     8
  • Practicality                         8
  • Fit for Purpose                  8
  • Towing Ability                   7
  • Off Road Ability 6
  • Value for Money               9
Mitsubishi Outlander Exceed
  • Rating
4.0

Summary

It’s been a while since I have driven an Outlander, the last one was the unimpressive PHEV on launch. However after spending a week in the AWD Exceed and the LS 2WD for a week, I have to say I have been pleasantly surprised.

About Rob Fraser 1991 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.